Preview: Finn Harps vs St. Patrick’s Athletic

Premier Division action returns to Finn Park for the first time in a month as St. Patrick’s Athletic make the trip to Ballybofey on Wednesday night. The game kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on watchloi.ie

The hosts come into the game in high spirits after an impressive victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park at the weekend. The win guaranteed the club a place in the promotion/relegation playoff at least, with an opportunity to climb out of the bottom two if they can replicate Saturday’s result in their remaining three league games.

The reverse fixture saw St. Pats run out comfortable winners at Richmond Park after two goals from Donegal man Georgie Kelly. Harps had their revenge though, defeating Pats 1-0 in the FAI Cup First Round just three days later. Ryan Connolly’s goal inside five minutes was enough to see the home side through to the second round.

Harps boss Ollie Horgan believes that Pats will come to Finn Park looking to take all three points; “Pats beat us very comfortably in Inchicore in the reverse fixture a few months ago. They’re a serious side and have plenty of quality in lads like Chris Forrester, Robbie Benson and Georgie Kelly to name just a few. They are still in contention for a European place so they’ll come here looking for three points to get them up the table.”

Saturday’s victory at Bohs comes at a cost for Harps, as Leo Donnellan’s red card means he will be suspended for the game, while Karl O’Sullivan was forced off with injury early on and is unlikely to feature. Mark Timlin remains out but Mark Coyle is available for selection having missed the win over Bohemians through suspension.

Harps forward Adam Foley spoke to FinnHarps.ie ahead of the game: “Confidence in the squad is definitely high. When you go to the second placed team and come away with a good win its obviously going to give you a lift. I think maybe that bit of self belief is what we missed in some of our recent games where we felt we could have pushed on and got a win.”

Harps have not won a home league game since the opening night of the season back in February and Adam is hoping to to get off on the right foot ahead of three home games in a row; “We haven’t won at home since I came into the club so it’d be nice to get another win tomorrow and give us a real chance of getting up the table and out of the playoff spot.”

A massive thanks to North West Forest Services for their sponsorship of Wednesday’s game. We’d also like to thank the FBTN Supporters Group, match ball sponsors for the game.

Suspended: Leo Donnellan

Injured: Mark Timlin

Doubtful: Karl O’Sullivan, Gareth Harkin

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