Ex-Harps ‘keeper and Galway are confident of a ‘Winn’ against Finn Harps


Galway United goalkeeper Conor Winn is expecting a ‘battle’ against his former club Finn Harps tomorrow night at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway are ahead of Harps on goal difference only at the foot of the table, but the form book is contrasting: Galway are unbeaten in eight and Harps have lost six of their last seven.

Last Friday night, Shane Keegan’s Galway became the first team this year to take points off runaway leaders Cork City as they held them to a one-all draw.

Winn was Harps’ goalkeeper during the 2014 season, Ollie Horgan’s first as the Harps manager, when the Donegal side reached the FAI Cup semi-finals.

“Finn Harps are one of the hardest teams to break down,” Winn says.

“We know we’re going into a battle. I think everyone is looking forward to it.

“Ollie Horgan has signed a lot of footballers this season, they’re still one of the toughest teams to face in the league. If you’re going up against Finn Harps, you know it’s always going to be a good, physical game.

“It’s a completely different type of game to Cork City last week, we knew we would have our backs up against the walls for some of the Cork City game, but hopefully we’ll have more possession and more of an attacking threat against Finn Harps. We will have to work very hard again to get the three points.”

“We’re thinking, what’s the point of putting in such a good display against Cork City if we fail to perform against Finn Harps.”

Winn and Galway are in confident mode ahead of the clash with Harps, who they shared the spoils with in a one-all draw back in March.

He said: ”It’s been disciplined displays from us in recent months more than anything. We’ve worked hard in training, I think it’s showing now on match days. I don’t think we’re worried about any team in the league, I think we’ve shown that.

“The last time we played Finn Harps, we bashed them, I think we hit the crossbar three times, we were very unlucky not to win. On Friday night, hopefully we will more clinical in our finishing and be right defensively.”

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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