Key players back for Harps battle with UCD but McNulty remians on the sideline

Finn Harps

 

Finn Harps go into their penultimate home game of the season on Friday knowing that a victory will confirm a top two finish this season.

With a play-off spot all but confirmed, the next goal for Finn Harps will be to secure a second place finish in the First Division which would give them the advantage of a home tie in the second leg of the play-off.

Harps Manager Ollie Horgan has said that his side isn't even thinking about a play-off at this stage and insists there is still much work to be done in the remaining three league games.

“We haven't even thought about a play-off game and won't until the last three games are out of the way,” said Horgan. “A lot of football has to be played yet.”

Tommy McMonagle, Keith Cowan and Raymond Foy are all available for selection having served one match suspensions last weekend. Damien McNulty though remains sidelined.

UCD are the only side Harps have failed to record a victory against in league action this season. The opening two games both finished in 2-2 draws while the most recent meeting in July at the UCD Bowl was decided by Robbie Benson's 67th minute winner for the home side.

“UCD are the one side that we haven't beaten this season and have never taken the lead against either!,” said Horgan as he looked ahead to Friday's game.

“They play great football and we will be starved of possession for long periods as was the case in our games up to now,” he warned.

This is likely to be the first of three meetings between the two sides over the coming few weeks as UCD are likely to be Harps' opponents in the play-offs although a Harps victory on Friday would open the door for Shelbourne to force their way back into the reckoning for third spot once again.