HARPS HOPING TO MAKE IT FIVE UNBEATEN AGAINST STUDENTS

first_imgFinn Harps will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season to five league games when they make the trip to the UCD Bowl on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).While Harps have got off to a flyer this year, UCD on the other hand have struggled somewhat since their relegation from the top flight last year.Although they won their opening day fixture away to Cobh Ramblers, they have since suffered four straight defeats including three at home to Shelbourne and Athlone Town in the League and Cabinteely in the League Cup. Last weekend, they lost 1-0 at Wexford Youths with Danny Furlong scoring the only goal of the game after just 45 seconds.However, despite the ‘students’ stuttering start to the season, Harps boss Ollie Horgan is expecting a tough encounter at Belfield on Friday.“UCD always play great football”, said Horgan. “They have very talented young players in the squad added to the likes of more experienced lads in Michael Leahy, Chris Mulhall and Robbie Benson who for me is the best player in the First Division.“We will have our work cut out to get possession of the ball – let alone get something out of the game,” continued the Harps boss. For the third game in a row, Harps recorded a 2-0 victory last weekend with Cobh Ramblers the team on the wrong side of that scoreline last Friday. However, the result was nowhere near as comfortable as the scoreline suggested.“We struggled for long periods in the second half, even against ten men, and we wouldn’t be complaining too much had Cobh got an equaliser with their second half performance,” said Horgan of the game.“It was great to pick up a win, regardless of the performance, although it came at a cost with Gareth Harkin suffering a worrying knee injury. We were lucky to win with our second half performance but we started the game well and might have scored a second before hal-time.“Cobh though put in a brilliant second half performance with ten men and probably deserved a point with that display.”Harps have yet to concede a goal in this season’s First Division, but Horgan said that much of this is down to good luck on his sides part, and not courtesy of great defending. “As regards the clean sheet, Cobh had a goal disallowed where we should have defended better – and a number of other occasions in the match as well.”Packie Mailey remains sidelined, while he will be joined by Gareth Harkin and Ruairi Keating who will also miss Friday’s game through injury.Wilfried Tagbo, who scored his first goal for the club against Cobh last Friday is likely to get the nod again in place of Keating, while Kevin McHugh will also be pushing for a start after he scored from the bench against Cobh.It’s six years since Harps last met UCD in any competition. The most recent meeting was in September 2009 when the students ran out 5-0 winners at Finn Park on their way to gaining promotion to the Premier Division. Harps’ don’t have the best of records at the Belfield venue with their last victory coming courtesy of Shane Bradley’s goal in the FAI Cup Quarter-Final in March 1998. Since then, the 10 games at Belfield have seen Friday’s hosts hold the upper hand – winning five and drawing five of the games.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Packie Mailey, Ruairi Keating, Gareth Harkin.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-D-W-W-W (10 pts)UCD: W-W-W-L-L-L (9 pts)RECORD AGAINST UCD (All competitions)Friday’s game will be the 69th meeting of the two clubs, and the 36th to be played at UCD.Total Games: 68 (35 at UCD)Harps Wins: 23 (7 at UCD)UCD Wins: 24 (14 at UCD)Draws: 21 (14 at UCD)Harps Goals: 75 (31 at UCD)UCD Goals: 85 (52 at UCD)LAST 10 GAMES v UCD14-May-05 Finn Harps 1-0 UCD (Premier Division)05-Aug-05 UCD 1-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)05-Nov-05 Finn Harps 1-2 UCD (Premier Division)02-Jul-07 UCD 2-1 Finn Harps (League Cup)21-Mar-08 Finn Harps 1-0 UCD (Premier Division)30-May-08 UCD 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)05-Sep-08 Finn Harps 2-0 UCD (Premier Division)27-Mar-09 Finn Harps 1-2 UCD (First Division)19-Jun-09 UCD 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)19-Sep-09 Finn Harps 0-5 UCD (First Division)LAST TIME v UCD at UCD Bowl19th June 2009.FINN HARPS 1 Marc Mukendi 22UCD 1 Timmy Purcell 31UCD: Billy Brennan, Ciaran Nangle (David McMillan 45), Andrew Boyle, Evan McMillan, Sean Harding; Chris Mulhall, Robbie Creevy, James Timmons (Keith Ward 45), John Reilly; Timmy Purcell, Ciaran Kilduff (Gavin Falconer 74). Unused Subs: Ger Barron, Gareth Matthews.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Johnny Havlin, Marc Mukendi, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Gary Whoriskey (Marc Brolly 69), Shaun Houston, Shaun McGowan, Christy Conaghan; Davy McDaid, Oisin McMenamin (Ruairi Harkin 62). Unused Subs: Mark Forker, Fintan Bonner.FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2015 (All competitions)Ruairi Keating 2Gareth Harkin 1Damien McNulty 1Kevin McHugh 1Wilfried Tagbo 1Brian McGrory 1 (in League Cup)Keith Cowan 1 (in League Cup)FINN HARPS RESULTS 2015Mar Fri 06 Shelbourne 0-0 Finn HarpsMon 09 Galway Utd 3-2 Finn Harps (League Cup)Fri 13 Finn Harps 2-0 CabinteelyFri 20 Waterford United 0-2 Finn HarpsFri 27 Finn Harps 2-0 Cobh RamblersHARPS HOPING TO MAKE IT FIVE UNBEATEN AGAINST STUDENTS was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfinn harpsUCDlast_img read more

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