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May 27, 2022 at 7.45pm UK at Brandywell Stadium
Derry
2 - 2
Finn Harps
Patching (22'), Toal (90+4')
(33')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Mihaljevic (8'), McWoods (61')
Horgan (41'), (44')

Preview: Derry City vs. Finn Harps - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's League of Ireland Premier clash between Derry City and Finn Harps, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Derry City will be bidding to recover from three straight defeats when they continue their League of Ireland Premier Division campaign at home to Finn Harps in the North-West Derby on Friday night.

The hosts are currently second in the table despite their disappointing run, while Finn Harps occupy ninth, having only picked up 10 points from their 17 matches of the season.


Match preview

Derry City, who are two-time League of Ireland Premier Division champions, made an excellent start to the season, going unbeaten in their opening nine matches, recording seven wins in the process.

The Red and Whites responded to their first loss of the season at home to Shelbourne picking up seven points from their next three games, but they are without a victory in the league since putting four goals past St Patrick's Athletic at the end of April.

Indeed, Ruaidhri Higgins's side have picked up just two points from their last five games, losing each of their last three to Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Sligo Rovers.

Derry are still second in the division, though, seven points behind leaders Shamrock Rovers, with Dundalk in third only a point behind and also boasting a game in hand.

The Candystripes have the third-best home record in the League of Ireland Premier Division this term, picking up 15 points from nine matches, and they will be taking on a Finn Harps outfit that have only picked up five points from their eight away fixtures this term.

The visitors will enter Friday's contest off the back of a 1-0 home loss to Dundalk on Wednesday, and they have actually now lost each of their last four league games during a disappointing run.

Finn Harps have not been victorious in the league since a 1-0 success over Shelbourne at the end of April, and the worrying run of form has left them in ninth spot in the table, nine points behind eighth-placed Drogheda United and just two clear of basement side UCD.

Ollie Horgan's side, who finished eighth in the League of Ireland Premier Division last term, will be desperate to get one over on rivals Derry in the North-West derby, which means so much to the supporters.

Derry ran out 2-1 winners when the pair locked horns in the reverse fixture last month, but the points were shared in a 2-2 draw when they last met at Brandywell Stadium back in September 2021.

Derry City League of Ireland Premier form:
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Finn Harps League of Ireland Premier form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L


Team News

Derry will again be without the services of Michael Duffy and Ciaron Harkin due to foot and knee injuries respectively, while Cameron Dummigan is a doubt with a muscular issue.

Dummigan picked up the issue in the 26th minute of the team's 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers on Monday and could now be replaced in the starting XI by Brandon Kavanagh.

Jamie McGonigle scored his 10th league goal of the campaign in the loss last time out, and the 26-year-old will again feature in the final third of the field for the out-of-form hosts.

As for Finn Harps, David Webster will be unavailable for selection due to a muscular problem, but Bastien Hery is back from a suspension and should feature in midfield.

Head coach Horgan is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack, as there were positives to be taken from their performance against Dundalk last time out.

Eric McWoods has scored twice in the league this season and should again be joined by Yousef Mahdy, who has struck once for Finn Harps during the current campaign.

Derry City possible starting lineup:
Maher; McEleney, McJannett, Toal, Lafferty; Boyce, Kavanagh, Patching, Thomson; Akintunde, McGonigle

Finn Harps possible starting lineup:
McGinley; Slevin, Tourish, Donelon, Boyle; Rainey, Connolly, Hery; Devers, Mahdy, McWoods


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We say: Derry City 2-1 Finn Harps

Both sides will enter this match in disappointing form, but Derry have the superior quality across the field, and we are backing the home team to end their recent losing run with an important victory over their rivals.


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Top tip

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How you voted: Derry vs Finn Harps

Derry City
81.8%
Draw
4.5%
Finn Harps
13.6%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Shamrock RoversShamrock22153436142248
2DundalkDundalk20108228141438
3Derry CityDerry21107435191637
4St Patrick's AthleticSt Patrick's229582921832
5Sligo RoversSligo217862823529
6Bohemians206862525026
7Shelbourne207491724-725
8Drogheda UnitedDrogheda205782232-1022
9Finn HarpsFinn Harps2026121736-1912
10University College DublinUCD2016131241-299

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