Both sides have faced off once already this season, as Treaty lost 2-0 in Finn Park following the massive journey up to Donegal
Treaty United are back in action in the League of Ireland First Division Friday night as they host Finn Harps at the Markets Field, kicking off at 7:45pm.
Tommy Barrett’s side are five points ahead of Friday nights rivals, and know that a victory could see them rise into the coveted playoff places, should results go their way. United had a four game win streak ended last week as they lost 3-0 at home to Galway United, and will want to get back on track.
The Harps are languishing second bottom of the league, only bettering the record of newcomers Kerry FC, and will be desperate for all three points as they bid to climb the table. They haven’t picked up a victory since they won away to Wexford over a month ago, with one draw and four losses in their last five games.
Both sides have faced off once already this season, as Treaty lost 2-0 in Finn Park following the lengthy journey up to Donegal. Harps controlled the game and opened the scoring through Ryan Rainey in the 17th minute. Filip Fjeldheim Da Silva got the second for Harps with half an hour to go, finishing from close range after great work by Daniel Okwute.
The visitors will know a win will be crucial if they are to have any play-off aspirations. Elsewhere in the bid for promotion, Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town, who sit ahead of Treaty fourth and fifth respectively, travel to Bray and Galway United. Galway are storming the league, and are strong favourites while Bray are in third spot, a point ahead of Cobh.
It means that Treaty have a real chance to gain ground on potential promotion rivals, as they face the team with the second worst defensive record in the entire division.
United forward Enda Curran will be hoping to add to his impressive goal scoring tally, the Galway native has netted seven times so far this season.
Homegrown talent Darren Nwankwo is expected to start at the back for Treaty, the 18 year old defender from Castletroy hasn’t looked out of place since coming into the side.
After defeat last time out, Treaty will be keen to get back to winning ways in front of their home support and should have enough for a struggling Donegal outfit.
Treaty United face Finn Harps in the Markets Field at 7:45pm this Friday, May 26.