The new Airticity League season gets underway this weekend, and in terms of the First Division, Finn Harps have drawn the short straw having been given the toughest possible opening day fixture. Harps will make the long trip south on Friday to faceLimerick, the red hot favourites to win this season’s First Division title.
Three has been plenty of comings and goings atFinnParkduring the closed season as Manager Peter Hutton and Director of Football Felix Healy put together a squad which both hope will see a change in fortunes for Harps after three disappointing seasons. It will be a first full season in charge for the Derry duo.
And while the likes of Marc Brolly, Packie Mailey and Mark Forker have departed, many new faces have been added to the squad. Adam Clarke (Limavady United), Ciarán Greene (Glencar Celtic), Hugh Carlin (Dergview), Thomas McMonagle (on loan fromDerryCity), Darragh Healy (Sligo Rovers), Paul McVeigh (Fanad United) and Thomas McBride (Institute) have arrived. Harps will have to plan without the suspended Stephen O’Donnell on Friday, while Manager Peter Hutton will serve a one-match touchline ban.
Felix Healy is hoping his side can cause Limerick problems tonight.