Finn Harps defender Aidan Friel in action in last Friday night in the 1-0 win over Cabinteely at Finn Park. He'll come up against his former club, Longford Town, this weekend. Photo: Thomas Gallagher
Finn Harps captain Ciaran Coll is the latest player to join the ever-worsening injury list at Finn Park after sustaining a knee injury.
It’s bad news for Ollie Horgan’s side who make the trip to play Longford Town at Flancare Park on Saturday night in what’s another key game for the Donegal side.
Harps brought a run of disappointing results to an end when they just about got the better of Cabinteely FC in Ballybofey on Friday night.
Sam Todd scored a late winner to give Harps the points in a 1-0 victory, and a rare clean sheet.
Coll played at left back on Friday night, but was this week receiving treatment on a knee problem. Along with long-term injured, Paddy McCourt, the defender is a major doubt for this weekend.
Horgan said he’ll know more on the condition of both players closer to the weekend.
“It’s an ongoing problem with Paddy McCourt at the minute,” he said.
Our match against Longford Town at Finn Park, originally scheduled for March 2nd, will be played on Monday, June 4th at 5pm.— Finn Harps FC (@FinnHarpsFC) April 26, 2018
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“Look, you’re only going to get so much out of him in a game. Hopefully he’ll be able to feature again this weekend, but it’s too early to say just yet how himself and Ciaran will be fixed.”
Ciaran O’Connor came off the bench against Cabinteely, but has been struggling too with a foot injury.
“He isn’t fully fit either,” his manager said.
“He can do bits and pieces but he still has this ankle problem which is causing him concern. He should be fit to play some part in the game on Saturday night, but I’m not sure how much.”
Saturday night’s game in Longford marks the first meeting of these two sides this season. Their scheduled opening game, which was to be Harps’ first home league game of the season, was postponed due to the heavy snow which gripped much of the country back at the end of February.
Longford lie fourth in the First Division, although they lost in their last league game, 2-0 at home to leaders UCD on Saturday night.
They were in action again on Tuesday evening, winning 1-0 away to troubled Shamrock Rovers in the EA Sports League Cup.
“That result didn’t surprise me at all,” Horgan said.
“They’re an excellent footballing team. They keep the ball, and like to play football, and when they have it, it’s awfully difficult to get it back off them again.
“They have players with quality and plenty of experience too - players who have played in the Premier Division, and who might do so again.”
Harps would move ahead of Longford in the table with a win this weekend, but they remain a long way off the leaders UCD who kept their winning run going on Friday night at home to Wexford where they won 3-2.
Saturday’s game in Longford kicks off at 7.30pm.