Kevin McHugh isn’t getting carried away ahead of his sides clash with Athlone Town in the semi final at Dry Arch Park on Saturday at 5pm.  The match is sponsored by Sharkey’s Top Service Station Dungloe.

Reflecting on the quarter final win over Bohemian FC, McHugh was clearly very pleased with the Harps display although the scoreline may have been somewhat harsh on the Dubliners, “Anyone looking at our semi-final result v Bohs will be of the notion we were the far superior side, but that was not the case, we certainly deserved to win the game, but not by that margin. There was a few turning points in that game, the early goal by Charlie, an outstanding save by Adrian, and Luke and Conor were ruthless in front of goal, but as a team over all we were up and at it including the players that came on.”

Turning his attention to Athlone Town, McHugh admits to being in the dark about his team’s weekend opponents, “I have not seen any footage of Athlone U15s and know very little about them unfortunately, but from what I have heard they are a top side and have really talented players that have been together for over 2 years and have finished 2nd in arguably the strongest group in the National League, so they will go into the game as favourites and rightly so.

We will be under no illusions of how tough this game will be on Saturday, we will have to take it up another level and improve all over from the Bohs game if we are to make it to the final.”

On the team front, McHugh noted that the squad would once again be called upon, “We have Gavin Mc Gee and Frankie Campbell still out with long term injuries, there are a few boys still struggling with flu and niggly injuries, and we are hoping Patrick and Fionnan come through the International game v Poland without any injuries, but that’s all part of it, and what the squad is for. The boys have bought into the team ethic all season and anyone coming on has made a positive impact and we are looking for more of the same on Saturday.”

Clearly delighted with the season to date, McHugh and his charges are hungry for more, “We are way ahead of what we expected from this group, and in bonus territory, but these boys just keep on surprising people and don’t want the season to end.”

The Harps squad, and the player’s previous clubs are as follows:

Jamie Doherty Gweedore Celtic FC,
Nathan Logue Carndonagh FC,
Adam Cafferty Keadue Rovers FC,
Adrian Mc Laughlin Bonagee United FC,
Frankie Campbell Swilly Rovers FC,
Luke Rudden Carndonagh FC,
Stephen Black Kilmacrennan Celtic FC,
Daniel Gildea Fintown Harps FC,
Kelan Collier Letterkenny Rovers FC,
Kieran Tobin Ballyraine FC,
Carlos O Reilly Kilmacrennan Celtic FC,
Charlie White Harps U17s,
Domhnall Mac Ghiolla Bhride Gweedore Celtic,
Dylan Woods Raphoe Town FC,
Jack Murphy Bonagee United FC,
Patrick McGarvey Kilmacrennan Celtic,
Jamie McDaid Buncrana Hearts,
Fionnan Coyle Gweedore United,
Conor Black from Kilmacrennan Celtic,
Gavin Mc Gee Finn Harps Academy.

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