After picking up their first win in seven games in Cobh last Saturday night, Finn Harps will be hoping to build on that when they take on Galway FC at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
Harps and Galway met just last week in the EA Sports Cup at the same venue, with the ‘Tribemen’ coming out on top courtesy of Vinny Faherty’s early strike.
Manager Ollie Horgan feels this week’s opponents will provide a tougher task to beat than Cobh.
“Galway will be a bigger test again,” he said. “Although we played well there in the Cup last week, Galway fielded only a few of their regulars so we know how difficult it will be. The likes of Vinny Faherty, Jason Molloy and Ryan Connolly have all played in the Premier division and then you can add in the ability of young Ryan Manning just to mention a few.
Packie Mailey is available again after missing last week’s game though suspension. Ruairi Keating remains a doubt with a back injury while Kevin McHugh, who has returned to full training, is unlikely to be ready for Friday’s game.
This will be the third meeting between the sides this season. In addition to the EA Sports League Cup game ten days ago, the clubs played out a 1-1 draw at Finn Park earlier in the season. Like in the Cup match, Vinny Faherty gave Galway the lead – however, Paul McVeigh’s 75th minute strike rescued a point for Harps.