Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan takes his team to Tolka Park to take on Shelbourne without three strikers on Friday night, kick-off 8pm.
The Ballybofey side are currently top of the SSE Airtricity League Division One on goal difference from the Drumcondra outfit after four series of matches.
Last Friday, Paul McVeigh scraped a draw for Harps against 10-man Galway FC at Finn Park after Derek O’Brien had been sent off and Vinny Faherty had given the visitors the lead.
“We were delighted with a point in the end up,” Horgan said of last Friday. “We didn’t play that well but kept battling and got the draw.”
Horgan must plan without the suspended Ruairí Keating, whose four yellow cards mean he will watch from the sidelines at Tolka Park. The on-loan Sligo Rovers striker, who has impressed since coming to Ballybofey, was booked for a fifth successive match on Friday.
Kevin McHugh has been suffering with a hamstring injury since the first outing of the season against Waterford United, while Sean McCarron has only resumed light training after fracturing a cheekbone. It seems that McVeigh will be rewarded for his first goal of the season last weekend with the lonesome striking role.
Shelbourne opened their season with a 2-0 win over Wexford Youths before Jordan Keegan bagged the only goal in the 1-0 victory against Longford Town. Since then, John McDonnell’s side have drawn 3-3 with Waterford United and 1-1 against Shamrock Rovers B.
“Taking on Shelbourne at Tolka Park is always a big ask,” Horgan continued. “They’re a decent outfit and are very strong down the middle, so it’s going to be a very, very big ask.”