Gareth Harkin started against St Pats

Gareth Harkin started against St Pats

There are no easy games in the League of Ireland Premier Division and that will certainly be the case for Finn Harps who take on an under pressure Limerick F.C. at the Markets Field (kick-off 2.00). Martin Russell’s side has lost their last two league games including that home defeat to Bohemians on Monday night. So Limerick will desperately want to get all three points against a Harps team who have steadied the ship in the last week with a draw and a victory to their credit.

So the scene is set for an intriguing contest where no doubt Ollie Horgan would be happy with a share of the spoils at the final whistle. The Harps boss has doubts over Damian McNulty, who played against Pat’s on Monday night, and Barry Molloy who wasn’t in the squad that traveled to Inchicore. “We have got four points from the last two games but this is a quick turnaround for us after being in Dublin on Monday night to play Pat’s. It’s a long journey to Limerick so we’re just hoping that the players recover enough to get a big performance that will be needed if we are going to get anything from the Markets Field. Martin Russell would have seen this game against us a definite chance of three points so the stakes are very high for them after losing to Bohs on Monday night” Horgan said.

Russell will no doubt be also using the motivational tool of that painful relegation/promotion play-off defeat in November 2015 which Limerick lost 3-2 on aggregate when youngster B.J. Banda scored the extra-time winner for Harps at Finn Park.

As always live updates will be available via Mobstats HERE.

TEAM NEWS
Suspended: None.
Doubtful:       Damien McNulty, Barry Molloy.
Injured: None
Unavailable: None

LAST 10 GAMES v LIMERICK
10-Sep-10      Finn Harps 1-1 Limerick (First Division)
04-Mar-11      Finn Harps 2-2 Limerick (First Division)
20-May-11      Limerick 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)
13-Aug-11      Finn Harps 1-2 Limerick (First Division)
02-Mar-12      Limerick 2-1 Finn Harps (First Division)
21-Apr-12       Finn Harps 1-3 Limerick (First Division)
29-Jun-12       Limerick 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)
18-Aug-12      Finn Harps 1-1 Limerick (First Division)
02-Nov-15      Limerick 1-0 Finn Harps (Promotion/Relegation Play-Off)
06-Nov-15 Finn Harps 2-0 Limerick (Promotion/Relegation Play-Off)

OUR LAST MEETING WITH LIMERICK
6th November 2015. Finn Park. Promotion/Relegation Play-Off
Finn Harps 2 Michael Funston (38), BJ Banda (117)
Limerick 0
Finn Harps: Gallagher; McNulty, P Mailey,  Cowan; J Mailey, Foy, Harkin (McDaid 101), McNamee, Coll; M Funston (Crossan 96);  McHugh (Banda 103).
Limerick FC: F Hall; Kelly, Kanyuka, Williams, Tracy; Duggan; Clarke (Mann 110), O’Conor, Lynch, Turner; Faherty.
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)

FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2017 (All competitions)
Ciaran O’Connor – 3
Sean Houston -  2
Ethan Boyle – 1

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