St. Patrick's Day trip to Cobh next for Finn Harps

St. Patrick's Day trip to Cobh next for Finn Harps

Finn Harps are off to Cork this weekend for a St. Patrick's Day clash with Cobh Ramblers in the SSE Airtricity First Division (Kick-off 7.45pm).

It's another difficult early season test for Ollie Horgan's side who, once again, have injury concerns over a number of key players.

Midfielder Gareth Harkin made his first appearance of the season in Monday night's EA Sports League Cup meeting with the Mayo League. However, the knee injury which has hampered his pre-season flared up again and he was forced to come off minutes into the second half.

BJ Banda watched the game from the stands after hurting his knee against Shelbourne on Friday night, although he has a better chance than Harkin of playing this weekend.

Paddy McCourt missed Monday's game due to injury but should be okay to return.

Harps will make the long trek south on Saturday morning still smarting from the unbelievable end to Monday night's cup tie when they just about made it over the line against Mayo.

Speaking after the game, Horgan didn't want to dwell on the fact that his team had made life difficult for themselves.

“We went 4-0 up in the 55th minute and we looked like we would go on and win it comfortably,” he said.

“And then there were a couple of mistakes and we were hanging on a little at the end. But look, I’m not going to dwell too much on it and neither are the players. It’s a League Cup game.

“We have only one league game behind us and whatever we still have 28-odd games including the cup games. We’ll look at it yeh, and take a few lessons from it, but I wouldn’t read too much into it.

“We were either excellent or terrible depending on what minute of the game you are talking about.

“We got through it. They are a decent side to be fair to them.

“They were short a few players tonight and when it turned into a battle in the last 20 minutes, they were excellent. They deserve huge credit and we knew what they what they would come up with.

“But, we got through. I thought we were very good for an hour. I thought we were very bad for the last half.”

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Cobh Ramblers were also in EA Sports Cup action this week. They came through on penalty kicks away to Wexford Youths on Tuesday night after the game finished 0-0 after extra time.

They've played one more game than Harps in the league and are part of a four-team group who lead the way with four points from two games played. Their opening night draw away to Longford Town was followed by a narrow 1-0 win at Cabinteely last Friday night.

“Cobh to be fair are flying,” Horgan said.

“They've played two away games in the league. They won at Cabinteely and got a draw in Longford who are a very strong side.

“Cobh is always a hugely difficult place to go, whether they're going well or not. But they're going well now.

“Stephen Henderson has put together a very good side, a youthful side with loads of energy and ability. So to get anything from that, we will need to be at the level we were at for the first hour against Mayo.

“If it's anything like the last half hour we won't get anything out of it.”