Coll and McNamee set for early return

Coll and McNamee set for early return
By Diarmaid Doherty Sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Ollie Horgan has described Friday night's visit of Wexford Youths as Finn Harps' most important game of the season so far.

Wexford come to Ballybofey badly needing to avoid defeat in their battle to survive the drop from the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

They go into the game 11 points adrift of Harps who know that a win on Friday night will be a major step towards safety in the top division.

“There could well be bigger games ahead this season but when you look at the situation at present, it's fair to say this is our biggest game yet,” Horgan said.

“Wexford have got the better of us this past three or four seasons. Okay we beat them last year when they'd already won the league.

“But aside from that game, we've struggled to beat them.”

Of the two, Harps have enjoyed the better run of results recently.

Their 1-0 defeat to Bray Wanderers last Saturday week was Harps' first defeat in five games.

In contrast, Wexford have lost six league games on the bounce. Their latest defeat was a 4-2 loss at Galway United on Friday night and they are now just three points ahead of bottom-of-the-table Longford Town.

Injury concerns

Once again, Harps have a number of injury concerns ahead of Friday night with Gareth Harkin still ruled out and Josh Mailey a doubt because of a hamstring problem.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding Mailey, Ciaran Coll could be set for a return to first team action. The St. Johnston defender has missed the last number of games after suffering a shoulder injury.

Tony McNamee might also see some action, just two weeks after he suffered what first appeared to be a serious knee injury in training.

Both Coll and McNamee resumed light training this week and supporters shouldn't be surprised if Horgan decides to include the duo in his starting eleven on Friday night.

Harps and Wexford - two of the favourites for relegation at the beginning of the season - drew 1-1 at Ferrycarrig Park back in April with Ryan Curran scoring from the penalty spot for Harps before Andy Mulligan equalised early in the second half.

Fiday night's game in Ballybofey kicks off at 8pm.