Harps U-19 team close in on top spot

Finn Harps’ undertake their penultimate home fixture of the season in the Dr Tony O’Neill U-19 League when they welcome Dundalk to Finn Valley on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 1 p.m.

Finn Harps’ undertake their penultimate home fixture of the season in the Dr Tony O’Neill U-19 League when they welcome Dundalk to Finn Valley on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 1 p.m.

By Alan Foley

The side managed by Sean McGowan are within touching distance of sealing top spot in the Northern Section and two wins from their last four will confirm that competent feat. If the side from the Twin Towns can get the better of the Louth team on Sunday, there would be an interesting fillip of trying to seal the deal at Triaghalough against Fanad United, on Sunday week.

McGowan has seen his side pick up a healthy 32 points from 14 fixtures this term with the only two losses coming against Sligo Rovers at home in the first game of the season, 3-2 when Donegal Town native Liam Martin scored a hat-trick and then 2-0 against Derry City.

The positives, however, have far outweighed the negative and 10 wins are testament to that. Some of the more eye-catching results have seen revenge missions come against Sligo and Derry – Harps won 3-0 in Sligo in November when Shane McGinty, Gary Merritt and Ryan Shields scored, while Dean McConnell scored the only goal, which came in the last minutes of the 90, against the Candystripes in January.

Harps are currently unbeaten in eight and last time out the hammered Monaghan United by four goals to nil in Gortkeegan with Calvin Bradley, Jordon Duffy, Cathal McDaid and McGinty were on the mark.

Harps have met Dundalk, who are second place in the standings, twice already this term, winning the home fixture 3-0 before drawing 1-1 away. Dundalk are two points behind the side managed by McGowan, but have played a game more. Derry City, on 15 games, have 28 points and Fanad are fourth with a commendable 19. Harps round off their campaign with fixtures at home to Longford and then away to Derry in April.