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Big test for Finn Harps in Drogheda tomorrow night

Finn Harps are getting ready for a crucial early season away clash with Drogheda Utd, which takes place tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45). It’s a rescheduled fixture after the League of Ireland First Division opener between the two sides at the end of last month was the subject of a late call-off when the referee deemed that the floodlighting at United Park was not satisfactory to allow the game to go ahead on the 23rd of February.

Both sides sit on seven points and joint third in the table ahead of tomorrow night’s game. Drogheda came from 2-0 down at home on Friday night to draw with leaders Galway Utd while Harps struggled to a 1-0 victory over 10-men Wexford Youths at Finn Park and eventually bagged the three points thanks to a 68th minute Michael O’Connor goal.

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan was relieved to secure the win and acknowledged that the performance of his side on Friday night would be nowhere good enough to have a chance of taking anything away from Utd Park. “We were glad to get the victory but the team will have to improve hugely to get even a draw against Drogheda. They showed their pedigree by being able to come back from two goals down to get a draw against a very good Galway side on Friday night.”

Gareth Harkin remains out with a knee injury while it’s a similar story B.J. Banda and Liam Walsh will be an absentee after having to come off during the Harps U19 game on Saturday. Paddy McCourt has a calf muscle problem while Sam Todd is a doubt due to a head injury picked up on Friday night at Finn Park. Eric Whelan is still completing his recovery from a groin strain.

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