Harps have knocks ahead of clash with Athlone

Harps have knocks ahead of clash with Athlone
Finn Harps got back to winning ways last week against Wexford Youths and now travel to take on Athlone Town on Friday night (7.45pm).

Finn Harps got back to winning ways last week against Wexford Youths and now travel to take on Athlone Town on Friday night (7.45pm).

Manager Peter Hutton is back having missed last Friday’s 1-0 win due to family commitments but has a number of question marks hanging over key players.

Shaun McGowan went over on his ankle on Monday night and is a doubt for Lisseywollen, while there are also concerns over Michéal Doherty (shoulder) and Paul McVeigh (dead leg).

Sean McCarron is back in contention after picking up a leg injury whilst representing the Ulster Senior League team.

New signings Pat McCann, Lee Toland and Shane McGinty’s clearance has been processed.

A number of other players returned to training this week but will not make the squad for the midlands.

Damien McNulty resumed light running following a foot injury. Jordan Duffy is back following a knee cartilage operation.

Stephen O’Donnell parted company with the club this week due to work commitments.

Athlone are top of the First Division and have brought in Enda Curran from Salthill Devon to supplement a forward duo of Philip Gorman and Garbhan Coughlan, who scored the only goal when the sides et in April.

Athlone then came to Ballybofey to win 3-2 in June.

“We certainly want a give a better account of ourselves on Friday than we have done earlier in the season against Athlone.

“They’re on a good run of form right now but we’ve a series of cup finals left and are only six points off the play-off.

“This league is so tight and everyone is so close, every match is essentially a six-pointer.”

Hutton also confirmed that striker Shane Bunchanan this week joined the club from Fanad United.