There are no easy games in the League of Ireland First Division as Finn Harps are fully aware of this season after struggling to secure a draw against bottom of the table Athlone and needing a late goal to defeat Cabinteely. So manager Ollie Horgan not surprisingly is expecting a tough test against second in the table Drogheda United at Finn Park tomorrow night (kick-off 8.00).
“Tim Clancy has done a good job at Drogheda and that can be seen in the start they have made this season. They are second and maybe might be a little disappointed not to be closer to UCD. They were leading against Shelbourne last Friday night at home but had to settle for a draw in the end. But then again Shels have been going well and are third just a point behind Drogheda” Horgan said.
The Harps boss points to the quality of players like Sean Brennan, Jake Hyland, Lee Duffy, Mark Doyle and Chris Lyons and says his side will need to perform a lot better than in Longford where they miraculously came away with a victory. “I don’t think we will get away with that type of ‘smash and grab’ again this season. If we perform like that against Drogheda we will be punished. In fairness, our lads battled hard and maybe we deserved that bit of luck considering the way things went against us when we played Drogheda at United Park at the end of March. Look we need to get a result at home tomorrow night to stay in sight of the top teams.”
Gareth Harkin, Adam Duffy are still on the injured list Liam Walsh. Horgan also big concerns over keeper Ciaran Gallagher who sustained a heavy knock to the thigh in the Longford game while Mark Timlin has a hamstring injury and Paddy Court has an ongoing calf problem.