Finn Harps Reserves man is Watson Menswear Player of the Month   07/03/2018

Finn Harps Reserves have enjoyed a pretty positive start to 2018 with four wins from their last five games.

By Chris McNulty (USL PRO)

Striker Adam Duffy has been central to that run of form and the Buncrana man has been named as the latest Watson Menswear Ulster Senior League Player of the Month.

Picture: Finn Harps Reserves' Adam Duffy receives his Watson Menswear Player of the Month Award from Ulster Senior League Assistant Secretary Mark Duffy.

With the recent bad weather taking a toll on several weekends of action, this accolade is for the months of January and February.

Harps Reserves’ only blemish in that period was a defeat to Letterkenny Rovers, but Joe Boyle’s team have beaten Swilly Rovers, Bonagee United and Derry City of late, while they also advanced to the Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup quarter-finals.

“I’m enjoying it at the minute; it’s really good,” Buncrana native Duffy says.

“The Ulster Senior League really prepares you for the future. It’s games against grown men. The standard is good. 

“We have a challenge every day we go out and there’s no easy games in the League at all. We’ve been competitive every week and we’re on a good run of form.”

Duffy netted in the wins over Bonagee and Swilly, while he also bagged one in the 2-1 away win at Cootehill in the Knockalla.

His exploits since moving to Finn Park from Buncrana Hearts last summer were noticed by senior manager Ollie Horgan. Duffy is included in the Harps senior panel and wears the squad number 27.

He says: “I’m training with the first team all the time now. I’ve made the squad for the season so we’ll see what happens.

“It’s faster and more physical. You notice a big difference. You learn every day and you’re always picking stuff up from the other strikers. I feel it helping me all the time. Hopefully I can make it into a first team squad.”

Duffy has certainly shown a keen eye for goal and Harps are just four points off second placed Fanad in the USL. 

The Inishowen man says: “I’m always looking to score goals. That’s what strikers always want to do.

“Even coming into the underage set-up at Hearts from Buncrana was a big step up. I came in mid-season so I was playing catch-up from the start. It was hard to get up to the level of the rest of the boys straight away.”

Duffy speaks highly of the senior players at Harps, especially strikers like Ciaran O’Connor and Michael O’Connor.

Harps Reserves are away to Cockhill Celtic on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup. On Sunday last, Duffy played 90 minutes for the Harps seniors in a challenge game against Cockhill, which finished scoreless. 

He says: “It was a tough run out.

“We know it’ll be a big test against Cockhill this weekend. 

“You know you’re getting a big challenge coming up against them. They’ve been so good in the last few years.”