Harps welcome Galway to Finn Park on Monday

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan says the players must move on quickly from Friday night’s win over Drogheda Utd as his team tries to get a result from tomorrow evening’s League of Ireland First Division game against Galway Utd in Ballybofey (kick-off 5.00). With more injuries and suspensions pending in the next couple of weeks is going to really test the small Harps squad according to the Harps boss. “It was really good to get that win over Drogheda and the lads deserve great credit for the way they came back after we went a goal behind. But, we really need to build on that right away as we are at home again tomorrow evening against Galway. But our injury list is growing so it’s really going to stretch our squad over the next few games at least. There will be suspensions coming as well and we’re awaiting news on that. Listen Galway are a full-time outfit and we’ll really be up against it but it’s still a game we need to get something from if we are to stay with the top teams in the Division. Galway got the win in Athlone on Friday night so they will come here looking for the three points as well. They have a lot of fine players like Conor Barry, Alan Murphy, Ryan Connolly, Gary Shanahan and young Conor Layng so it’s going to be a big ask to get something from the game” Horgan said.

The quick turnaround from Friday night means tired bodies and further injuries concerns with Paddy McCourt out while Mark Timlin (hamstring) is extremely doubtful and there is also a concern over Ciaran O’Connor (arm). That’s on top of Gareth Harkin, Adam Duffy and Liam Walsh who have been out long term.

“It would be a big enough challenge to take on Galway with everyone available but we will have to replace Paddy {McCourt] and Mark [Timlin] is really struggling with a hamstring injury. Like Paddy he really shouldn’t have played against Drogheda. Paddy did really well when he came on for the second half against Drogheda but he lasted only over 20 minutes because of that ongoing calf injury. Ciaran O’Connor hurt his arm on Friday night so we’ll have to see how he is tomorrow. Look with all these things we’ll have to wait and see what will be available to us when we meet up at Finn Park in the afternoon.”

Injured: Gareth Harkin, Adam Duffy, Liam Walsh, Paddy McCourt

Doubtful: Mark Timlin, Ciaran O’Connor


United secured a second successive 3-0 win on Friday night against Athlone Town, after overcoming Cobh Ramblers by the same scoreline at Eamonn Deacy Park last week.
The hosts Finn Harps meanwhile have won their last three league outings and have climbed back up the table to set up a significant league fixture for both clubs in the North West.
“We’re back in a decent position in the league after back-to-back victories,” Keegan explained to www.galwayunitedfc.ie.
“If we could win a game against one of the sides immediately around us in the table, especially away from home, that would be a serious statement. The games between the sides in the top six will be very tight.
“There will be little between the sides, we’re going up to Finn Park to give it a good crack. It’s two of the form sides in the division, we’ve both stitched a few wins together and are looking to climb the table.
“We’ve had two relatively comfortable enough victories in the last week and a half. We’ve started 17 different players over the course of those games. I believe Finn Harps have had tough games and used largely the same personnel, so hopefully that might give us a small edge in terms of freshness.”
United travel to Finn Park with an injury-free squad.
Danny Furlong continues to recover from a bout of tonsillitis and may came into contention against Ollie Horgan’s side.
Referee: John McLoughlin
Assistant: Darren Corcoran
Assitant: Conor Fitzgibbon
Danny Furlong – 7
Eoin McCormack – 4
Conor Barry – 3
Alan Murphy – 2
Ronan Manning – 1
Carlton Ubaezuonu – 1
Marc Ludden – 1
Stephen Kenny – 1
Finn Harps 1-2 Derry City
UCD 3-2 Finn Harps
Finn Harps 1-0 Cabinteely
Longford Town 1-2 Finn Harps
Finn Harps 2-1 Drogheda United
Galway United 0-1 Sligo Rovers
Galway United 4-1 Wexford FC
Shelbourne 2-0 Galway United
Galway United 3-0 Cobh Ramblers
Athlone Town 0-3 Galway United
August 4th, 2017 | Finn Harps 1-3 Galway United
Finn Harps goalscorer: Eddie Dsane
Galway United goalscorers: Gavan Holohan and Ronan Murray (brace)