Galway will be big test for injury hit Harps

Packie Mailey feb 16

Finn Harps will look to extend their unbeaten run to four matches when Ollie Horgan’s side host Galway United in Ballybofey tonight.

Harps have their injury problems ahead of the fixture, as Packie Mailey (calf), Ciaran Coll (shoulder) and Gareth Harkin (medial knee ligaments) will not feature against the Tribesmen.

Ethan Boyle is suspended while there are doubts over the fitness of Dave Scully, Adam Hanlon and Barry Molloy.

The manager is also awaiting news on whether Ruairi Keating will be eligible to play after the striker signed for Harps on Wednesday evening for a third stint at Finn Park.

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Harps do have an extra incentive to overcome the Tribesmen who have secured victories in the two previous meetings between the sides this season. Both wins for Tommy Dunne’s side came at Eamonn Deacy Park.

The first was a 1-0 league win for the hosts on April 8th. Ten days later at the same venue Horgan’s men lost 4-2 on penalties in an EA League Cup tie that had ended 0-0 after extra-time.

In the build up to Friday night’s game Horgan has pointed to the poor recent record that Harps have had against the Tribesmen. “We have struggled against Galway over the last number of years. They have had the upper hand on us. They play great football with a bunch of very talented players. Ryan Connolly is one of the best players in the league and this year they have added the likes of Kevin Devaney, Stephen Folan and Vinny Faherty to their side. They have already beaten us twice this year in the league and the EA sports cup” Horgan said.