Finn Harps will make their longest journey of the season so far when they head to play Waterford at the RSC tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45). Ollie Horgan’s side is still looking for their first win of the season with eight matches played. Horgan and his assistant Paul Hegarty have been looking to lift morale this week after conceding that late goal against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night which condemned Harps to their sixth defeat of the season. Waterford are fourth from bottom on seven points from six games played. That is five ahead of Horgan’s outfit who are bottom of the Premier.
Horgan knows that it won’t be easy getting anything from the game tomorrow night bearing in mind that Waterford had a really good 2-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic a fortnight ago at the RSC. “The lad Aaron Drinan got two goals in that win over St. Pat’s who are a side that really should challenging the top of the table this season with the panel that Harry Kenny has assembled. But Waterford put it up to them and got a great result. Alan Reynolds has brought in more players so we’re gong to have our work cut out to get anything from this game. You can see the strength and depth Waterford have when the likes of Shane Duggan, Georgie Poynton and Izzy Akinade were subs and only came on in the second half against Pat’s.”
As the Harps boss has kept emphasising all along there are no easy games in the top flight. “Every game we go into, we are underdogs. Every team we play against fancy their chances of taking the three points. That’s the level of the challenge that our lads face every week. We gave it a good go against a very good Shamrock Rovers side on Friday night. They were slick in a lot of their play but we worked very hard to combat their attacking threat. And it worked up until the 85th minute when Greg Bolger got the winner. We didn’t create a lot in terms of chances and that’s been a problem for us in most games. When you get an opportunity you have to take them at this level. We had that one when we had three players against two defenders but there was a delayed pass and the chance was gone.”
As well as Gareth Harkin and Mark Timlin, Horgan now has Harry Ascroft and Sean Boyd on the injured list. Ascroft picked up groin strain in training last Thursday night while Boyd has damaged a hamstring. Nathan Boyle is a doubt due to a bout of sickness.
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Injured: Gareth Harkin, Mark Timlin, Harry Ascroft, Sean Boyd
Doubtful: Nathan Boyle