First
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 13, 2018
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Ref: David Keeler
Att: 236
TV:

George Kelly 14' -
Scored: 14'


George Kelly 68' -
Scored: 68'


George Kelly 75' -
Scored: 75'


Scored: 42'
- Sam Todd 42'

Scored: 45'
- Mark Coyle 45'



League Preview: UCD -v- Finn Harps

Fri, Apr 13 2018

UCD manager Collie O'Neill rushes into the ground an hour late before the Student's last league win, in Cobh two weeks ago. Credit:

UCD

UCD welcome Finn Harps to the UCD Bowl as they look to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Drogheda last week (kick-off 7.45pm).

UCD’s unbeaten start to the season came to a halt last week as they lost 2-0 to a high-scoring Drogheda team.

UCD are level on points with Shelbourne and Drogheda with 13 points at the top of the table.

UCD’s manager Collie O’Neill believes that his team were unlucky against Drogheda and expects another tough game against Finn Harps.

"Last week's result was disappointing,” O'Neill told the club's official website.

“Although I thought we played quite well, we weren't clinical enough with the chances we did manage to create.

“Drogheda were a big threat going forward, and were very dangerous breaking with pace.

“It is important now that we focus on another tough game to come on Friday night, and look to get back to winning ways."

Midfielder Greg Sloggett will be up for selection after making his return off the bench the defeat to Drogheda, but Evan Osam and Neil Farrugia are still out.

 

FINN HARPS

Finn Harps are looking to close the gap between them and the leading pack when they travel to UCD.

Finn Harps currently sit on 8 points out of a possible 15.

They sit 5 points behind the top three, who have played one more and are looking to close that gap down to two with a victory overUCD.

Harps haven’t had a bad start to the season only losing one game but a draw against bottom side Athlone in their most recent game will be seen as two points dropped.

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan feels his team will need to be very focused to get anything from the game on Friday.

He also believes that the opponents will be hungry to bounce back from their recent defeat.

“We’ve been planning for the UCD game since our game was called off against Galway last Friday.

“The fact that UCD lost away in Drogheda last Friday makes them an even more dangerous opposition for us tomorrow night.

“Our lads have been left in doubt that we’ll have to work hard for the 90-plus minutes to get even a draw at Belfield.”

Horgan also believes that some of UCD’s players are likely to leave for bigger clubs.

“UCD have been building a team over the past three or four years and the likes of Georgie Kelly from Inishowen as well as Daire O’Connor and Gary O’Neill are lads I think will move onto bigger clubs down the line”

 

 

Referee: David Keeler.

 

MATCH FACTS

This is the first time the sides have met in the league since the 2015 promotion play-off. Harps won 1-0 in Belfield and 2-1 at Finn Park to set up a showdown with Premier Division Limerick, which they won.

PREDICTION

UCD 2-1 Finn Harps

 

UCD

Injuries: Evan Osam (ankle), Neil Farrugia (broken collarbone).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Finn Harps

Injuries: Gareth Harkin, Liam Walsh.

Doubtful: Keith Cowan, Paddy McCourt, Ciaran O’Connor.

Suspended: None.



UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Maxim Kouogun
Defender
Josh Collins
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Kevin Coffey
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett
85Booked: 85'
Midfielder
George Kelly
14Scored: 14'
68Scored: 68'
75Scored: 75'
Forward
Timmy Molloy
25'
25Subbed Off: 25'
Forward

Substitutes
Jason McClelland
Midfield
Yousef Mahdy
Forward
Ben Hanrahan
Forward
Paul Doyle
25'
25Subbed On: 25'
Midfield
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Darragh Corcoran
Defender
Carl Williams
Goalkeeper
Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Sam Todd
Defender
42Scored: 42'
Tommy McBride
Defender
Keith Cowan
Defender
5Booked: 5'
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Mark Timlin
Midfielder
Aidan Friel
Midfielder
24Booked: 24'
Jesse Devers
Midfielder
Mark Coyle
Midfielder
45Scored: 45'
Michael O'Connor
Forward
Paddy McCourt
Forward
67Booked: 67'

Substitutes
John O'Flynn
Forward
Ciaran O'Connor
Forward
Mark Hannon
Midfield
Adam Duffy
Forward
Gareth Doherty
Midfield
Peter Burke
Goalkeeper
Lee Toland
Defender


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