LEAGUE CAMPAIGN ENDS AS HARPS FACE CHAMPIONS WEXFORD YOUTHS

first_imgFinn Harps bring the curtain down on their 46th League of Ireland campaign when they welcome First Division Champions Wexford Youths to Finn Park on Saturday evening.And while the game will signal the end of the 2015 league season, Harps still have much to play for as they enter the play-off series next weekend against UCD.Harps will play the students home and away over the next fortnight with the winner going on to play the club that finishes second from bottom in the Premier Division – also over two legs. The winner of that tie will play in the Premier Division next season. Before that though, Harps have their final outing in the league with the visit of the Champions to Ballybofey.Harps and Wexford had fought it out between themselves for the top two spots for all of the season, but it was the Youths who held firm to top the table and claim promotion after just nine seasons in the domestic game.“Wexford already turned us over in Ballybofey and went on to deservedly win the league,” said Horgan as he prepares for the visit of Shane Keegan’s table toppers this weekend.“They have a great mixture of experience with younger lads and have a lot of top players,” he said. “They have a bit of everything from ability to strength and togetherness. They will be a great test for us on Saturday.” Despite nothing only points at stake in Saturday’s game as all but the minor finishing spots have been decided in the First Division, Horgan will still be preparing his team in the usual fashion ahead of the game.“We prepare for every game the same as the last game although we hope to get lads game time that were out last week,” continued the Harps boss.Last Friday, a much changed Harps side recorded a 1-1 draw against Athlone Town at Lissywollen.“Athlone are a strong side and any result down there is good,” said Horgan. “We weren’t at our best in the second half in particular and were lucky in the end to get a point. However, it was good to see a few of our younger players stepping up to the first team and doing well.”Horgan has the suspended foursome of Tony McNamee, Wilfried Tagbo, Ciaran Coll and Kevin McHugh available again, although the latter is a doubt for Saturday’s game. Damien McNulty has made a quicker than anticipated return from injury while Raymond Foy is the only player now on the injured list. Wexford hold the upper hand over Harps this season with two victories in the three games between the sides. Wexford also have a great record at Finn Park and only left empty-handed on five of their previous fifteen visits to Ballybofey.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Kevin McHugh.Injured: Raymond Foy.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-W-D-W-W (13 pts)Wexford Youths: W-W-W-W-W-W (18 pts)LEAGUE CAMPAIGN ENDS AS HARPS FACE CHAMPIONS WEXFORD YOUTHS was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpswexford youthslast_img

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