Horgan pleased with result but wants to focus on Shamrock Rovers on Friday

Horgan pleased with result but wants to focus on Shamrock Rovers on Friday
Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan, was very happy with the Cup win in Wexford, but is already setting his sights on the next league game with Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.

Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan, was very happy with the Cup win in Wexford, but is already setting his sights on the next league game with Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.

“Certainly in the first half we were very, very good. We were in control and 1-0 up and basically Wexford had to come out. They left a few gaps at the back when they had to come at us at 1-0 down. It (the win) certainly opens up a few avenues as regards the rest of the season. We are in the quarter-final of the cup in a number of weeks.

“We’re going into a big game on Friday night against Shamrock Rovers in the league. While it is a huge gap for us to close, five or six points between ourselves Galway and Wexford, having won down there, it gives us a little bit of confidence to see what happens on Friday night, I suppose,” said Horgan.

“We have one or two injuries and a suspension, but that seems to be a common theme of our season, week in, week out. To be fair to the lads who played and those that came on, they are very well organised and determined, to their credit.

“They deserved to win the game. There were times in recent weeks, we got a draw that we were lucky to get. But last night, for a change, I felt we deserved to win the game,” said Horgan.

“We were 2-0 up and quite comfortable. Then we had an unfortunate sending off, another one for a throw-in that the referee took too many seconds to throw the ball in. Look, we’re used to that and we’ll get on with it. From there to the end, Wexford threw everything at us.

“They had a number of corner kicks, a couple of long throws and three free kicks in the last seven minutes of a 97 minute game. We were glad to see the final whistle and we were hanging on, but up to the sending off I felt we were the better side.”

The manager is hoping to get a draw in Finn Park fore the next round, but is aware that he may not get that.

“We’re looking for a home draw. The away trip to Wexford was one of our last choices financially and geographically. Of course you would like a home draw but then you could get drawn away to the likes of Avondale or St. Michael’s in Tipperary or Cork and that’s not really top of the scale of what we want.

“We have Wexford to go to again in the league. They’re five points ahead of us. I felt, coming up the road, that we could go there again and the lads would be confident, albeit very difficult to win down there. That’s why the Shamrock Rovers game on Friday is very important for us. They have improved. I watched them last Sunday against Cork and they are very, very good. Our focus is totally on Shamrock Rovers, once we left Ferrycarrig Park, that was the only thing on our mind.

My information is that Damien McNulty will miss the quarter-final of the FAI Cup. I think you serve it within the competition, unless you get beaten, which is a huge price to play for Damien for delaying a throw-in. It looks as he will miss the quarter-final but will be available on Friday night.”

Looking forward to the game with Rovers, he said: “They beat us already in Ballybofey; we turned them over in Tallaght. There is a little bit about them; they seem to have plenty of energy and we know we will be up against it on Friday night.”