Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is expecting a battle from Cobh Ramblers when they visit Finn Park on Friday night, kick-off 8pm.
Horgan’s side won 3-0 at Shamrock Rovers B last Sunday in their first away outing of the season having won just once on the road in the Airtricity League during the entire campaign last year.
“It was a good three points but I wouldn’t be getting carried away with it,” he said.
“They were very young and good on the ball but we were stronger physically.”
Horgan still has a stack of injuries with Kevin McHugh and Sean McCarron not going to feature on Friday.
McHugh’s tight hamstring means he’s unlikely to feature until the home fixture against Galway FC on Saturday week.
McCarron broke his cheekbone last week and will be out of contention for at least a month. It means that 19-year-old on-loan Ruairí Keating is the only fit striker at the club.
“It’s a blow,” Horgan said of the absence of McHugh and McCarron. “They were missing in Dublin last week so we might have to make changes for Cobh.”
Ciaran Coll missed out last weekend with stomach cramps but is expected to be available again.
Gareth Harkin remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and Josh Mailey, who was a goalscorer last week in Harps’ 2-1 Ulster Senior League win over Derry City, might be able to make the bench.
Cobh drew their first outing of the new season 1-1 at home to Shamrock Rovers B before going down 3-2 to Wexford Youths in an entertaining encounter last week at Ferrycarrig Park.
They’ve a tendency to scored and concede in plentiful numbers.
“Cobh made four changes from their first fixture and battered Wexford with set pieces,” Horgan said. “The scoreline could’ve been anything.
“We have to be up for the battle when Cobh come to visit and if we are I will be thrilled.
“They are a side that I would never underestimate and have a number of decent players who can hurt you. We have to be at ourselves if we want anything from the game.”