Finn Harps’ boss Dave Rogers is hoping his side will return to winning ways away to Longford tonight in their final clash before the midseason break.
Kick-off at Bishopsgate is 7.45pm and the game is live on loitv.ie
After gaining an impressive 3-0 away win at Treaty United FC, Harps failed to kick-on at home to lowly Kerry FC and, on Bank Holiday Monday, went down 6-0 to table toppers Galway Utd.
Rogers blamed Kerry for being overly defensive and ‘time wasting’ but admitted his side couldn’t ‘find the quality’ or cutting edge to break them down.
“We always look at the positives in each and every game we play,” he said.
“So, two consecutive clean sheets after four successive defeats was most definitely an improvement and foundation to build on heading into our trip against league leaders and pacesetters Galway United.”
Rogers said the challenge they knew they would face at Eamonn Deacy Park was worked on all week in training. However, he admitted, the start they made was ‘way below expectations’ and the game was well and truly over for his team early on.
“Friday sees us travel away again to Longford Town FC who will once again provide us with a very tight and stern test,” he continued.
“We have won at Bishopsgate already this season and we will be going to try and win the game again and especially a positive reaction after the heavy defeat in Galway.”
Harps, however, are low on personnel due to injuries and the Leaving Cert commitments of the U-19 players.
“No matter what, we will not look for excuses and we will not complain though continue to be positive, proactive and on the front foot as always as we want to give our fantastic harps faithful a result and performance to be proud of.”
Injured: Ryan Rainey, Ellis Farrar, Seamas Keogh, Caoimhin Porter, Daniel Okwute and Brendan McLaughlin.
Unavailable: Max Johnston, Sean O’Kane and Aaron McLaughlin.