Third place Galway FC are the visitors to Finn Park this Friday evening as Finn Harps look to close the gap on the Tribesmen who currently occupy the second of two play-off places in the First Division table (kick-off 8.00pm).
Galway currently have a six point advantage over their opponents on Friday, but a victory for Harps would half that deficit and keep Ollie Horgan’s side very much in the promotion hunt. Harps go into the game in decent form having lost only once in their last nine games (that coming against table toppers Longford Town) but will have been disappointed by picking up just a point in last week’s scoreless draw with bottom of the table Cobh Ramblers at Finn Park.
“We were disappointed with the result on Friday,” said Harps boss Horgan of the 0-0 draw. “We were poor in first half and while we improved after the break and had a number of decent chances, we could have got caught at the other end with their counter attack.”
Horgan felt that it was a case of two points dropped instead of one gained and said that a win had been vital to keep in the hunt for a play-off spot.
“Yes, we needed to take all three points on Friday especially with tougher games coming up but Cobh have improved and battled very hard and as I said could have won it themselves in the end.”
While Cobh themselves were on a decent run prior to the draw at Finn Park, Horgan is well aware that Galway is another step-up this weekend.
“Galway are the best attacking side in the league with a wealth of options in Vinny Faherty, Jason Molloy, Gary Shanahan, Ryan Manning, Jake Keegen as well as Enda Curran who signed from Derry City recently. Ryan Connolly is one of the best midfield players in the league so we will have our work cut out.
“We need a result on Friday regardless of dropping points against Cobh but we need to create more in attack and deal with an excellent attacking threat that Galway will take with them.
“We will be preparing for every game as well as we did for our first game of the season regardless if we are in the promotion shake up our not. I have never said that we would or wouldn’t be involved in the top half of table, except that we will approach every game as important as our last.”
Caoimhe Bonner picked up a heavy knock in last week’s game with Cobh and is a doubt for the visit of Galway on Friday. Michael Funston is again suspended and will be joined on the sidelines by Josh Mailey who is also banned. Sean McCarron is available again.
The three meetings between the sides this season have been tight affairs. Both league games have finished in 1-1 draws, while Galway won the League Cup meeting at Terryland Park on a 1-0 scoreline.
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