Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is hoping his team’s season can finally kick into gear when they travel to play UCD in the First Division on Friday night.
To say it’s been a frustrating start to the campaign for the Donegal club would be an understatement.
A run of fixture postponements, ongoing injuries and a recent dip in form have all combined to ensure it’s been a difficult time for Harps.
Tomorrow night, Ollie Horgan takes his team to Belfield to play UCD who suffered their first league defeat of the season at Drogheda United on Friday night.
The game in Dublin follows the postponement of last Friday night’s visit of Galway United to Finn Park. Amazingly, that was already the third Finn Harps game to be postponed this season.
“We need games, it’s as simple as that,” Horgan said this week.
“Unfortunately, we’ll hardly get a more difficult place to start playing again than at UCD. But so be it.
“We’ve had so many matches postponed it’s been really difficult for everyone. We need matches now to get back up and running.”
Harps will be without the long-term injured Gareth Harkin and Liam Walsh while Paddy McCourt, Ciaran O’Connor and Keith Cowan are all carrying injury problems going into the game.
“At this stage, I’m not sure how we’re fixed,” Horgan added.
“We’ve a small squad, so when you have players out like this, it can be difficult.
“UCD will present another very difficult challenge. They’re one of the best teams in this division. They were unlucky to lose the other night to Drogheda and probably should have beaten Bohs in the League Cup the previous Monday.
“The likes of Georgie Kelly and Gary O’Neill are Premier Division players and the squad itself has more or less been together since we were last in this division. Because of that they’re very well equipped to challenge for the title this year.”
Harps haven’t played since their 2-1 defeat at home to Derry City in the EA Sports League Cup last Monday week.
That game came after Harps slipped up at lowly Athlone Town in a 1-1 draw.
Tomorrow night’s match, which kicks off at 7.45pm, is one of a full programme of games in the division. The leaders on goal difference, Drogheda United are at home to fourth placed Longford Town in the big game of the day.
Meanwhile Finn Harps are awaiting confirmation from the FAI on the dates for the rescheduled home fixtures with Longford Town and Galway United.