Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan has suspension and injury headaches ahead of tomorrow night’s League of Ireland Premier Division game against St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ballybofey.
Kilian Cantwell and Ciaran O’Connor will both sit out the game due to one match bans after picking five yellow cards each so far this season.Paddy McCourt and Barry Molloy, who both came off during the defeat in Galway on Friday night, will not feature in the squad for the visit of Pat’s while Caolan McAleer is a big doubt after taking a heavy knock on the foot at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Meanwhile, B.J. Banda and Eddie Dsane remain out with respective back and knee injuries.
Speaking on the club’s website Horgan said, “We’re in bother again for tomorrow night’s game against Pat’s with Ciaran O’Connor and Kilian Cantwell both suspended. And we have a couple of players out because of injuries. Paddy McCourt just had to come off in the first half in Galway with a hamstring injury and it was the same story with Barry Molloy who just couldn’t continue going into the last half-hour on Friday night because of a groin problem. Caolan McAleer took a very heavy knock on the foot in Galway and fair play he played onto near the end but he eventually had to come off. Barry [Molloy and Paddy [McCourt] are out for tomorrow night and Caolan McAleer (pictured below) is a big doubt.”
Horgan is hoping up that his players will be fresh enough to really have a go at getting something out of the game with Pat’s after the quick three-day turnaround. “We really tired towards the end in Galway so recovery is an issue with the Pat’s match coming just three days later. The season might not have been great so far for Pat’s, but they still have some really top players going forward in Conan Byrne, Kurtis Byrne and Christy Fagan while Gavin Peers and Ian Bermingham are very experienced defenders. Liam Buckley will be looking for a win at Finn Park so even with a fully fit squad it would be very difficult for us to get a result. But, again it’s going to be a chance for younger players to come in and stake a claim for regular places” Horgan said.
Suspended: Ciaran O’Connor, Kilian Cantwell
Doubtful: Caolan McAleer
Injured: Paddy McCourt, Barry Molloy, Eddie Dsane, B.J. Banda