Airtricity League Division One

Airtricity League Division One
The loss of last week’s matchwinner Mark Forker is a blow to Finn Harps as they face a hugely importantly fixture against Waterford United.

The loss of last week’s matchwinner Mark Forker is a blow to Finn Harps as they face a hugely importantly fixture against Waterford United.

The Burtonport native scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Salthill Devon on Friday last but will miss out this weekend hrough suspension.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Thomas McMonagle and Michael Funston, both of whom were substituted against Salthill.

“Mark’s suspension is a blow for us as a team and for himself personally,” manager Peter Hutton said. “We will miss him and there’s also doubts over Tommy and Michael.

“Tommy came off with a groin and calf injury, while Michael’s hamstring, which has been troubling him of late, is at it again. At the minute both the lads are doubtful.”

Michéal Doherty was banned last week but will return this. Lee Toland made his first start for the club against Salthill and looked impressive on the left flank.

“Lee had a good game and is capable of some great deliveries,” Hutton added.

“He’s just as comfortable playing left-back or on the left of midfield but he and Ciaran Coll can dovetail well and one can play in front of the other whenever the chance arises.”

Harps currently trail third place Waterford by eight points with just six games remaining.

“A win is imperative at this stage of the season,” Hutton added of Friday.

“Waterford are on bit of a run of late and will bring some form with them.

“They’ve managed to bring in Conor Meade from Cobh Ramblers and Marco Chindea from Pat’s, as well as Danny Furlong on loan from Cork City and Paddy Barrett on loan from Dundee United.”

Hutton, though, reminded his team of the position they are in and wants his players to recall how they got there.

“This is what we’ve worked our socks off for all season,” he said. “It’ll be a real battle and it’s a fixture we will relish. Hopefully we can get a good turnout.”

Hutton also passed on his congratulations U-17 team following their win in the Macron Galway Cup last Saturday. They will be paraded to the crowd on Friday.

“Well done to all the lads and to Eunan Brolly and the management team,” Hutton said.“The team was exceptional and their behaviour on and off the pitch was impeccable.”