Finn Harps travel to take on Galway United tomorrow evening, with manager Ollie Horgan looking for a much more disciplined performance defensively in an attempt to get a result at Eamonn Deacy Park (kick-off 7.45). While Harps haven’t scored a goal in the last four matches that saw them drop to bottom of the League of Ireland Premier Division table the manager has, if anything, more concerned about the frailties at the back.
“While they are bottom of the table with ourselves, Galway are going to be very difficult with the form they are in at the moment. They had a great win over Dundalk and probably should have beaten Cork last Friday night. It’s going to be difficult without a doubt to get a result down there but we’ll have to really tighten up defensively to get anything from the game. In the last match between us at Finn Park back in March, Galway really gave us the run around in the second half. We were lucky to get a draw that night. The likes of Ronan Murray and Kevin Devaney are really top standard players. I feel that Galway are in a completely false position with the squad of players that they have.” Horgan said.
In team news, the Harps boss confirmed that both Packie Mailey and Jonny Bonner have returned to training but neither player is expected to start tomorrow night due to a lack of match fitness. Meanwhile, Paddy McCourt, who has played with a hip problem over the past month may be pressed into action again although Horgan says the ex-Celtic man will need a rest at some stage. Eddie Dsane and B.J. Banda remain on the long term absentee list.
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Injured: Eddie Dsane, B.J. Banda
Doubtful: Paddy McCourt
LAST 10 GAMES v GALWAY
05-May-14 Galway FC 1-0 Finn Harps (League Cup)
16-May-14 Galway FC 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)
18-Jul-14 Finn Harps 0-0 Galway FC (First Division)
20-Sep-14 Galway FC 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)
09-Mar-15 Galway United 3-2 Finn Harps (League Cup)
08-Apr-16 Galway United 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
18-Apr-16 Galway United 0-0 Finn Harps (4-2 on penalties) (League Cup)
8-Jul-16 Finn Harps 1-0 Galway United (Premier Division)
29-Oct-16 Galway United 3-2 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
10-Mar-17 Finn Harps 1-1 Galway United (Premier Division)
OUR LAST MEETING WITH GALWAY UNITED
10th March 2017. Finn Park. League of Ireland Premier Division.
Finn Harps 1, Sean Houston 28
Galway Utd 1, Kevin Devaney 46
Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Ethan Boyle, Packie Mailey, Kilian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer, Barry Molloy, Paddy McCourt, Sean Houston; Eddie Dsane, Ciaran O’Connor. Subs: Gareth Harkin for McCourt 59 mins, Danny Morrissey for O’Connor 59 mins, Jonny Bonner for Dsane 70 mins.
Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Lee Grace, Stephen Folan, Mark Ludden; Gavan Holohan, David Crawley, Alex Byrne, Kevin Devaney (Gary Shanahan 90); Ronan Murray (Conor Melody 85); Vinny Faherty (Padraic Cunningham 81).
FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2017 (All competitions)
Ciaran O’Connor – 4
Sean Houston – 4 (1 EA Sports Cup)
Jonny Bonner – 2 (2 EA Sports Cup)
Ethan Boyle – 1
Kilian Cantwell – 1
Caolan McAleer – 1
Paddy McCourt – 1
BJ Banda – 1
Michael Funston – 1
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