A busy week comes to an end for Finn Harps when they make the long trip to Wexford on Friday night to face the Youths at Ferrycarrig Park (kick-off 8.00pm) as they seek to keep hold of second spot in the Aitricity League First Division.
After beating Mervue United to jump above them to second on Friday night last, Harps then faced neighbours Derry City in the EA Sports League Cup at Finn Park on Monday night. However, despite making eight changes for the visit of Derry, Harps were to lose out in the cruellest of fashions going down 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Read more
There are eight games in the Airtricity League this evening with five in the Premier Division and three in the First Division. The leaders of both divisions – Sligo Rovers and Longford Town – don’t play until Saturday so the chasing pack have the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top for 24 hours at least.
In the Premier Division, second place St Patrick’s Athletic can go level with Sligo on 30 points if they beat managerless Shelbourne at Tolka Park while in the First Division United can actually go top on goal difference with a win at Finn Harps. Read more
After last week’s victory over league leaders Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium, Finn Harps can climb to second place on Friday if they can beat Mervue United at Finn Park (kick-off 8.00pm).
The 3-2 win in Longford was the second time that Harps have beaten the First Division favourites this season – the only two defeats that Longford have recorded in 2013. Harps boss Peter Hutton was obviously delighted with his side on Saturday.
“I thought we were fully deserving of our victory,” said Hutton, “and the performance by every player was pleasing. As a group we knew it would be difficult but we went about our job with a great focus and determination and thankfully recorded our first away win of the season.” Read more
The Bank Holiday weekend action continues in the Airtricity League on Saturday night with just one game down for decision as Finn Harps make the long journey south from Ballybofey to Cobh knowing that victory will move them into second place in the First Division table and cut Longford Town’s lead at the top to five points.
Cobh Ramblers v Finn Harps, St. Colman’s Park, 7.45pm
With just one win in their last five games, Finn Harps will be looking to rediscover their early season form away to Cobh Ramblers. Peter Hutton’s lost their unbeaten home record last week to Waterford United and the manager will be looking for an improved performance this evening especially up front as Harps have scored just once in their last four games. They have happier memories of the previous meeting between the sides this season as Harps ran out 4-1 winners. Harps’ only absentee is centre-back Tommy McMonagle while Sean Reilly has returned to the USA. Cobh, with just one win in their last seven games, have reported no problems.
Waterford United are the visitors to Finn Park on Friday evening as Finn Harps look to continue their promotion push (kick-off 8.00pm). Having returned to winning ways last week against Salthill Devon, Harps will be looking for another positive result on Friday against the men from the south-east.
“Waterford are one of the favourites to gain promotion this season and although they’ve had a poor start they have recently started showing signs of improvement by recording important victories,” said Harps boss Peter Hutton of Friday’s visitors to Ballybofey.
“Waterford possess a wealth of experience in their ranks and given their resources they have acquired a quality squad. But we will look forward to the challenge and realise we will have to be at our best gain a favourable result,” said Hutton. Read more
Finn Harps v Wexford Youths, Finn Park, 8pm. Referee: Adriano Reale.
FINN Harps will bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Wexford Youths at Finn Park. The Model County side travel north with two consecutive victories under their belt. Harps are without Ciaran Coll (cartilage tear) and Sean McCarron (calf) while Shaun McGowan is a doubt with a badly swollen ankle. For Youths, Brian Nolan is a major doubt while Jamie Carr and Gary Delaney are also concerns. Graham Delaney returns from injury and Joey Mulcahy is back from suspension.
The Airtricity League 2013 First Division fixtures were published today and are available to view at www.airtricityleague.ie
The 2013 First Division season will kick-off on Friday, March 8, with two games down for decision as Salthill Devon take on Longford Town at Drom and Waterford United face Finn Harps at the RSC. The following evening Athlone Town and Mervue United will face other at Athlone Town Stadium while Cobh Ramblers, who were awarded a First Division licence yesterday, play Wexford Youths at St Colman’s Park.
There will be 28 series of matches during the 2013 First Division season with the winners being promoted to the Premier Division for the 2014 season. The second and third place teams will play-off over two legs for the right to meet the 11th placed team from the Premier Division in the promotion-relegation play-off for a place in the top flight next season.
The first series of fixtures are:
Friday, March 8
Salthill Devon v Longford Town, Drom, 7.45pm
Waterford United v Finn Harps, R.S.C., 7.45pm
Saturday, March 9
Athlone Town v Mervue United, Athlone Town Stadium, 7.30pm
Cobh Ramblers v Wexford Youths, St. Colman’s Park, 7.30pm
Finn Harps 2013 Season Tickets are now on sale from the Clubhouse at Finn Park and online via www.finnharps.com.
Season Tickets are priced as follows: Stand €135; Terrace €119; Senior Citzens €98; Students €60 and Children under-12 €30. The season tickets will cover all home Airtricity League First Division games during the 2013 season.
Finn Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary said: “We have already said that we will be going all out next season to push for promotion from the First Division. We have now put season tickets on sale and we hope that they will make great stocking fillers from all Harps fans as we approach Christmas.”
The club also have big discounts on merchandise with a 50% reduction on all items in the club shop such as shirts, jackets, polo-shirts, hats, towels and badges.
Season tickets and merchandise will be available from the Clubhouse from 10.30am to 4pm (Monday to Friday) up until Christmas Eve.
Finn Harps Co-Operative Society Limited wish to inform all Shareholders that a Special General Meeting will be held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm.
The Board of Finn Harps would welcome new members to join the Board of Directors. Nominations for the Board should be with the Secretary no later than close of business on Friday 14th December. Nominations should be signed by the nominee and be proposed and seconded by two existing shareholders.
Finn Harps Kevin McHugh
Over 1,000 fans turned out for Kevin McHugh’s testimonial game at Finn park in Ballybofey last night between a Finn Harps select and Donegal GAA team select.
It was a game of two halves – one soccer, the 2nd Half Gaelic football.
The killea player McHugh, has spent 11 of his 15 pro seasons at Finn Park said he was grateful to all who made the game possible.
“It was played in a really good spirit. I’m very grateful to everyone who helped to organise this night,” he said.
The Donegal team won the novelty match on a combined soccer and GAA score of 3-7 to 1-8.
Tonight a testimonial dinner in Kevin’s honour will take place in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny.