Hutton may make changes for Cobh

Hutton may make changes for Cobh
Finn Harps manager Peter Hutton is considering making changes to his starting line-up as his side face a second trip to Cobh Ramblers in five days on Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm).

Finn Harps manager Peter Hutton is considering making changes to his starting line-up as his side face a second trip to Cobh Ramblers in five days on Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm).

Harps didn’t spend long licking their wounds following the 1-1 home draw against the Cork side in the FAI Cup third round on Friday night.

John Meade’s 91st minute header cancelled out Kevin McHugh’s opener but Harps were in fine form at St Colman’s Park on Monday.

Harps clinched a fine 4-0 win thanks to a Kevin McHugh penalty and further goals from Lee Toland, Paul McVeigh and Michael Funston.

“It was a great performance from the lads, who put in a brilliant shift,” Hutton said of the replay.

“We certainly learned our lesson from Friday night and had great energy for a team who had undertaken such a long journey.”

Now, Harps and Cobh meet for the third time in nine days; this time in the Airtricity League First Division.

Harps’ 2-0 loss against Waterford United two weeks ago in Ballybofey effectively ended their hopes of promotion.

And with an FAI Cup quarter-final at home to Drogheda United on Friday, September 13, Hutton may experiment with his team and rest players.

Harps could be without Sean McCarron (knee), Thomas McMonagle (foot) and Johnny Bonner (knee). McHugh had a calf strain last week but came through unscathed.

“We’ll see how everyone is as that trip can take a day or two to catch up on you,” Hutton said. “We might see a few new faces.”

Cobh’s Brendan Frahill and Roy Kenny were dismissed and will serve automatic one-match suspensions.

Harps drew 2-2 with Cobh the last time the teams met at St Colman’s Park in the league.

Brian Fitzgerald and Davin O’Neill put the hosts ahead twice only for McHugh and McCarron to level twice.