Harps seek first win in Galway in 12 years

Harps seek first win in Galway in 12 years
By Diarmaid Doherty Sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

If Finn Harps are to pick up a much needed win in Galway on Saturday night, they will have to bring an end to a run of results against the Tribesmen that goes all the way back to October 2004.

It’s been that long since Harps won away to Galway United - the 5-1 victory 12 years ago came as Harps were on their way to the First Division title under Felix Healy.

And given that Ollie Horgan’s side have now lost eight straight games on the bounce in the Premier Division, they could really do with putting one over Galway on their own doorstep.

The omens however, don’t look good. Harps have already played twice at Eamonn Deacy Park this season - once in the League Cup (losing on penalties) and once in the league (losing 1-0)

On the plus side, Harps have managed to beat Galway United at Finn Park in this campaign, although the 1-0 win back in July was the last time Ollie Horgan has watched his team record a victory.

He’ll be watching from the sidelines on Saturday night. Horgan must serve a one-game ban after being sent to the stands at Oriel Park a few weeks back. But the manager is expecting another close game.

“They’ve all been close games this season,” he pointed out.

“The League Cup tie went all the way to penalties, but believe it or not, the league game down there was closer again.”

Horgan, a native of Galway, knows their players almost as well as he does his own.

“They’re a proper football team,” he suggested. “They play decent football, and they’ve got quality players.”

Their latest Premier Division excursion was away to Cork City on Tuesday night where they lost 5-3. Typical Horgan, he was focusing on the three goals scored by Galway, rather than the five they conceded.

“We didn’t get a sniff against Cork at home, never mind at Turner’s Cross,” he said.

“So when you see a team score three goals down there, you sit up and take notice.”

Harps' own desparate failings in front of goal in recent times have been well documented.

They haven’t scored a league goal since that win over Galway back on July 8th. Yet despite their run of defeats, they have managed to stay ahead of Wexford Youths in the battle to avoid finishing second from bottom.

The Donegal side have seven games to play, Wexford, without a game this weekend, have only five to play, and remain four points behind.

“We can’t keep depending on Wexford losing matches,” Horgan pointed out.

“They’ve got matches coming up which they will see as opportunities to pick up points.

“The way we’ve been going, you could argue that it’s hard to see where we can get points. We haven’t scored in eight games. We have lost eight matches in a row. So the sooner we can put an end to that run the better.”

Saturday night's game kicks off at 7pm.