Preview: UCD vs Finn Harps

Finn Harps begin their 2022 Premier Division campaign on the road tomorrow night as they travel to Dublin to take on newly promoted UCD. Kickoff at the UCD Bowl is 7.45pm and the game is live on LOITV. 

Harps will be eager to get their season up and running after last week’s clash with Drogheda United was postponed due to inclement weather. Meanwhile the Students are looking to bounce back having suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of defending champions Shamrock Rovers on opening day.

Ollie Horgan told “We’d love to have got up and running last weekend but no one could foresee the storm or the weather it brought with it and so we’ll move on now to two games in the space of a weekend, both away from home.

UCD are a proper side and have a lot of connections with ourselves, both on the pitch and in the dugout. They’re a young side but have an abundance of quality in the likes of Kerrigan and Colm Whelan, as well as players like Sam Todd who not only bring great ability but played 60 or 70 games for us in his time here and so he has that experience too. We’ve always struggled in Belfield over the years and I don’t see Friday night being any different.”

In team news Regan Donelon, Mark Anthony McGinley, Barry McNamee and Ryan Rainey are doubts. Manager Ollie Horgan is suspended and so returning assistant manager Gavin Dykes will take charge on the night.

Injured: None

Suspended: Ollie Horgan

Doubtful: Mark Timlin, Mark Anthony McGinley, Barry McNamee, Ryan Rainey