Finn Harps, fresh from their EA Sports Cup win over Sligo Rovers on Monday night in Finn Park, are gearing up for another North West derby and their clash with Derry City.
The game is in Finn Park at the earlier than normal time of 7.45 pm on Friday night. The first bumper crowd of the season is expected for the clash with the Candystripes.
Derry are sitting in fourth place in the league from their three wins and two draws. They have lost just twice.
Harps are still looking for a first win since returning to the SSE Airtricity Premier Division. But buoyed up by Monday night’s 2-1 win over a strong Sligo side, they will enter the game with a degree of confidence.
“We have nothing to lose. Derry have had a very good start to the season under Declan Devine and they are playing very good football,” said Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan.
“It is a local derby and we are hoping that will narrow the gap. But we also realise that we are going to have to play as well as we did on Monday night.
“If we do and Derry are a little below the best we have a chance.”
Horgan gave U-19s Stephen Doherty and Michael Gallagher their debuts on Monday night and Gallagher put in a solid performance at right-back and Doherty in the centre of midfield. The Buncrana teenager capped a top class display with the winning goal.
In team news Raffaele Cretaro and Niall McGinley have joined Harry Ascroft, Mark Timlin and Gareth Harkin on the injury list while John Kavanagh who missed the Sligo cup game due to a hamstring problem is doubtful and Mark Coyle is suspended.