Finn Harps will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup for the second season running, but they have a difficult hurdle to overcome against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday if they want to achieve that (kick-off 8.00pm).
It’s also the second season in succession that Harps will have faced the Youths in the Cup but last year they had home advantage when they knocked out Shane Keegan’s side at Finn Park by the odd goal in three.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan knows that his side will have to be at their best on Friday if they are to have any chance of reaching the last eight.
“The Cup draw wasn’t particularly kind to us,” said Horgan ahead of the trip to the side that sits just above them in the First Division.
“Away to Wexford was probably the toughest tie we could have got considering the cost, distance and most importantly the quality Wexford have,” he said.
Last Friday, Harps recorded their fifth away win of the season in all competitions when they defeated Waterford United at the RSC with Jordan Loftus scoring his first goals for the club. The victory brought Harps’ unbeaten run to eight games while they have now lost only once in their last fourteen outings.
Darragh Black will miss the game with a shoulder injury while Caoimhin Bonner serves the last of his three match suspension. Packie Mailey and Damien McNulty are both available again after missing last week’s victory over Waterford through suspension.