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Date: 5 p.m. Sept. 27, 2020
Venue: Finn Park

Raffaele Cretaro 75' -
Scored: 75'


Scored: 57'
- Dylan McGlade 57'


League Preview: Finn Harps -v- Cork City

Sun, Sep 27 2020

Finn Harps' Shane McEleney holds of Joseph Olowu of Cork City when the sides last met, a 1-0 win for City at Turner's Cross in February. Credit: Steve Alfred

FINN HARPS

If either of these sides needed a carrot to avoid automatic relegation, it’s presented in Finn Park tonight as Harps host Cork City in a potentially pivotal clash (kick-off 5pm).

Both teams sit parlously in the bottom two spots, Cork bottom and Harps one point above in the play-off spot, five and four points adrift respectively of safety.

Harps come into the game with some reason for optimism, having secured a point in each of their last two games, at home to Derry City and away to Shelbourne.

They will consider themselves unlucky not to have taken all three points at Tolka Park after playing the final 15 minutes with an extra man following Luke Byrne’s red card.

The Ballybofey side trailed to a first-half Ciarán Kilduff header but deservedly levelled after the break thanks to talisman Barry McNamee.

"Cork are a good side despite their league position. It's a very strong league this year and there’s a lot of quality up and down the table.” Horgan told the club’s official website.

“They got a good point themselves at Shelbourne a couple of weeks ago so there isn’t much between the teams and it’s going to be a very close game."

Defender Stephen Folan added: “The first half at Shelbourne we didn’t start at all and didn’t get into the game until the second half.

“It shouldn’t take a rollicking at half time to get us into gear. Hopefully we can get a couple of goals and keep a clean sheet so we have something to build on for the rest of the season.”

Horgan himself is suspended, as is defender Dave Webster, while Mark Timlin is injured and Ruairi Harkin and Mark Russell doubtful with knocks.

CORK CITY

Cork City make the long trip north to Ballybofey with a degree of trepidation, but also the whiff of opportunity as a win will take them within two points of eighth spot.

It’s been a trying couple of weeks for the Rebel Army following the passing of John Kennedy, an ever-present friendly face and dedicated volunteer with the club.

City haven’t played in two weeks owing to the postponement of last week’s game with Dundalk ahead of the Lilywhites’ Europa League triumph in Tiraspol.

The previous week witnessed a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers as Aaron Greene struck twice in the first half before Neil Farrugia wrapped up the win late on.

Manager Neale Fenn gave caution ahead of the game, noting that losing would be a disaster, if not quite a season-ending one.

"It’s definitely a must not lose game,” Fenn told the club’s media team.

“I don’t think it will end the season either way, if we win or lose it. It’s certainly a game we will go up and do our best in.

“I’ve listened to a lot of people say that Finn Harps are better equipped to win these types of games than us.

“So they’ll be looking at it thinking that Harps will be expected to win it, so it’s nice for us to not have the pressure on us.”

“Training has been good, we’ve done a lot of work on how we’re going to play and we’ve done a lot of work on Finn Harps.

“Not having a game last weekend gave us a little bit of time to some more bodies available to us.”

Midfielder Cian Coleman added: "Every game until the end of the season will be huge, but this one is massive because of the position that both teams are in.”

Joseph Olowu, Alan Bennett and Cian Bargary could return from injury, but Uniss Kargbo looks set to miss out, as does quarantining Kit Elliott and suspended Henry Ochieng.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

MATCH STATS

City and Harps have met once this season, at Turner’s Cross in February, where Alec Byrne’s goal earned City their first win of the season and Harps their first defeat.

BETTING

Finn Harps 11/10; Draw 21/10; Cork City 23/10.

PREDICTION

Finn Harps 2 – 0 Cork City

Finn Harps

Injured: Mark Timlin.

Doubtful: Ruairi Harkin, Mark Russell.

Suspended: David Webster, Ollie Horgan.

Cork City

Injured: Uniss Kargbo, Kit Elliott.

Doubtful: Cian Bargary, Alan Bennett, Joseph Olowu.

Suspended: Henry Ochieng.


Finn Harps
Mark McGinley 1
Goalkeeper
Stephen Folan
Defender
Shane McEleney 16
Defender
Mark Russell 17
62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Defender
Kosovar Sadiki 4
Defender
Sam Todd 22
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Defender
Mark Coyle 14
62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Midfielder
Leo Donnellan 18
Midfielder
© Barry McNamee 11
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan 7
Midfielder
Alexander Kogler
45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Forward

Substitutes
Ryan Connolly 24
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Midfield
Raffaele Cretaro 10
45'
45Subbed On: 45'
75Scored: 75'
90Booked: 90'
Forward
Adam Foley
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Midfield
Gareth Harkin 6
Midfield
Patrick McGarvey 25
Goalkeeper
Tony McNamee 26
Midfield
Jack Serrant-Green
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Cork City
1 Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
23 Joseph Olowu
Defender
17 Kevin O'Connor
Defender
26 Dale Holland
Defender 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
3 Alan Bennett
Defender
40Booked: 40'
10 Daire O'Connor
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
6 GearĂ³id Morrissey ©
Midfielder
7 Dylan McGlade
Midfielder
57Scored: 57'
22 Deshane Dalling
Midfielder
8 Cian Coleman
Midfielder
78Booked: 78'
Kit Elliott
Forward 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'

Substitutes
4 Rob Slevin
Defender
19 Connor Simpson
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Jake O'Brien
Defender
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
11 Cory Galvin
Forward
36 Scott Fenwick
Forward
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
16 Alec Byrne
Midfield
21 Liam Bossin
Goalkeeper