Boyle a doubt as Finn Harps get ready for visit of Dundalk

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Finn Harps say that striker Nathan Boyle is a doubt for Friday night’s home game against champions Dundalk.

Boyle is listed as a doubt, but Ollie Horgan, the Harps manager, will welcome Ciaran Gallagher and Keith Cowan back into his plans.

Gallagher and Cowan were unavailable for Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Horgan’s biggest dilemma for this week may well rest with the goalkeeper’s position, with Peter Burke, in Gallagher’s absence, having performed superbly against Bohs. Burke had deputised for the injured Gallagher in Harps’ play-off win over Limerick at the end of last season.

“It’s going to be a big ask for us but we have prepared as best we can this week and the lads are looking forward to giving it their best shot,” Horgan said.

“It doesn’t get any tougher than Dundalk but we have to be positive and go out in a frame of mind that will hopefully get us something from the game.

“It’s great to be playing a team of the calibre of Dundalk but there is no doubt they will be coming here to win. We’re hoping for a big home crowd at Finn Park to back us from the start of the game and maybe that might give us that little bit of extra to try and get a result.”

Mark Timlin and Harry Ascroft remain side-lined through injury, but Sean Boyd, who has joined on loan from Shamrock Rovers, will be in the reckoning to make his Harps debut.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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