Harps back at home for Bohemians

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Harps back at home for Bohemians

After two weekends in-a-row on the road Finn Harps are back to home comforts tomorrow night, when they entertain Bohemians in Finn Park. (kickoff 8 pm)

Harps, after ten games are in seventh place in the Premier Table on 11 points from their three wins and two draws.

The last of the draws was the 1-1 draw against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park last Friday night. Ryan Curran scored the Harps goal in the first half from the penalty spot.

Ollie Horgan’s men lost 3-1 to Cork City the previous week in Turner’s Cross

Ciaran Coll scored late in Turner’s Cross after Harps conceded two goals in the opening seven minutes.

Ollie Horgan has a number of injury worries this week with Damien McNulty, Keith Cowan and Kevin McHugh on the treatment table adding to the growing injury list at Finn Park.

Goalkeeper Richard Brush along with Raymond Foy, Matthew Crossan, Michael Rafter, and Josh Mailey are definitely out of what is another crunch game for Harps against the team which are below them in the league.

McNulty and Cowan carried knocks into last weekend’s game with Wexford.

“Damien and Keith played with knocks last Friday night and they did not train on Monday night and we will not know until late in the week if they will be good to go on Friday night,” Ollie Horgan told Democrat.

Bohemians are in ninth place on ten points, one point adrift of Harps from three wins and one draw.

But Ollie Horgan insists that people should not be fooled by Bohemians position in the table.

“Bohemians position is a false one. They have a very good side on paper and they have not got the results so far but I expect them to finish well up the table.

“They finished in fifth place in the league last year and they will definitely go up the table but we hope that does not start on Friday night against us.

“Don’t get me wrongm I don’t think it is a not a game we can get a result out of. But if we are to we are going to have to play very well to do so.”

While Horgan has his injury worries there has been good news too on the injury front. Sean Houston, Barry Molloy and Michael Funston returned to action last week in Wexford.

In the case of Molloy, who has only played an hour and 20 minutes of football, it is a question of easing him into the team.

“Barry is a quality player. But he has played very little football this season. He played for an hour against Derry and he got 35 minutes against Wexford last Friday night.

“That is all the football he has played this season so while the temptation would be to play him, it is important not to rush him and just ease him back into the team and hopefully we will be able to do that and won’t be forced to start him too soon.”

Harps have a busy five days coming up as they are back in action again on Tuesday night when they play Derry in the Brandywell.