HARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE UNBEATEN START TO SEASON AT WATERFORD ON FRIDAY NIGHT

first_imgRuairi Keating is a doubt for Finn Harps ahead of their trip to Waterford on Friday night.Finn Harps will be hoping to extend their unbeaten league start to the season to three games on Friday evening when they make the long trip south to face Waterford United at the RSC (kick-off 7.45pm). Harps followed up their opening day scoreless draw away to Shelbourne with a comfortable 2-0 victory over league newboys Cabinteely at Finn Park last Friday night.“I was glad to get the win on Friday night,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan after the game. “Credit to the ground staff who got the pitch ready in very difficult weather conditions leading up to game,” he said. “The early goal was a huge help to us but Cabinteely were always dangerous from set pieces and on the break.“They will prove to be very difficult opposition to us and a lot more teams in the season ahead,” said Horgan of the Dublin based side.Harps controlled much of the game but clear cut chances were few and far between.“We really hadn’t too many chances until after second goal when Cabinteely pushed men forward and left space to try to exploit at the back. “I felt that all fourteen lads that played made a contribution which doesn’t always happen,” continued Horgan.Like Harps, Friday’s opponents Waterford have made an unbeaten start to the season and have also picked up four points from their opening two games including last week’s 2-1 victory over Wexford Youths.“Waterford have made a great start and will obviously be full of confidence having beaten Wexford away,” said Horgan.“The return of Jack Doherty and Dylan Mernagh is a big boost to them along with new additions in the likes of Sean Hurley and young Dineen at the back.“We struggled in the RSC this time last year and they ran out comfortable winners so we know how difficult it is going to be. “We worked hard as a group last Friday against Cabinteely in front of a very encouraging home support,” said Horgan.“However, it is more difficult to repeat this away from home in places like Waterford this Friday with their home support and quality.”Packie Mailey remains out while last week’s two goal hero Rory Keating is a doubt and will be assessed prior to the departure south.Although Harps held the upper hands against Waterford last season – winning two and drawing one of their four meetings – they haven’t always had their way against Friday’s opponents. In the twenty meetings prior to last season they had won only three times against Waterford, with only one of these victories coming at the RSC.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Ruairi Keating.Injured: Packie Mailey.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-L-L-D-W (7 pts)Waterford United: L-L-W-L-D-W (7 pts)RECORD AGAINST WATERFORD / WATERFORD UNITED (All competitions)Friday’s game will be the 95th meeting of the two clubs, and the 47th to be played in Waterford.Total Games: 94 (47 at Waterford)Harps Wins: 32 (11 at Waterford)Waterford Wins: 43 (25 at Waterford)Draws: 19 (11 at Waterford)Harps Goals: 136 (57 at Waterford)Waterford Goals: 148 (86 at Waterford)LAST 10 GAMES v WATERFORD UNITED27-Jul-12 Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)29-Sep-12 Finn Harps 1-2 Waterford United (First Division)08-Mar-13 Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)26-Apr-13 Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United (First Division)28-Jun-13 Waterford United 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)16-Aug-13 Finn Harps 0-2 Waterford United (First Division)07-Mar-14 Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford United (First Division)25-Apr-14 Waterford United 2-0 Finn Harps (First Division)27-Jun-14 Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford United (First Division)15-Aug-14 Waterford United 0-2 Finn Harps (First Division)LAST TIME v WATERFORD at RSC15th August 2014.WATERFORD UNITED 0FINN HARPS 2 Jordan Loftus 16, 36.Waterford United: Matthew Connor, Conor Whittle, Shaun Corcoran, Patrick Fitzgerald, John Frost, Brian Nolan, Ross Fitzpatrick (Mikie Rowe 59), Vincent Sullivan, Ethan Boyle, Conor Coad (Cormac Breslin 78), Mark Walsh (Andrew O’Connor 59). Subs not used: Samuel Ogayemi, Shane Morrissey, Daryll Power.Finn Harps: Conor Winn, Brian McGrory, Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Thomas McMonagle, Josh Mailey, Carel Tiofack (Oisin Hassett 83), Pat McCann, Sean McCarron (Cathal McDaid 90), Kevin McHugh, Jordan Loftus (Gerard O’Callaghan 70). Subs not used: Shaun Patton, James Gallagher.FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2015 (All competitions)Ruairi Keaing 2Brian McGrory 1 (in League Cup)Keith Cowan 1 (in League Cup)FINN HARPS RESULTS / FIXTURES 2015Mar Fri 06 Shelbourne 0-0 Finn HarpsMon 09 Galway Utd 3-2 Finn Harps (League Cup)Fri 13 Finn Harps 2-0 CabinteelyFri 20 A Waterford UnitedFri 27 H Cobh RamblersApr Fri 03 A UCDFri 10 H Athlone TownFri 17 A Wexford YouthsFri 24 H ShelbourneMay Fri 01 A CabinteelyFri 08 H Waterford UnitedSat 16 A Cobh RamblersFri 22 H UCDJun Fri 05 A Athlone TownFri 12 H Wexford YouthsFri 26 A ShelbourneJul Fri 03 H CabinteelyFri 10 A Waterford UnitedFri 17 H Cobh RamblersFri 24 A UCDFri 31 H Athlone TownAug Fri 07 A Wexford YouthsFri 14 H ShelbourneFri 28 A CabinteelySep Sat 05 H Waterford UnitedSat 19 A Cobh RamblersFri 25 H UCDOct Fri 09 A Athlone TownSat 17 H Wexford YouthsCompiled by Joe Doherty. Email: joedoherty@finnharps.comHARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE UNBEATEN START TO SEASON AT WATERFORD ON FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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 harpsHome-page SportnewssoccerWATERFORD UNITEDlast_img read more

Gallery: Limpopo, gateway to the north

first_imgHome to the growing city of Polokwane, Limpopo is known as the “gateway to the great north”. It is the perfect stepping stone to the wonders of the Kruger National Park. A notable Limpopo attraction is the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site, where the remains of a thriving African kingdom offer insights into a rich cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.The giant baobab tree at Mapungubwe. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)It’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, is best known for its rich tribal cultures and wild territories where the Big Five roam. Mapungubwe – “place of the stone of wisdom” – was South Africa’s first kingdom, the subcontinent’s largest realm for 400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century. Its highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. Today it is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The visitor’s centre at the Mapungubwe World Heritage site. The site lies on the open savannah of the Mapungubwe National Park, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The famous gold rhino unearthed by archaeologists at Mapungubwe. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Inside the state-of-the-art visitors’ centre at Mapungubwe you get to see the ancient civilization’s artefacts up close. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) An aerial view of the Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) White lion cubs at the Legend Wildlife and Cultural Centre in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A waterfall and lush subtropical landscape near the city of Tzaneen in the north of Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A traditional Venda homestead in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The dam at Serenity Forest Lodge. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Textile artist Solomon Mohati at work at the Kaross Textile Factory in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Colourful handcrafted textiles on display at the Kaross Textile Factory in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Mashovhela Bush Lodge near the town of Louis Trichardt. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The Mall of the North in the city of Polokwane. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Polokwane, the capital city of Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A herd of elephants get relief from the Limpopo heat in the Kruger National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more