'We're not wanted in the Premier Division,' Horgan

Harps boss not a happy camper

'We're not wanted in the Premier Division,' Horgan

With Finn Harps facing the prospect of playing six competitive games in the space of 20 days, Ollie Horgan said he’s now of the view that the club are no longer wanted in the Premier Division.

The FAI confirmed on Tuesday evening a rescheduled date (Sept. 27th) for the Sligo Rovers game which was abandoned last Saturday night at The Showgrounds.

Harps have also been told they must travel to play Dundalk in another rescheduled game next Monday night, meaning they will have two games every week between next Monday and October 1st - that’s six games over 20 days.

“Maybe they would have been better just making us play six games in six days and get it over with,” Horgan said.

“It’s crazy. We’re out of the cup competitions, all we have left are league games, yet they have us down to play all these games.

“We’re a part-time club. There are players who are close to being suspended and when you take into consideration injuries and suspensions, I might not have a team to field, it’s as simple as that.”

The fact that Monday night’s trip to Dundalk will only go ahead if the Oriel Park club’s FAI Cup game against UCD on Friday night doesn’t go to a replay, has also came in for criticism from Horgan.

“We won’t know until 10 o’clock on Friday night whether or not we’ll be playing on Monday,” he pointed out.

“We won’t be able to start preparing for the game until then.”

Horgan added: “We’re out of the cup, we’re not playing in Europe. We’re not wanted in the Premier Division.

“We shouldn’t be suffering because of the success of other teams in this league.”

Statement

In a statement on Tuesday night, the FAI confirmed the new date for the Sligo game:

“The North-West Derby between Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps, which was abandoned on Friday due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 27th at the Showgrounds with kick-off at 7.45pm

“Due to the rescheduling of that fixture, Finn Harps' trip to Galway United, which was originally scheduled for Friday, September 30th, will now be played on Saturday, October 1st, with kick-off at 7pm.”

The following is Harps’ run of fixtures over the coming weeks -

Monday, Sept 12th, Dundalk v Finn Harps (Provisional, if UCD v Dundalk is not a draw)

Friday, Sept. 16th, Finn Harps v Longford Town

Monday, Sept 19th, Finn Harps v Cork City

Friday, Sept 23rd, Finn Harps v St. Patrick’s Athletic

Tuesday, Sept 27th, Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

Saturday, Oct 1st, Galway United v Finn Harps