A confident Finn Harps will travel to the UCD Bowl on Sunday evening looking to record their fourth win in a row as the hosts return to domestic action for the first itme in a month.
Harps 2-0 victory over Cobh Ramblers at a wet and windy Finn Park last Friday night was their third win in a row and also their third clean sheet in a row.
The victory, coupled with the postponement of Wexford’s game against UCD, meant that Harps returned to the top of the table once more. And having gone through a blip that seen them lose three on the trot, Ollie Horgan is content to see his team remain in the promotion hunt.
“Obviously we are happy to win those games which keeps us in touch, but we need to improve to have any chance of staying in the top part of the table,” he warned.
UCD have been distracted in recent weeks with their European adventures, but Horgan is fully aware of the task that the students pose on Friday.
“UCD have had an incredible Europa League campaign and have represented our league and in particular the First Division exceptionally,” said Horgan. “It didn't surprise me with the way they play their football and with the talented individuals that they have. Huge credit to them and well deserved,” he continued.
Sunday’s game goes ahead after UCD’s European run came to an end on Thursday night. Slovan Bratislava progressed to the next round after a 5-1 victory at the Bowl to progress on a 6-1 scoreline. While the scoreline looks emphatic, three of the five goals that Bratislava scored came in the last ten minutes.
Harps go into Friday’s game ten points ahead of UCD, but the students do have two games in hand on Horgan’s side. The two meetings between the two sides this season have both finished in 2-2 draws. In both games, the students led twice only for Harps to bounce back on each occasion.
Keith Cowan is once more unavailable for Harps but other than that Ollie Horgan will have a full panel to choose from.