Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan wary of threat of Galway FC

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan wary of threat of Galway FC
Finn Harps are still without Kevin McHugh and Sean Mccarron ahead of the visit of Galway FC to Ballybofey on Saturday, kick-off 7:45pm.

Finn Harps are still without Kevin McHugh and Sean Mccarron ahead of the visit of Galway FC to Ballybofey on Saturday, kick-off 7:45pm.

McHugh has not appeared since the opening fixture of the SSE Airtricity League Division One campaign - a 0-0 draw with Waterford United - with a hamstring complaint, while McCarron remains sidelined for up to a month with a broken cheekbone.

Gareth Harkin, another hamstring complainant, has yet to make an appearance in this campaign but has returned to training. It’s unlikely he will feature until Friday week’s fixture at Shelbourne.

Horgan has brought in Caoimhinn Bonner on loan from Derry City. The right-back cum central defender has yet to get international clearance.

Harps sit on top of the table on goal difference from Shelbourne and face into a difficult stint of fixtures in the next month.

After Galway on Saturday, Harps travel to Shelbourne, Longford Town and Waterford United next month with Wexford Youths the only visitors to Ballybofey.

“We’ve come very tough fixtures coming up,” manager Ollie Horgan said. “We’re due to face a higher quality of team and I’m only being realistic.”

Galway FC have yet to score since entering the leaague and have just two points - scoreless draws against Shamrock Rovers B and Waterford and a 1-0 loss to Longford.

Horgan, whose Harps have yet to concede a goal, is aware that the side from Eamonn Deacy Park have too much quality to remain so profligate in front of goal.

Ryan Manning is the captain of Horgan’s Irish international schoolboys’ team, while Vinny Faherty, Jason Molloy, Ger Hanley, Ryan Connolly and Martin Conneely mean there’s too much class in the Galway line-up for them to continue to struggle.

Former Harps players Shane McGinty, from St Johnston, and Marty Owens are also part of Tommy Dunne’s squad.

“I’ve seen Galway in pre-season and they are a very good team,” Horgan, a native of Salthill, added.

“They hammered Sligo 5-3, beat Athlone Town 1-0 and Dundalk 2-1 - these are all Premier Division teams. They’ve not set the world alight in the First Division yet but it’s only a matter of time before they start making serious inroads.

“In Ryan Manning, they’ve as good a player as there is the country at his age. We can’t match that type of individual quality just now but we hope to work hard enough to make ourselves, as a unit, collectively better.”