Finn Harps U-19 manager Joe Boyle (pictured above) says he is delighted with the performances of his Finn Harps U19s side, which saw them take four big points from regional group games against Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne in the space of four days.
Despite surrendering a two-goal advantage against Shels on Saturday at Finn Park, Boyle expressed his satisfaction with the result that secures Harps a place in the top four.
“I’m delighted with the week’s work. We had two extremely tight and challenging games where we have played extremely well in an attacking sense getting that 3-2 win away to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday night and then the draw on Saturday at home to Shelbourne. We have created numerous chances through good individual and team play that now puts us in second position in the league with three games remaining," said Boyle.
Simon McGlynn and Declan Sharkey were on the mark again in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Shelbourne in Ballybofey after also scoring at the Showgrounds while Boyle was very pleased with the display of keeper Lee McCarron who only returned to first team duty on Tuesday night following an injury.
“We’re delighted with Lee Mc Carron's return to the team, He showed his value to the team against Shelburne and the quality in general of goalkeepers we have at the club is of a high standard with Anthony O'Hagan, Tiernan Gallagher, Jamie Bell and Declan Ward all pushing each other for starting positions.”
The manager was also encouraged by the displays of the four U17 players that he used as subs during the Shels game.
“We introduced Alex Carolan, Shane Blaney, Ryan Cunningham and Jeaic Mc Kelvey who are all U17 and all four made a valuable contribution. These lads coming through and the boys who we will hopefully have back from injury will help us as keep the push on to finish as high as possible in our group”, Boyle said.
The Finn Harps U19s have a friendly fixture against Fanad Utd on this Monday night, which gives the squad an additional opportunity to stake places for the final group games.
“We now play Fanad on this Monday evening where the squad will have an opportunity to get 90 minutes into their legs ahead of our next match against Bohemians on Saturday week in Finn Park” Boyle concluded.