Abandoned game means more fixture changes for Finn Harps


Abandoned game means more fixture changes for Finn Harps

By Diarmaid Doherty

Finn Harps fans might well be ripping up their official club fixture cards, such has been the number of fixture changes this season.

Saturday night’s abandoned game at The Showgrounds means yet another match will need to be rescheduled. Harps and Sligo Rovers have agreed to play the game this coming Saturday night, but that needs to be given the go ahead by the FAI.

The new proposed date comes as Harps are still awaiting confirmation of the date for their rescheduled match away to champions Dundalk.

Harps have also seen their home game with Cork City already twice postponed and rescheduled again, this time to Monday, September 19th.

Ollie Horgan said yesterday Sligo and Harps had agreed to try and meet again next Saturday night, as both clubs are not involved in FAI Cup matches.

The Harps boss admitted however, that having a game next weekend is not ideal as he had been planning for a free weekend.

“We knew it was the FAI Cup weekend and I had given the lads the weekend off,” he said.

“Some of the players have made other arrangements, and it’s far from ideal. A few of the players will hopefully be okay, but I think at this stage, I might not have everyone available.”

Horgan said he had no issue with the match being abandoned on Saturday night, but he was hoping at the time the match officials would have delayed their decision to allow time for the rain to ease.

“I think we’d have had a much better chance of taking something from the game playing in those conditions,” he said.

“The match was rightly called off, and I have no problem with that. But what I was hoping that they might have deferred their decision for a half hour or so, to see if the rain would stop.”

Sligo play Dundalk at home on Tuesday night so the suspended Raffaele Cretaro and Craig Roddan, will be free to play against Harps next weekend, if the match goes ahead.

Tomorrow night's match between Sligo and Dundalk is one of three in the Premier Division. Galway United host Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers make the trip to play St. Patrick's Athletic.

The Longford Town v Bray Wanderers game which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the weekend, has been rescheduled to this Saturday night at the City Calling Stadium.