Crossan returns for Harps as Mailey looks set to miss Waterford game

Finn Harps

Roddy Collins brings his bottom of the table Waterford United side to Finn Park on Saturday evening as Finn Harps look to keep their promotion push going as the season fast approaches its conclusion.

However, Harps are unlikely to have it all their own way against a side who they have beaten on three occasions already this season.

With little more than pride left to play for, Waterford seem to be ending their season without any pressure and playing with a freedom that has seen them score in each of their last six games – including six in their last two games.

The last side to hold them scoreless was Harps when they ran out 3-0 winners at the RSC last July.

“Waterford will be a huge test for us especially with the players they have added to their team including the Galvin brothers who are excellent footballers,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he looked ahead to the weekend’s game.

“They are playing some great attacking football as their recent results indicate. The last time Waterford came to Ballybofey they played us off the pitch at times so we are in for a very difficult game,” he warned.

“All games are massive at this stage and can go either way in so far as anyone can beat another on a particular night,” continued Horgan.

Last Friday night, Harps beat Cabinteely by the odd goal in five at Stradbrook. Harps had raced into a 3-0 lead after just half-an-hour but the Dublin side scored twice in the second half to leave Harps sweating somewhat in the latter stages of the game.

“The Cabinteely game very much a game of two halves,” said Horgan. “We started well and raced into an early lead but the second half belonged to them and we were relieved to get out of there with a narrow win.”

“I don't think we need any more wake up calls,” he said of the warming Cabinteely gave his side. “At the start of the second half Cabinteely came out and scored an excellent early goal through Karl Byrne and added a second with five or six minutes left in the game. They also hit the post in between so we were glad to hear the final whistle.”

Matt Crossan is available for selection again for the visit of Waterford on Saturday having missed the win over Cabinteely through suspension. Packie Mailey is the only likely absentee on Saturday as he is carrying an injury.

Harps have held the upper hand on Saturday’s opponents in recent times. Ollie Horgan’s side have won all three meetings between the teams this season bringing to five the number of consecutive victories that Harps have recorded over the Suirsiders – all this after they had failed to beat Waterford in any of their previous nine encounters.