DANGEROUS ATHLONE POSE REAL THREAT TO HARPS

first_imgFinn Harps will be hoping to put last Sunday’s 1-0 reversal at UCD behind them as they prepare for the visit of Athlone Town to Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).Despite the defeat to the students, Harps held on to their one point advantage at the top of the table – thanks in no small part to Wexford Youths 3-1 defeat at the hands of Friday’s visitors to Finn Park on Friday last.That, coupled with the fact that Athlone beat Harps when the two sides last met, is a warning to Ollie Horgan and his side that they won’t have it all their own way against the midlanders at Finn Park on Friday. “Athlone have already beaten us and had another very good win against Wexford last time out, playing most of the game with 10 men,” said Horgan ahead of this weekend’s game.“Aiden Friel has been very impressive for them and they have very talented young lads in Gavin Boyne, Patrick Dunican and Sam O’Connor added to the experience Philip Gorman, Aiden Collins and Brian Shorthall,” he warned.Harps’ defeat to UCD last Sunday was their fourth in seven games – their only defeats this season – and Horgan said his side got exactly what they deserved.“We really didn’t deserve anything out of game,” he said. “It was a game of few half chances but to be fair to Robbie Benson he took his chance excellently.” Many felt that Harps should have had a penalty just before Benson scored the winner but Horgan didn’t see it like that.“There were a few penalty shouts in the game, it looked like Tomas Boyle had slid in to make a tackle on Raymond Foy but the linesman had an open view of it and made the decision. We have no complaints.”With only two games remaining in the third quarter of the campaign, Horgan said it’s difficult to predict how things will pan out over the remaining weeks of the season.“I genuinely haven’t a clue what way the remainder of the season will go for us or indeed for any of the other sides,” he said. “We need to improve to stay in with a chance of staying high up the table.”Thomas McMonagle will sit the game out through suspension as a result of his red card at UCD last time out. Packie Mailey is a doubt while Keith Cowan is unavailable. Since beating Harps last month, Athlone have won just twice in their six outings since then – against Waterford United at the RSC and last weekend against second in the table Wexford Youths at Lissywollen.The last seven games between these two sides have resulted in victories for the team playing at home in all but one of those games. Ollie Horgan and Finn Harps will be hoping that trend continues at Finn Park on Friday evening.TEAM NEWSSuspended: Thomas McMonagle.Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: None.Unavailable: Keith CowanFORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-W-W-W-L (9 pts)Athlone Town: L-L-W-L-L-W (6 pts) DANGEROUS ATHLONE POSE REAL THREAT TO HARPS was last modified: July 29th, 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:Athlone Townfinn harpsFinn Parklast_img