Match Preview: Horgan looking forward to Derry test

Caolan McAleer

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan says his players are looking forward to the challenge of playing Derry City in tomorrow night’s big Northwest derby in Ballybofey (kick-off 7.45).

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Harps are still looking for their first league win of the Premier Division season and are coming up against a Candystripes outfit who are fourth in the table and seven points ahead of them. “Derry are going well and a fine squad of players. I watched  them on Tuesday night in the Brandywell and while that won’t be anywhere near the side that we will be playing us tomorrow night there was a very good atmosphere and lots of positivity from the supporters for the team. So you can take it they will come to Ballybofey full of confidence and will be really pushing to take the three points.”

However, Harps had their own confidence booster by securing that EA Sports League Cup win over Sligo Rovers on Monday night at Finn Park and Horgan is hoping that will be a help going into the Derry game. “It’s was great to get the win on Monday night but as I said at the press conference yesterday there is a huge difference between that and the challenge we will be facing tomorrow night. It has certainly given the players a lift but that must be balanced by being fully ready to go flat out against Derry. It has to be a team approach to try to contain Derry going forward and then try and create ourselves. They have been good defensively so far this season so getting goals against them won’t be easy.”

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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 for tomorrow night’s game and Mark Coyle is suspended.

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Injured: Harry Ascroft, Raffaele Cretaro, Niall McGinley, Mark Timlin, Gareth Harkin

Doubtful: John Kavanagh

Suspended: Mark Coyle

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