It will be a special occasion tomorrow night in Ballybofey, as Finn Harps continue the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations in a home game that is closest date wise to their first ever match in the League of Ireland. That was against Shamrock Rovers at Finn Park on the 17th of August 1969. The current Harps side will host St. Patrick’s Athletic game at Finn Park (kick-off 8.00) in front of past players and managers who have been invited along to the game including members of that 1969 team. This Harps/Pat’s game was postponed last Friday night due to a waterlogged pitch.
Match Preview by Declan Kerr, Finn Harps Media Officer. Friday's match is kindly sponsored by the National Football Exhibition which is visiting Letterkenny this month.
Manager Ollie Horgan is urging football followers across Donegal to come out and back his side’s bid to get a win which would be a huge boost towards securing that play-off spot. St. Patrick’s Athletic come to Ballybofey under the stewardship of new Head Coach Stephen O’Donnell which is going to make the Harps task of getting something from the vital League of Ireland Premier Division so much harder according to Horgan.
Harps remain second from bottom, but are six points ahead of UCD with a hugely superior goal difference. Pat’s are still in contention for European football next season and under O’Donnell, Horgan says that the visitors will be going all out for the three points at Finn Park.
“50 years in League of Ireland football is a magnificent milestone and that is being marked tomorrow night, so it would be great that supporters from all over Donegal would turn out in big numbers for the Pat’s match. We need that support in every way for the current players, the Club and to honour all those who have worn the Harps jersey since 1969 and the men who managed those teams. We have had a poor record against Pat’s this season. We lost twice and just managed a draw against up at Richmond Park at the start of the season. Stephen O’Donnell is in charge and I have no doubt that they will really be up for this game. Our lads are up for the challenge as well and are going to give it everything. It is the underdogs tag for us again, but we it would be great for everyone connected to the Club if could squeeze three points in our favour on a very special night for Harps” Horgan said.
Michael Gallagher and Ciaran Gallagher continue on the injury list while Nathan Boyle and Mark Timlin are doubtful. Mark Russell is suspended.
Injured: Michael Gallagher, Ciaran Gallagher
Doubtful: Nathan Boyle, Mark Timlin
Suspended: Mark Russell