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Date: 7:45 p.m. May 3, 2021
Venue: The Brandywell
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James Akintunde 16' -
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Scored: 53'
- Karl O'Sullivan 53'

Scored: 88'
- Adam Foley 88'


League Preview: Derry City -v- Finn Harps

Mon, May 03 2021

DERRY CITY

Derry City will be looking to maintain their winning run as they welcome local rivals Finn Harps to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

This will be manager Ruaidhri Higgins’ first as Derry boss at the Brandywell – and he is relishing his opportunity.

“It’s a great occasion to be managing the team for the first time at the Brandywell, especially in a North West derby, but I’m obviously very disappointed that our own supporters can’t be here,” he told his club’s media team.

“We’ve done really well in those last two games but that’s gone now and this is another challenge. Harps have started well this season and arrive here above us in the table.

“We have to look to build on what we’ve done so far and just go and try to win the game.”

In terms of team news, Higgins added: “Ciaran Coll is probably 50/50 at this point and although Darren Cole is getting close to a return, it’s just a few days too early for him.”

FINN HARPS

Finn Harps will be looking for their first win in four as they take on a resurgent Derry City on Monday evening.

Harps last win came over Waterford last month – and their manager Ollie Horgan is expecting the challenge to mount for his side as Derry’s bounce under new management continues.

“Derry are flying now in their first two games under Ruaidhri (Higgins) and it’ll take a massive effort when we go up there on Monday night,” he told his club’s media team.

“We’ve picked up a few knocks in the last game and so we’ll probably be left sweating over the weekend to see what team we’ll be able to field come kick-off. 

In team news, Ryan Connolly remains out while Shane McEleney, Stephen Folan, Johnny Dunleavy and Conor Barry are doubts.

 

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

 

MATCH STATS

Derry City have won their first two league games under new boss Ruaidhri Higgins – sealing victories over Sligo Rovers and Bohemians.

Finn Harps are in the midst of a four-game winless run, with their last win coming over Waterford last month.

PREDICTION

Derry City 2 - 1 Finn Harps

 

Derry City

Injured: Darren Cole.

Doubtful: Ciaran Coll.

Suspended: None.

 

Finn Harps

Injured: Ryan Connolly.

Doubtful: Shane McEleney Stephen Folan, Conor Barry, Johnny Dunleavy.

Suspended: None.


Derry City
Nathan Gartside 13
Goalkeeper
© Eoin Toal 6
Defender
Cameron McJannet 21
Defender
Daniel Lafferty 24
Booked: 93'
Defender
Ronan Boyce 15
Defender
Brendan Barr 36
Booked: 36'
58'
58Subbed Off: David Parkhouse 58'
Defender
Joe Thomson 8
68'
68Subbed Off: Jack Malone 68'
Midfielder
Will Patching 10
Midfielder
Aaron Harkin 33
Midfielder
William Fitzgerald 7
Forward
James Akintunde 11
Scored: 16'
Forward

Substitutes
David Parkhouse 9
58'
58Subbed On: Brendan Barr 58'
Booked: 73'
Forward
Caolan McLaughlin 32
Midfield
Mark McFadden 22
Midfield
Mark McChrystal 24
Defender
Jack Malone 29
68'
68Subbed On: Joe Thomson 68'
Midfield
Danny Lupano 23
Defender
Jack Lemoignan 30
Goalkeeper
Michael Glynn 35
Unknown
Patrick Ferry 31
89'
89Subbed On: Ciaron Harkin 89'
Forward
Finn Harps
1 Mark McGinley
Goalkeeper
5 David Webster ©
Defender 65'
65Subbed Off: Ethan Boyle 65'
4 Kosovar Sadiki
Defender
57 Stephen Folan
Defender
28 Will Seymore
Midfielder
17 Mark Russell
Midfielder
7 Karl O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Scored: 53'
11 Barry McNamee
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: Tony McNamee 89'
19 Adam Foley
Midfielder
Scored: 88'
14 Mark Coyle
Midfielder
45 Tunde Owolabi
Forward
Booked: 47'
81'
81Subbed Off: Jamie Browne 81'

Substitutes
22 Ryan Rainey
Midfield
32 Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
26 Tony McNamee
Midfield 89'
89Subbed On: Barry McNamee 89'
18 Niall McGinley
Midfield
21 Stephen Doherty
Midfield
15 Jamie Browne
Forward 81'
81Subbed On: Tunde Owolabi 81'
23 Joel Bradley Walsh
Defender
24 Ethan Boyle
Defender 65'
65Subbed On: David Webster 65'