Soccer – Harps look for first win

Finn Harps Manager James Gallagher has something of an injury crisis ahead of the visit of Salthill Devon to Finn Park on Friday night.  No fewer than seven players are in the Finn Park treatment room this week, with Garbhan Friel, Paddy McLaughlin, Tommy Bonner and Gareth Harkin all already ruled out.  And Conor O’Grady, Kevin McHugh and Gary Merrit have been rated extremely doubtful by the Harps boss. “Last week, some of our training sessions had only six outfield first team players able to take part,” said Gallagher.  “The two games in the space of three days didn’t help on the injury front, especially as we travelled up and down to Waterford in the one day.  Thankfully, though, a few more were able to train this week with Marc Brolly, Keith Cowan and Ciaran Coll all able to take part again.” After starting the season with 2-2 home draws against Limerick and Monaghan United, Harps lost for the first time this year when the lost 1-0 to Waterford United last time out. In the three games with Salthill last season, Harps were victorious each time.  Gallagher, and Harps, will be looking to extend that record on Friday and in doing so take their first win of the season.