IN-FORM HARPS TRAVEL HOPING TO GIVE UCD STUDENTS A LESSON

first_imgA confident Finn Harps will travel to the UCD Bowl on Sunday evening looking to record their fourth win in a row as the hosts return to domestic action for the first time in a month.Harps 2-0 victory over Cobh Ramblers at a wet and windy Finn Park last Friday night was their third win in a row and also their third clean sheet in a row. Ciaran Gallagher saved a first half Cobh penalty to keep his 11th shutout of the season so far.“It was a good result on Friday but had Cobh scored the penalty it could have been a completely different story,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he reflected on the game. “Cobh will count themselves unlucky that they didn’t get something out of the game.” The victory, coupled with the postponement of Wexford’s game against UCD, meant that Harps returned to the top of the table once more. And having gone through a blip that seen them lose three on the trot, Horgan is content to see his team remain in the promotion hunt.“Obviously we are happy to win those games which keeps us in touch, but we need to improve to have any chance of staying in the top part of the table,” he warned.UCD have been distracted in recent weeks with their European adventures, but Horgan is fully aware of the task that the students pose on Friday.“UCD have had an incredible Europa League campaign and have represented our league and in particular the First Division exceptionally,” said Horgan. “It didn’t surprise me with the way they play their football and with the talented individuals that they have. Huge credit to them and well deserved,” he continued. Sunday’s game only goes ahead after UCD’s European run came to an end on Thursday. Slovan Bratislava progressed to the next round after a 5-1 victory at the Bowl to progress on a 6-1 scoreline. While the scoreline looks emphatic, three of the five goals that Bratislava scored came in the last ten minutes of Thursday’s encounter.Despite the doubt about the Sunday’s game up until Thursday evening, Horgan said that it wouldn’t affect his team’s preparations.“We will prepare for the game going ahead on Sunday but if UCD had won on Thursday – which would have been great for all the teams in the league – we would have trained instead. The fact the game could have been postponed didn’t affect our plans at all.”Harps go into Friday’s game ten points ahead of UCD, but the students do have two games in hand on Horgan’s side. UCD haven’t played a league game in almost a month due to their participation in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League. Their last outing in domestic action saw them leave Cobh with a share of the spoils after an injury time Jason Abbott penalty gave the home side a point.The two meetings between the two sides this season have both finished in 2-2 draws. In both games, the students led twice only for Harps to bounce back on each occasion. Keith Cowan is once more unavailable for Harps but other than that Ollie Horgan will have a full panel to choose from.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: None.Unavailable: Keith CowanFORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-L-W-W-W (9 pts)UCD: W-D-W-W-D-D (12 pts)IN-FORM HARPS TRAVEL HOPING TO GIVE UCD STUDENTS A LESSON was last modified: July 24th, 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