Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

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Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Ezeikial » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:25 pm

The last visit to Finn Park proved extremely difficult and we were probably fortunate to come away with a point after a poor performance. Three points is especially important to put the pressure on Shamrock Rovers.

Rovers play a tricky match at home to Derry City that evening and then are away to Bohs the following week, while we are idle due to the UCD being postponed

Even with a narrowed pitch and maybe a poor quality surface, surely we are strong favourites to garner all 3 points?

The DFC website lists this as a 7.45pm kick off, but it appears that 8pm is the correct time according to Finn Harps


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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Ezeikial » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:48 pm

Gavin's interview with VP covers wide range of subjects from looking forward to the Harps match, injury updates, attempts to bring forward a league fixture for 14 June, his comments on transfer rumours and the Champions League draw
DFC | Perth happy with the size of his Dundalk FC squad as Europe looms large on the horizon
Champions League draw takes place on June 18th
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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:51 pm

Gary Rogers on the DFC website
“We’ve been on a really good run and it’s important to keep that momentum going. Finn Harps are difficult opponents, we drew with them earlier on in the season up in Finn Park so we will be looking to try and pick up all three points this time around.

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by dundalkfc1903 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:29 pm

If that rain keeps up the game could be in doubt. Ballybofey is already a bog

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by seand » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:09 pm

The worse the pitch the better it suits Harps. As long as it gets past the ref. Everyone gives uot about our artificial pitch, but compare it to unplayable cabbage patches like Finn Park!

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Ezeikial » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:08 pm

Donegal Democrat painting a bleak picture for Harps with Caolan McAleer and Sean Boyd, suspended and Keith Cowan reported injured although Mark Coyle is back from suspension and Gareth Harkin and Mark Timlin are coming back from injury layoffs,
Finn Harps down in numbers again for visit of Dundalk

Finn Harps will be down to the bare bones again when they host league leaders Dundalk in Finn Park on Saturday night. (Kick-off 8 pm)

The game has been moved from the traditional Friday night due to Ireland’s Euro Qualifier with Denmark tomorrow night in FC København Stadium, Copenhagen.

Harps manager Ollie Horgan is planning to be without Keith Cowan (injured) and the suspended duo of Caolan McAleer and Sean Boyd, who are both serving match bans.

McAleer was sent off in last weekend’s 5-3 defeat to Bohemians in Dalymount Park. He received his marching orders just after the hour mark after picking up a second yellow card.

Harps were still very much in the game at the time as they trailed 2-1 and eventually lost the game 5-3 to slump to a fourth straight defeat in the league.

The fact that they scored three goals and still lost is what disappointed Ollie Horgan the most.

“The disappointing thing on top of the result is that you score three goals against a team with a defensive record like Bohemians and still lose,” said the Harps boss.

Horgan wasn’t happy with the defending either against Bohemians and he feels his players will have to pull up their socks against a team with the quality of Dundalk.

“The defending wasn’t Premier Division defending on Friday night,” he said.

“ In fact it wasn't even First Division defending and we are going to have to be a lot tighter and remain more focussed against Dundalk, otherwise they will cause us serious problems.”

COYLE BACK

Harps will have central midfielder Mark Coyle back from suspension. Coyle missed the trip to Dalymount due to a one match ban picked up following his dismissal in the EA Sports League Cup against Derry City.

Gareth Harkin, back from long term injury and who saw action from the bench last weekend, will likely be on the bench again on Saturday night.

Mark Timlin, another of the long term injured, is on his way back but was an unused replacement against Bohemians. He will also be on the bench again on Saturday night.

“The boys are back in training for the last few weeks and it is a case of easing them back into the team,” Horgan said.

“Gareth got a half hour last week and we will plan something similar for him this weekend. It is a similar story with Mark, we didn’t use him last week but we will more than likely use him this week.

“It is a matter of easing them back and getting their match fitness up. The last thing we want to do is to set them back by playing them too soon.”

Dundalk come to Ballybofey as league leaders on 46 points, three ahead of second placed Shamrock Rovers.

Harps prop up the table on ten points, the same as UCD, who are ahead of them on goal difference.
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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by El Paso » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:42 am

Brian Gartland interview with Gavin:

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I'm not around, obviously, but if people in town are doing that much giving out about a team top of the League they'd want to wind their necks in. You can offer opinions without being a moany fúcker.

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by magarnagle » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:35 am

El Paso wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:42 am
Brian Gartland interview with Gavin:

https://dundalksport.ie/dfc-gartland-we ... 317d633181

I'm not around, obviously, but if people in town are doing that much giving out about a team top of the League they'd want to wind their necks in. You can offer opinions without being a moany fúcker.
I don't live in the town so cannot comment on that, but take a look at every match thread on this forum, some of the criticism, negativity is incredible. After Kenny's departure if we were told come June we would be on the same number of points as last season any right minded supporter would have been delighted with that. We've been completely spoiled with this team and people are really beginning to forget that. I don't interact with many on the matchday threads because I don't value their opinions, they can't understand the different variables in a game they just see a 1-0 and automatically think we've been crap, not the fact that we have injuries or the opposition parked the bus etc.

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by El Paso » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:21 pm

I think, looking back, the post-Sligo match thread was bang out of order. Most of the folk who logged on to stick the boot in that weekend have barely been on here since. One fella calling it the worst performance he could remember. He was either 10 years old or has brain worms, because I could point to a whole decade of worse performances.

We should never, ever forget how close the club came to extinction in 2012. Taking over from Kenny was always going to be a massive, massive task. Look at what's happened at Man Utd. Look what happened at Rovers after Michael O'Neill left. Perth with Gill and Higgins have done exceptionally well, and when you take the injuries into account it's been an exceptional performance.

At the same time it's ok to analyse performances regardless of League position. And players should be able to accept that, once it's done in good faith. We can all tell the difference between some whinger and someone who thinks there's more to football than the scoreline.

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by magarnagle » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:54 pm

El Paso wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:21 pm
I think, looking back, the post-Sligo match thread was bang out of order. Most of the folk who logged on to stick the boot in that weekend have barely been on here since. One fella calling it the worst performance he could remember. He was either 10 years old or has brain worms, because I could point to a whole decade of worse performances.

We should never, ever forget how close the club came to extinction in 2012. Taking over from Kenny was always going to be a massive, massive task. Look at what's happened at Man Utd. Look what happened at Rovers after Michael O'Neill left. Perth with Gill and Higgins have done exceptionally well, and when you take the injuries into account it's been an exceptional performance.

At the same time it's ok to analyse performances regardless of League position. And players should be able to accept that, once it's done in good faith. We can all tell the difference between some whinger and someone who thinks there's more to football than the scoreline.
Spot on, everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you're going to criticise at least have taken everything into account and be constructive, maybe even highlight the positives in the game.

No team play champagne football week in week out, sometimes you have to win ugly and all champions do that. At the end of the season if we are champions again this will all be forgotten, everyone will be praising the team and the guys snipping and criticising weekly will be right at the front playing the number 1 fan role.

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Martin Lawlor80 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:40 pm

El Paso wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:21 pm
I think, looking back, the post-Sligo match thread was bang out of order. Most of the folk who logged on to stick the boot in that weekend have barely been on here since. One fella calling it the worst performance he could remember. He was either 10 years old or has brain worms, because I could point to a whole decade of worse performances.

We should never, ever forget how close the club came to extinction in 2012. Taking over from Kenny was always going to be a massive, massive task. Look at what's happened at Man Utd. Look what happened at Rovers after Michael O'Neill left. Perth with Gill and Higgins have done exceptionally well, and when you take the injuries into account it's been an exceptional performance.

At the same time it's ok to analyse performances regardless of League position. And players should be able to accept that, once it's done in good faith. We can all tell the difference between some whinger and someone who thinks there's more to football than the scoreline.
There’s certain contributors who only ever appear after a bad result. There’s no doubt that eaten bread is soon forgotten with some fans but then they probably didn’t sit in Gortakeegan and united park with 600 others praying to avoid a defeat.

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Ezeikial » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:26 pm

Team news

Robbie Benson continues his recovery from a broken leg and Jamie McGrath has a foot problem with both primed for a return after the midseason break. Cameron Dummigan the same with ankle ligament damage.
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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Ezeikial » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:34 pm

Our record against Harps over recent seasons has been nothing short of exceptional, although I did not fully appreciate the extent of it until reading the match stats on the website review


The goal scored by Finn Harps' Keith Cowan in the early season match in Finn Park was the only goal they have managed against us in any competitive meeting since 2007

9 Played
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26 Goals scored
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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by Sneachta » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:50 pm

Daryl's screamer in 2016 has to be the best of the bunch. Amazing stat!

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Re: Finn Harps V Dundalk | Sat 8 June | 8pm | Finn Park | Matchday 21

Post by condor » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:06 pm

With all the mid-week rain is there a pitch inspection or a possibility of the game being off?
Going to head off about 5.30 so if anyone hears anything....

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