first_imgMickey Funston is a top player and he’s hoping Harps can be in the mix for promotion this season.Dynamic Finn Harps midfielder Michael Funston is looking forward to their first home match of the new season but has warned his teammates to be wary of newcomers Cabinteely FC.The FAI’s decision to propel Cabinteely into the league has been met with a mixture of surprise and apathy by some.However, the League of Ireland’s newest side have made a brilliant start to life as a senior club. Eddie Gormley’s side defeated Wexford Youths 1-0 in their opening game of the season last Friday, and on Monday knocked UCD out of the EA Sports Cup.Funston, now in his TENTH season at Finn Park is looking forward to the clash but is conscious of the threat posed by Cabinteely.Funston told Donegal Daily, “There an unknown quantity and we don’t know too much about them, it’s going to be a really tricky game tomorrow night and they’ve got good momentum.“They’ve beaten two sides in Wexford and UCD who I’d consider along with Shelbourne to be in contention of getting out of the league. “They’ll be coming up here tomorrow night full of confidence and we’ve got to be at ourselves to ensure we get a result.After seven weeks of a tough pre-season, Harps kicked-off their campaign away to league favourites Shelbourne.They earned an excellent away point, however on reflection Funston feels Harps could have got more out of it.“Look your playing away at Tolka, it’s always a tough place and there an excellent side who’ll be in contention to win this league.“A point was a good result, but looking back on the game itself we’re a bit disappointed we didn’t win it. “They started the better and had some good chances, but we grew into it and in the last twenty five minutes of the match we were in total control.“They couldn’t get out and we had them penned in, we hit the post and had a couple of other real opportunities and probably should have won the game.“But a point is a good result down there and it sets us up nicely now for Cabinteely tomorrow night.Funston is delighted with the quality of the squad Ollie Horgan has assembled and is excited about the prospect of a front pairing of Wilfried Tagbo and Ruairi Keating. “The squad is laced with quality this year and we have plenty of attacking options in the final third that we didn’t have last season.“We lost Kevin after the first game of last season for about a dozen matches, but Ruairi Keating stepped up to the plate and done brilliant.“When Kevin eventually returned Ruairi was called back to Sligo so all the responsibility to get goals fell on Kevin’s shoulders again.“This year though we’ve got Ruairi back, Kevin is fully fit, Garbhan Friel has come in and we’ve signed Wilfried so the options are really good.“We built solid foundations last season and were hard to beat but we lacked that cutting edge, now we have the attacking options to hurt teams and hopefully we can be much more clinical than we were last season.Funston has admitted he’s been hugely impressed by the Frenchman and says he could be a real handful for defenders this year.“Wilfried is a bit like Cabinteely, he’s an unknown quantity, but he’s a good lad, his English isn’t great but that doesn’t stop him from integrating with the rest of the group and he’s a real good character.“He’s been excellent in pre-season and he works really hard which is what you need to do in this division.“His finishing in training has been top-class too and he has all the attributes to do well for us.“He’s 24 too, he’s not wet behind the ears, he has plenty of experience and I’m sure he’s hoping to make a big impact.“I think the fans will respond to the way he plays and will like him, who knows how it’s going to pan out.“Look at Eloka Asokuh, he came over here and the fans loved him and almost adopted him as one of their own.“He loved it that much he’s never left the place since so who knows how it will work out for Wilfried but he’s keen to do well and that’s a good sign.Funston is hoping a big crowd comes out for tomorrow’s night match and praised the travelling away support last week.“The fans that travelled to Tolka made some noise last week in and it was a massive help to all of us.“The drum was out and there would have been no atmosphere without them.“We’re hoping they can create the same buzz and atmosphere because it’s a massive help when Finn Park is noisy.“It’s there first away game and it might be a bit of a culture shock for some of them, we’re hoping we can get ripped into them early on and not give them a chance to settle.“We’re confident we can get the result, but we’re under no illusions as to how difficult it will be, the pitch will be heavy and it’s going to be tough but we’re looking forward to it.FUNSTON HOPING HARPS DON’T SUFFER FROM ‘CABIN FEVER’ AGAINST LEAGUE NEWBOYS was last modified: March 12th, 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:Cabinteely FCFinn Harps FCHome-page SportMickey Funstonnewssoccerlast_img read more