While Harps’ previous five appearances in the semi-final were played on a more level playing field, there is no doubt that Horgan’s side are up against it on Sunday.
Harps were the team that the other three semi-finalists would have wanted before the draw last month. Away to St. Pat’s was the last draw Horgan or Harps wanted, so while they would have been disappointed, Liam Buckley was probably delighted to get the last remaining First Division club left in the competition.
Horgan will have a near full-strength panel available for Sunday’s trip to Dublin.
The only doubts are over the fitness of Brian McGrory and Gareth Harkin who are carrying slight knocks.
Sunday’s game will the fifth time that the two clubs have met in the Cup. Like this weekend, the previous four games have all been played in Dublin. Pats have had home advantage on three of the four previous occasions – and made it count by winning each time. Harps’ one victory came in the 1974 Final, which was of course played at Dalymount Park.
Highland's Diarmaid Doherty attended training last weekend after the Shelbourne win in Ballybofey and spoke with Harps boss Ollie Horgan about the task of causing an upset in the cup.
Kick off on Sunday is 1.45pm, Diarmaid Doherty and 1974 Cup winner with Harps Jim Sheridan will be LIVE for Highland Radio Sport from the Inichicore venue from 2pm.