Wexford were the last side to score against Harps from open play (it was actually and own goal from Ciaran Coll) – that coming in the 2-2 in Wexford at the end of May. Since then, Harps have conceded just twice in seven games – those goals coming from a Glen O’Connor free-kick for Longford Town and Gareth Coughlan’s penalty for Shelbourne last weekend.
Last Friday’s 1-1 draw at Tolka Park brought Harps’ unbeaten run to five games, and they now have tasted defeat just once in ten outings. Indeed, it could have been so much more against Shels only for a Carol Tiofack goal to be ruled out by substitute referee Paula Brady.
Friday’s game will be the first of at least two meetings between the sides this month after the clubs were paired together in last week’s FAI Cup third round draw. That game takes place towards the end of the month and Horgan said it was far from an ideal draw from his sides point of view.
The previous two meetings between the sides this season have finished in draws – 1-1 at Finn Park last April and 2-2 at Ferrycarrig Park the following month.
Michael Funston, Keith Cowan and Caoimhin Bonner all return from suspension to give Horgan a full panel to choose from for quite some time.