Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan admits it’s unlikely that there will be any alterations to his playing squad between now and the end of the season.
Horgan’s team face a talented Galway FC, which includes former Derry City striker, Enda Curran, tonight (Friday) at Finn Park in the SSE Airtricity League First Division, kick-off 8pm. and will line out without suspended duo Michael Funston and Josh Mailey.
“Sean McCarron is struggling with a back injury and is a doubt, as is Caoimhinn Bonner, with his knee from last Friday,” Horgan said. “He’s a doubt as well.”
Harps also learned this week that for their fixture directly after Galway, which is away to Shelbourne on Friday, July 26th, both first choice centre-halves Packie Mailey and Keith Cowan will be banned.
“We have what we have and that’s probably what we will have,” Horgan added. “I’ve been trying to get one or two in but it hasn’t happened. I don’t think we will get them in at this stage.”
Last Friday, having lost Ruairí Keating, who returned to Sligo Rovers following his half-term loan, Harps were missing a spark in the final third and in the end had to be content with a scoreless draw against Cobh Ramblers.
Keating had scored six times this season for a Harps side who had battered a woeful Cobh 5-0 the last time they visited Finn Park in March.
“It was frustrating all round really,” Horgan said of last Friday. “Cobh have improved a lot with a number of signings but we, after a poor first half, didn’t really take the chances that came our way in the second.
“In the end up we were actually hanging on for the point as Cobh broke twice and almost scored on both occasions.
“We were trying to push but we got a point and that’s all we got.”
Last week Marc Brolly signed for Harps for a third time, only to then decide he would be unable to commit with work.
Mark Forker was also released and has been attracting interest from Institute. Johnny Bonner had parted company with the club earlier in the month and then signed for Letterkenny Rovers.
With Keating’s former partners Kevin McHugh, McCarron and Paul McVeigh having scored only two league goals between them this term, there’s a vacuum to be filled.
“Galway, for me, are the best attacking side in the First Division,” Horgan said - a fact emphasised by their 5-0 hammering of Shamrock Rovers B last weekend.
“They’ve added Enda Curran into a set-up that already includes Vinny Faherty, Jake Keegan, Ryan Manning, Ryan Connolly, Jason Molloy and Gary Shanaghan.”