VICTORY OVER UCD TO GIVE HARPS A TOP TWO FINISH

first_imgFinn Harps go into their penultimate home game of the season on Friday knowing that a victory will confirm a top two finish this season.With a play-off spot all but confirmed, the next goal for Finn Harps will be to secure a second place finish in the First Division which would give them the advantage of a home tie in the second leg of the play-off.Although not mathematically confirmed yet, Wexford Youths are now almost certain to claim the First Division title and recorded back-to-back victories over Harps opponents UCD in their last two games. “Wexford effectively won the league last Friday and fair play to them,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan.Wexford could have been crowned champions last weekend if Harps had failed to return from Cobh with victory.In a tight affair, Tony McNamee cracked home the winner for Harps just after the half-time break to ensure that Wexford would have to keep the champagne on ice for at least another week.“There was very little difference between the teams in Cobh but we managed to get out of there with a good result,” said Horgan. “The game could have gone either way as most games in our division tend to do.” The Harps Manager has also said that his side isn’t even thinking about a play-off at this stage and insists there is still much work to be done in the remaining three league games.“We haven’t even thought about a play-off game and won’t until the last three games are out of the way,” said Horgan. “A lot of football has to be played yet.”Tommy McMonagle, Keith Cowan and Raymond Foy are all available for selection having served one match suspensions last weekend. Damien McNulty though remains sidelined.UCD are the only side Harps have failed to record a victory against in league action this season. The opening two games both finished in 2-2 draws while the most recent meeting in July at the UCD Bowl was decided by Robbie Benson’s 67th minute winner for the home side.“UCD are the one side that we haven’t beaten this season and have never taken the lead against either!,” said Horgan as he looked ahead to Friday’s game. “They play great football and we will be starved of possession for long periods as was the case in our games up to now,” he warned.This is likely to be the first of three meetings between the two sides over the coming few weeks as UCD are likely to be Harps’ opponents in the play-offs although a Harps victory on Friday would open the door for Shelbourne to force their way back into the reckoning for third spot once again.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Damien McNulty (shoulder).FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-L-W-W-D-W (11 pts)UCD: W-W-D-L-W-L (10 pts) VICTORY OVER UCD TO GIVE HARPS A TOP TWO FINISH was last modified: September 23rd, 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:finn harpsUCDlast_img

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