Finn Harps' John Campbell, Ollie Horgan and Keith Cowan.
Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is demanding a better start from his team at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow evening against Galway Utd (kick-off 7.45). That’s after Harps conceded two goals in the first half-hour against Longford Town on Bank Holiday Monday. “We were 2-0 down by the half-hour at Finn Park on Monday against Longford and ended up losing the game. That wasn’t good enough and our defending has to be a lot better than that if we are to have a chance of staying with the leading pack in this division. Galway drew down in Cobh on Monday night and with home advantage they will be giving it everything to get the three points. For us this is the first of two tough games before mid-season break as we then have UCD in Ballybofey. Against Galway the lads will really have to be determined to match the likes of Gary Shanaghan and Ryan Connolly who are very talented players. They will also have the extra motivation after losing to us at Finn Park when Jesse Devers got us that late winner” Horgan said.
Harps will not have midfielder Tommy McBride who is suspended after receiving a red card against Longford on Monday.
Liam Walsh, Lee Toland and Adam Duffy are joined on the injured list by Paddy McCourt. Horgan also has doubts over Ciaran O’Connor, John O’Flynn and Mark Coyle.
Injured: Liam Walsh, Adam Duffy, Lee Toland, Paddy McCourt
Doubtful: Ciaran O’Connor, John O’Flynn, Mark Coyle
Suspended: Tommy McBride
The Tribesmen will aim to get back to winning ways at the Dyke Road venue after falling to defeat against Drogheda United two weeks ago.
United followed up a 3-2 loss away to Longford Town with a 0-0 draw against Cobh Ramblers on Monday night at St. Colman’s Park.
Shane Keegan has targeted two wins before the mid-season break to pull United out of a recent poor run of form.
“It’s all about how we handle that and how we use that. We’ve got absolutely no choice but to use it as fuel for the fire to dig deep and pull out a massive performance and result against Finn Harps on Friday.
“You can get into runs like this and it really is all about how you dig yourself out and how you turn things around.
“At the moment, there is no doubt that we’re at a low ebb and we are hurting. We can either wallow in self pity, feel sorry for ourselves and throw the towel in or we can man up and show character like never before and dig ourselves out of this.
“Something about our approach hasn’t quite clicked, so we’ve gone with a different ideas in terms of how we’ve gone about our preparation for the Finn Harps game.
“If it yields results, it looks like a fantastic move, if it doesn’t, then everything is worth looking into. We want to leave no stone unturned in our quest to get back up that league table.”
United will be without the injured trio of Danny Furlong (hamstring), Tadhg Ryan (quad) and Maurice Nugent (ankle).