LEAGUE OF IRELAND

Pressure to deliver a win not an issue for Ollie Horgan

Finn Harps host Cabinteely FC on Friday night

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Ciaran O'Connor carries an injury into Friday night's game against Cabinteely

Out-of-sorts Finn Harps will be seeking a first victory in almost a month when they play host to Cabinteely FC in the SSE Airtricity First Division on Friday night (kick-off 8pm).
Ollie Horgan’s side haven’t won since their 1-0 victory over Wexford in Ballybofey on March 23rd, since when they’ve played five games, losing four and drawing away at lowly Athlone Town.
Horgan has played down the suggestion that he and his team are coming under increasing pressure to deliver a much needed win.
“Am I under pressure to get a win? Of course I’m under pressure,” the manager said this week.
“I’m under pressure in every game to try and get a win. It was the same last season, and it’d be the same if we were sitting top of the league.”
The manager felt his team were very unlucky not to take anything from last week’s trip to UCD where the home side overturned a 2-1 deficit to run out 3-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Donegal man, Georgie Kelly.
“To be fair to Georgie, he scored a brilliant opening goal, but from our point of view, the second and third goals were poor goals to concede,” Horgan said.
“We’ve been unlucky in games this season. We’ve been playing well in matches and not getting the reward. But look, that’s the way it is, you just have to keep going.”
Ahead of tomorrow night’s game, Harps have injury concerns over Paddy McCourt and Ciaran O’Connor, the latter only taking a small part in training on Monday night. Adam Duffy looks like missing out after sustaining an injury playing for the club’s U-19’s on Sunday.

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Cabinteely come to Donegal a point ahead of Harps in the First Division table, having played two games more, winning three and losing five of their eight games up until now.
“Some might say they had a bit of a slow start to the season,” Horgan said.
“But they’re a point better off than us at this stage, so what does that tell you?
“Look, they’re a good side. They beat Shelbourne last weekend and like UCD, they might have a young side, but they have players who have played games at this level.

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“Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters is up front and brings quality and experience to their team alongside Joe Doyle who has lightning pace. They have a bit about them.”
Tomorrow night’s match is one of three games in Division One with Shelbourne at home to Galway and Wexford playing host to Athlone Town.
The leaders UCD are away to Longford Town on Saturday night while Cobh Ramblers are at home to Drogheda United.
Meanwhile Finn Harps’ rescheduled fixture against Galway United will be played in Ballybofey on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th at 5pm.
It’s likely that details of the rearranged fixture against Longford Town in Ballybofey will be confirmed after the two sides meet in the league on Saturday week.