Despite doubts over a number of players, Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is still relishing the challenge of this Friday night’s big FAI Cup first round clash against Bohemians in Ballybofey (kick-off 8.00). It will be the third meeting of the two teams this season with a win each the record to date. Horgan has confirmed that the versatile Gareth Harkin will be missing due to a back injury while Danny Morrissey is still recovering from the hamstring problem that forced him off when Harps had a 2-1 league win over Bohs at Finn Park last month. Eddie Dsane is a big doubt after an illness that kept the in-form striker in hospital last weekend and Pascal Millien picked up a groin strain in training on Wednesday night.
“We’ve been here before in terms of a number of injuries but the lads are still looking forward to the different challenge of a cup game. Bohs are a very good side so I know the challenge is big but we have to bounce back after the disappointing defeat in the league to Galway last Friday night. Unfortunately, Gareth Harkin is out because of the back injury that forced him to come off in the first half of the Galway game. Danny Morrissey is still coming back from the hamstring injury and then Pascal Millien picked up a groin strain during the training last night. We have a few other lads with niggles that they have been struggling with but hopefully they should all right for tomorrow night. Eddie Dsane only got out of hospital on Tuesday so it would be a big ask for him to play against Bohs” Horgan said.
The Harps boss says Bohemians is a side that are well capable of defeating the top teams in the Premier Division. “Bohs proved their pedigree by the two wins they had against Cork City and Shamrock Rovers in quick succession. They are still well enough positioned to have a go at getting a place in Europe. I have no doubt as well that Keith Long and Trevor Crolly would be looking at getting a run in the FAI Cup. We have a great opportunity with home advantage to progress but it will be mighty tough against Bohs who will punish us if we’re not at the top of our game. Derek Pender didn’t play against us in the last game in Ballybofey and will be a huge asset to them. They pose a serious threat in attack with the likes of Dinny Corcoran who put them ahead at Finn Park when we met last month. George Poynton and Keith Ward are quality players that we need to close down. Akinade is a real handful up front and we very lucky to hold on for the win against them after he came on as a sub. There is no replay so it really sets it for a potentially very entertaining and competitive cup game” Horgan said.
Tickets will be available on the night only as this is a cup game. Available from the Chestnut road entrance and from Barca Bar porch on Navenney Street.. If you can’t make it, you can follow the game via Mobstats HERE, and if you’re there you can help make Harps fans around the world part of match night by contributing!
Injured: Danny Morrissey, Gareth Harkin
Doubtful: Eddie Dsane, Pascal Millien
LAST 10 GAMES v BOHEMIANS
16-Jul-05 Finn Harps 1-3 Bohemians (Premier Division)
14-Oct-05 Bohemians 3-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
28-Mar-08 Bohemians 3-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
24-Jun-08 Finn Harps 0-2 Bohemians (Premier Division)
19-Sep-08 Bohemians 3-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
06-May-16 Finn Harps 0-0 Bohemians (Premier Division)
05-Aug-16 Bohemians 2-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
28-Oct-16 Finn Harps 1-0 Bohemians (Premier Division)
28-Apr-17 Bohemians 2-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)
14-Jul-17 Finn Harps 2-1 Bohemians (Premier Division)
OUR LAST MEETING WITH BOHEMIANS
14th July 2017. Finn Park. League of Ireland Premier Division.
Finn Harps 2 Dsane 34, Houston 58
Bohemian FC 1 Corcoran 28
Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty, Kilian Cantwell, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer, Barry Molloy, Sean Houston, Gareth Harkin, Eddie Dsane (Ibrahim Keita 84); Danny Morrisey (Paddy McCourt 42). Not used: Harry Doherty (Gk), Jonny Bonner, Pascal Millien, Tommy McBride, Simon McGlynn
Bohemians – Shane Supple; Rob Cornwall, Daniel Byrne, Dan Casey, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Ishmail Akinade 75); George Poynton, Keith Ward, Philip Gannon, Faud Sule (Oscar Brennan 64), Ian Morris; Dinny Corcoran.
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