Champions next up for Finn Harps X X


Finn Harps supporters are expected to travel in good numbers for next Friday night's trip to Oriel Park and the champions, Dundalk.

The match is next in what's a very busy schedule for Ollie Horgan's side.

They follow that up with another match on Monday week, when Shamrock Rovers are the visitors to Finn Park.

Harps are then away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday, March 19th.

There's another midweek game the following week with Cockhill Celtic the visitors to Ballybofey in the opening round of the EA Sports League Cup (Tuesday, March 22nd).

And the games continue to come thick and fast after that. On Friday, March 25th, Harps are at home to Longford Town.

The following Friday, they're home again to St. Patrick's Athletic (April 1st).

One big concern for Harps is the state of the pitch at Finn Park.

With a string of home games scheduled between now and the beginning of April, the worry is that the pitch might not be in a good enough condition to host so many games in such a short space of time.

So soft was the surface in the lead up to Friday night's visit of Derry City that ground staff used push-mowers instead of ride-on mowers to avoid causing damage.

But from almost the start of the match, the pitch began to cut-up and Harps will be praying for a spell of dry weather so that running repairs can be carried out between now and the next home game on Monday week.

One player who is unlikely to feature for several weeks is new signing, Sean Houston.

The Letterkenny man has had his problems with injuries over the years. He was named in midfield for the visit of his former club Derry, but he lasted only 18 minutes after picking up what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

Speaking after the game, Harps manager, Ollie Horgan said his player could be facing several weeks on the sidelines.