Penultimate home match for Harps as Mervue visit

Penultimate home match for Harps as Mervue visit
Ciaran Coll returns from suspension as Finn Harps host Mervue United in the Airtricity League First Division on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

Ciaran Coll returns from suspension as Finn Harps host Mervue United in the Airtricity League First Division on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

The left-back was given a straight red card but match referee Tom Connolly during Friday’s 1-1 FAI Cup quarter-final draw with Drogheda United.

The dismissal meant Coll had to watch the replay, which Harps lost 2-0, from the sidelines on Monday.

Damien McNulty was sent off for two yellow cards at Hunky Dorys Park and will now miss out on Friday through an automatic one-match ban.

Thomas McMonagle played well with a groin strain against Drogheda and Michael Funston also made the trip after initially being a doubt due to work commitments.

Keith Cowan had a neck injury leaving Louth and Hutton and club physio Mickey McGlynn were to run the rule over their players at Wednesday night training.

With Harps not involved in the race for promotion, there final four fixtures might be a good opportunity to bring in some of the younger players.

“It’s trying to get the balance,” Hutton said. “I would like to play as many young players as I can between now and the end of the season and still be competitive.

“The league campaign has gone for us but we owe it to the other teams above us to have respect and be competitive.”

Mervue are currently in fourth place in the standings, which is just four points behind bother Waterford United and Athlone Town.

Sean McCarron scored a wonderful volley to seal a 1-0 win for Harps in May - the last time the sides me in Ballybofey.

“It will be a difficult game because Mervue still have a chance of going up automatically,” Hutton added. “They’ll be really up for it.

“The cup run gave the players a wee bit of exposure but in the league we haven’t been ‘on our day’ often enough.”