Harps assistant manager Paul Hegarty
Finn Harps are a much better side than their two points from their six opening games in the SSE Airtricity League suggests.
That is the view of assistant manager Paul Hegarty, who was speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s (Friday) trip to Dublin to take on UCD in Belfield in what is a bottom of the table clash.
After losing their opening game of the season away to Bohemians, Harps have drawn with
Dundalk in Finn Park and St Patrick’s Athletic, away, followed by defeats away to Shamrock Rovers and home to Sligo Rovers and Cork City.
“We are playing quite well and are a little unlucky not to have a few more points on the table,” insisted the assistant manager.
“Except for the Shamrock Rovers game when didn’t play well, I felt we were a little unlucky in the other games.
“We are just giving away goals from bad mistakes, mostly from set pieces, something we were good at last season; for the whole of the season last year we only conceded twice from set plays.
“It is something we are working on improving and I think when we get it right we will get results. All we need is just a break here and there and w will start to get results.”
The assistant boss was happy with a lot of Harps play last Friday night against Cork City in Finn Park, although they lost 4-3.
“If someone told me before last Friday night’s game that we would score three goals against Cork, I would have said if we do we will win the game. But unfortunately we lost.
“In fairness, the two Gearoid Morrissey goals were class strikes and sometimes you have to accept and acknowledge quality and class when you see it, though it is no consolation.”
Harps are facing a UCD team that strolled through the First Division last season but are also finding the going tough in the top flight. The Students are propping up the Premiership table with just one point from five games. They have played one game less played than Harps, who are one point better off. UCD also drew with St Patrick’s Athletic.
This a definite six pointer with the camps probably targeting full points from the meeting.
“UCD are like ourselves, a little unfortunate not to have a few more points on the board too. I watched them last Saturday night against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds and they did not deserve to lose that game.” Sligo won 1-0. .
“Over the 90 minutes I felt they were the better side and were unfortunate to get nothing out of the game.
“The mood is good in the camp and despite the recent run of results confidence is high and we are heading to UCD on Friday night, although we haven’t a great record in Belfield, to win the game.”
Attacking front man Caolan McAleer is Harps only injury concern ahead of the trip to Dublin. The Omagh man is doubtful with a knee injury, but a final decision will be made on his fitness after training tonight (Thursday).
The starting team won’t be finalised until nearer the game, but Paul Hegarty did expect a number of changes from the 11 that started against Cork.