After being fortunate to secure their first point of the new League of Ireland Premier Division campaign against Galway United on Friday night, Finn Harps are on the road to Dublin to take on St. Patrick’s Athletic tomorrow night with manager Ollie Horgan looking for a positive result that will hopefully build a bit of momentum after losing to Cork City and Bray Wanderers in the first two matches of the season. Horgan says an overall improved team performance will be required from his side to get anything out of the trip to Inchicore. “We got a draw against Galway but we will have to play a lot better in order to get a result against Pat’s. Like ourselves they only got their first point on Friday night so Liam Buckley will have his players up to get a win against us” Horgan said.
Harps are also away on Saturday to play Limerick F.C. so it’s going to be a hugely challenging week for the part-time outfit but Horgan is making no excuses on that front. “We now have two away games in the space of five days. That is Premier Division football and it’s good to be there so will get on with it starting tomorrow night against Pat’s” Horgan said.
In team news Paddy McCourt is a big doubt after coming off with coming off with a knee injury during Friday night’s game against Galway. And following training this morning Horgan also has concerns over Barry Molloy and Danny Morrissey.
Doubtful: Paddy McCourt, Barry Molloy, Danny Morrissey
RECORD AGAINST ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC (All Competitions)
Tuesday’s game will be the 63rd meeting of the two clubs, and the 33rdto be played away for Harps.
Total Games: 62 (33 in Dublin)
Harps Wins: 18 (6 in Dublin)
St. Pat’s Wins: 31 (11 in Dublin)
Draws: 13 (6 in Dublin)
Harps Goals: 86 (43 in Dublin)
St. Pat’s Goals: 103 (67 in Dublin)
LAST 10 GAMES v ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
08-Apr-05 St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
02-Jul-05 Finn Harps 0-2 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Premier Division)
30-Sep-05 St. Patrick’s Athletic 0-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
11-Apr-08 Finn Harps 0-3 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Premier Division)
06-Jul-08 St. Patrick’s Athletic 5-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
03-Oct-08 Finn Harps 0-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Premier Division)
05-Oct-14 St. Patrick’s Athletic 6-1 Finn Harps (FAI Cup)
11-Apr-16 Finn Harps 1-2 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Premier Division)
20-May-16 St. Patrick’s Athletic 4-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
11-Oct-16 Finn Harps 1-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Premier Division)
OUR LAST MEETING WITH ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
11th October 2016. Finn Park. League of Ireland Premier Division.
Finn Harps 1 Sean Houston (92)
St. Patrick’s Athletic 1 Mark Timlin (64)
Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Ethan Boyle, Damien McNulty, Keith Cowan Ciaran Coll; Michael Funston, Barry Molloy, Gareth Harkin, Sean Houston, BJ Banda, Ryan Curran;. Subs: Packie Mailey for Cowan 60 mins, Tony McNamee for Banda 60 mins, Dave Scully for Molloy 76 mins St Patrick’s Athletic – Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brien, Michael Barker, Darren Dennehy, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne, Mark Timlin Lee Desmond, Graham Kelly, Jamie McGrath; Christy Fagan. Subs: Billy Dennehy for Timlin 84 mins, Dinny Corcoran for Fagan 71 mins, Darragh Markey for McGrath 87 mins.
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