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Date: 8 p.m. May 18, 2018
Venue: Finn Park
Ref:
Att: 660
TV:

Scored: 21'
- Cian Leonard 21'



League Preview: Finn Harps -v- Cobh Ramblers

Fri, May 18 2018

Keith Cowan, pictured during Harps' 2-0 win at St Colman's Park in March, is one of several key players doubtful for Ollie Horgan's side. Credit: Steve Alfred

FINN HARPS

Finn Harps welcome Cobh Ramblers to Finn Park on Friday evening looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games (kick-off 8pm).

Last week's scoreless draw with Shelbourne saw Harps cut the gap at the top with UCD to just five points.

Harps currently sit joint second in the table alongside Drogheda United and Galway United ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Ollie Horgan will be satisfied with the form his team are currently in having picked up crucial wins against title rivals Galway United, Longford Town and Drogheda United within the last month.

“I genuinely think Cobh are in a false position at the moment,” Horgan told the club's media team.

“They are eighth in the table but I expect them to finish well above that at the end of the season.

“Darren Murphy and Anthony McAlavey are fine players going forward and Paul Hunt is a very experienced goalkeeper.

“We have to try and get three points from every home game but that won’t be easy and again we may be calling on a couple of the younger lads to step up and help get us a result.”

Paddy McCourt, Mark Timlin, Ciaran Coll, Adam Duffy and Keith Cowan are all doubtful due to knocks picked up in recent games.

Gareth Harkin and Liam Walsh are out with long term injuries, but Aidan Friel is back in contention.

 

COBH RAMBLERS

Cobh Ramblers travel to Ballybofey looking for their third win on the bounce having beaten Cabinteely in the league and Longford Town in the EA Sports Cup quarter final.

They currently sit in eighth position in the table on just 11 points and will be hoping to maintain their recent good form tonight against Finn Harps.

A win tonight could see them move up a place in the table and leapfrog Cabinteely depending on how other results go.

Their away record to date this season is mixed, having played six away games and picked up two wins, two draws and two losses ahead of their seventh away fixture of the campaign.

Cobh have not provided any team news.

 

MATCH STATS

Finn Harps are unbeaten in five games ahead of tonight’s fixture while Cobh themselves are unbeaten in two.

Finn Park has been somewhat of a fortress in the early parts of the season for Harps as they remain unbeaten after five home games so far winning three and playing out two draws.

Both sides have an identical away record ahead of tonight’s fixtures with both clubs recording two wins, two draws and two defeats from six games on the road to date.

 

BETTING

Finn Harps 10/11; Draw 21/10; Cobh Ramblers 11/4.

PREDICTION

Finn Harps 2-1 Cobh Ramblers

 

Finn Harps

Injured: Gareth Harkin, Liam Walsh.

Doubtful: Paddy McCourt, Mark Timlin, Ciaran Coll, Adam Duffy, Keith Cowan.

Suspended: None.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Aidan Friel
Defender
Sam Todd
Defender
Lee Toland
Defender
BJ Banda
Midfielder
Mark Coyle
Midfielder
Tommy McBride
Midfielder
Jesse Devers
Forward
Michael O'Connor
Forward
Ciaran O'Connor
Forward

Substitutes
Peter Burke
Goalkeeper
Keith Cowan
Defender
Gareth Doherty
Midfield
Adam Duffy
Forward
Ryan Finn
Midfield
Mark Hannon
Midfield
Niall McGinley
Midfield
Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
James McSweeney
Defender
Ben O'Riordan
Defender
Adam O'Sullivan
Defender
Kevin Taylor
Defender
David Hurley
Midfielder
Jaze Kabia
Midfielder
Darren Murphy
Midfielder
Pierce Phillips
Midfielder
Cian Leonard
Forward
21Scored: 21'
Anthony McAlavey
Forward

Substitutes
Peter Callanan
Midfield
Stephen Christopher
Midfield
Craig Donnellan
Midfield
Denzil Fernandes
Midfield
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Andrew Wall
Defender


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