KEATING MOVE still not certain - ollie

KEATING MOVE still not certain - ollie
By Diarmaid Doherty @dgldemocrat

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan said he is still hopeful of strengthening his attacking options by signing Ruairí Keating.

The Sligo man trained with Harps last week but a return to Finn Park is still not certain.

Speaking yesterday, Horgan said there were no further developments between the player and club. However, he said he wants to sign a striker and feels Keating would be a great addition to his squad.

“I've spoken to Ruairi but there's nothing to report on any move just yet,” he said.

Ironically, Keating's current club, Galway United, are next up for Harps. The sides meet at Finn Park on Friday night, although Keating is unlikely to feature for either side.

Neither Galway nor Harps were in competitive action at the weekend.

Horgan travelled to the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night to see Bray Wanderers ease to a 3-0 win over Wexford Youths.

Also on Satuday night, bottom-of-the-table Longford Town went down to another home defeat, 1-0 against Bohemians.

It means Longford remain a full 12 points behind Harps.

Bray's win over Wexford means those sides are now eight points behind Harps with all sides now having played 17 games.

“Bray completely outplayed Wexford. They were excellent,” Horgan said.

“I've said before, Bray's position in the table is a false one. They've added three more players to their squad and they'll be out of the bottom three before long.”

Horgan and Harps meet Bray in Wicklow a week on Saturday before two home games on the bounce, against Cork City and Wexford Youths.

Harps have a number of injury concerns ahead of this Friday night's game against Galway United.

Definitely out are Gareth Harkin and Ciaran Coll because of injury. Harkin is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a medial ligament injury in the early stages of the game in Longford.

On top of that, Packie Mailey, Adam Hanlon and Dave Scully are all on the doubtful list be cause of injury.

Friday's game against Galway will be Harps' first home match in Ballybofey since their 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers back on June 3rd.

It's another crucial game for Horgan's side and kick-off is at 8pm.