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Match Preview: v Finn Harps

SSE Airtricity League Men’s First Division: Finn Harps v Athlone Town AFC

Date: March 1st, 2024

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Venue: Finn Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Both teams started the campaign with a win and a draw and will be hoping to keep the momentum going. With the kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm, both teams are looking to add to their early season tally.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this much-anticipated match.

Finn Harps had a great comeback in Longford two weeks ago to get their first win of the season and a draw with Cork City last weekend sees them on 4 points. Harps fans will be disappointed with how last season concluded but hopeful they can get into the promotion race this year. Luke O’Brien joined on loan from St. Pats and added to a much-changed Harps this season.

Athlone have had two great first half performances in the games this season but struggled in the second half against Cobh. Athlone understand Finn Park is a difficult place to come out of with any points but are hopeful the front three will continue to excite and cause problems for teams.

Dario Castelo stated, “While we got a point on the road our team are disappointed with didn’t get three points and it shows the ambition of the squad we have put together. We have played very well going forward, I want to see more of the same.”

Team News

Athlone Town AFC will be without Jamar Campion Hinds who is still sidelined with an injury.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town’s two visits to Finn Park last season consisted of a 4-1 win and a 4-1 loss so who’s to know what the score will be tomorrow.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC, Dylan Hand has been supurb so far since returning to the club and will hope to continue his good form after getting a goal for himself last weekend.

Finn Harps forward Success Edogun who is well known to Athlone Town fans has developed really well since he left Athlone and will be hoping to continue with his goal a game return this season.

Match Tickets
Tickets for the game can be purchased here.

Referee Team
Referee:
Daniel Murphy
1st Assistant Referee: Darren Corcoran
2nd Assistant Referee: Keenan Deering
4th Official: Michael Connolly

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