Finn Harps make the trip to the Tallaght Stadium (kick-off 8.00) tomorrow night to take on Shamrock Rovers needing to get at least a point to stay on track for a shot at Premier Division survival.
With the way results went last weekend Ollie Horgan’s outfit are now third from bottom and back firmly in the relegation zone.
“We have to go to Tallaght and try and get something from the game which is going to be very difficult with the quality that they have in their squad. Stephen Bradley will be looking for a win to make sure they stay third in the table for a European place this season. They will also be looking to bounce back after losing the EA Sports Cup Final last Saturday in Tallaght. Our lads will need to be at the top of their game to deal with the likes of Simon Madden, Trevor Clarke; Ryan Connolly, Ronan Finn, Brandon Miele, Michael O’Connor and Gary Shaw. I know they will be missing Aaron Bolger through suspension but with the strength in depth that they have that shouldn’t be a big problem” Horgan said.
Horgan, who will watch the game from the Stand as he serves the second of a two-match touchline suspension, will be minus central defender Kilian Cantwell as he completes a two-match ban. The manager also has injury concerns over Paddy McCourt, Ethan Boyle, Gareth Harkin and Sean Houston ahead of tomorrow night’s game. Once again Packie Mailey has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
“We will be missing Kilian Cantwell again because of suspension and Packie Mailey is still out because of that hamstring injury. Paddy McCourt has been playing through the pain barrier for a number of weeks so we’ll just have to see how he is tomorrow. Gareth Harkin had to come off on Saturday night at Finn Park because of a groin problem. Sean Houston and Ethan Boyle picked up injuries in training during the week so we well have to assess their fitness as well. It was very disappointing to lose to that last minute goal against Sligo but the lads moved on from that once we got back to training on Monday night. We need a really massive effort from the team tomorrow night because every point is going to be priceless with just five games left” Horgan concluded.