Depleted Harps head for final away game in Wexford

Finn Harps featFinn Harps face their final away league game of the season when they make the long trip to Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday evening to take on Wexford Youths (kick-off 8.00pm).

And, they will travel to the south coast with a vastly depleted squad which has been hit with injuries, suspensions and players unavailable because of work commitments.

It’s no secret that Harps boss Ollie Horgan was disappointed with the timing of the fixture – the last thing he wanted was a near six hundred mile round trip in midweek before their FAI Cup semi-final meeting with St. Patrick’s Athletic next Sunday.

Kevin McHugh and Keith Cowan are definitely out through suspension. Tommy McMonagle, Damien McNulty and Michael Funston are all unavailable due to work commitments while Darragh Black, Brian McGrory, Josh Mailey and Gareth Harkin are unlikely to be risked having picked up knocks in recent weeks.
“Tuesday's game is not what we would want, of all weeks, this week,” said Horgan. “Basically it means that lads miss a night’s sleep on Tuesday night, having played against one of the fittest and strongest sides in our Division down there and then try and recover for Sunday.

“Our squad will be very light travelling on Tuesday,” he continued. “With suspensions, work commitments and injuries, we will have up to eight players unavailable. We would have preferred to play this game the midweek after the cup game but wasn't to be.”

Tuesday’s game will be the fifth meeting of the season between the two sides. There hasn’t been much to separate them with all three league games finishing in draws, while the FAI Cup meeting at Ferrycarrig Park last month finished in victory for Harps. That win was Harps’ first in Wexford for three years.