First
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 22, 2012
Venue:
Att: 230

Matt Harkin 45' -
Scored: 45'


Scored: 14'
- Karl Bermingham 14'

Scored: 33'
- Gary Shaw 33'

Scored: 71'
- Colm James 71'


Finn Harps -v- Longford Town

Fri, Jun 22 2012

 

FINN HARPS

Finn Harps boss Peter Hutton will look back fondly on his side’s 3-1 win over Longford Town at Flancare Park earlier in the season. On that night, they came from a goal down to claim victory in impressive fashion.

 

But their form before the break was not indicative of a team that may trouble the table toppers in Ballybofey this week. A 5-1 victory against an utterly catatonic SD Galway side stopped a rut of consecutive defeats since their win against this weeks opponents. And Hutton knows it won’t be easy facing Town again.

 

“They could be smarting from our win against them down there so they’ll be coming up looking to put right that result”, he said.

 

“It will be a tough test, no questions. They’re not league leaders for nothing.

 

“They’ve shown a good level of consistency and they have plenty of League of Ireland experience to draw on so that’s been a big help for them as well. 

 

“But all we can do is concentrate on our own game and certainly the boys are looking to carry on from the good performance we had against Salthill (SD Galway).”

 

He still has to contend with several injury problems that troubled the team before the break including three cruciate knee problems.

 

 

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford are coming off the back of a defeat to fellow title contender Limerick in their last game before the break. They lost 2-0 at home to their rivals after six consecutive wins — the loss before that coming against Harps.

 

They are unbeaten away from home and will definitely fancy their chances against a team that fell away remarkably after decent early season form, only rescuing themselves from the greasy slide against the lowly SD Galway.

 

Manager Tony Cousins will have to do without Niall O’Reilly, Graham Dowling and Austin Skelly, who are all out injured. Otherwise, Cousins will take a strong team to Finn Park.

 

Referee: Adriano Reale

 

 

MATCH STATS

If you look at the form of both sides coming into this game, the results of their last seven league games are the exact opposite of each other. Harps are W-L-L-L-L-L-W while Town are L-W-W-W-W-W-L. The start of that sequence for both teams was when they last played each other, Harps winning 3-1.

 

Although Harps recorded victory at Flancare Park earlier this season, Longford Town won on all three of their visits to Donegal last season — twice in the league and once in the FAI Cup.

 

 

BETTING

Finn Harps 7/2; Draw 11/4; Longford Town 10/11

 

PREDICTION

Harps will be battered like Glasgow Mars bars, though they may grab a consolation at some point, so 5-1 to Longford Town.

 

Finn Harps injury news: Keith Cowan (ankle), Stephen O’Donnell (knee), Hugh Carlin (knee), Blain Curtis (knee), Adam Clarke (personal)

Finn Harps suspension news: Kevin McHugh

 

Longford Town injury news: Niall O’Reilly, Graham Dowling, Austin Skelly

Longford Town suspension news: None

 


Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Aaron O'Hagan
Defender
Thomas McMonagle
Defender
James Doherty
31Booked: 31'
Defender
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Gary Merritt
Midfielder
Shaun McGowan
Midfielder
Thomas McBride
39Booked: 39'
Midfielder
Matt Harkin
45Scored: 45'
Midfielder
Paul McVeigh
Forward
Thomas Bonner
Forward

Substitutes
Shane McGinty
Midfield
Rory Kelly
Goalkeeper
Jordan Duffy
Forward
Keith Cowan
Defender
Longford Town
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Des Hope
Defender
Noel Haverty
Defender
Chris Deans
Defender
Michael Lee
Defender
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder
Colm James
Midfielder
71Scored: 71'
Craig Walsh
Midfielder
Thomas Crawley
Forward
Karl Bermingham
Forward
14Scored: 14'
Gary Shaw
Forward
33Scored: 33'

Substitutes
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Jeff Flood
Defender
Jamie Duffy
Midfield
Gary Cronin
Manager
Niall O'Reilly
Defender
Daniel Purdy
Forward
Sean Skelly
Midfield