Team's task is immense - Horgan

Team's task is immense - Horgan

Ollie Horgan has revealed how he has only watched BJ Banda's promotion-winning goal once since the Limerick game last November.

He told how he watched both Banda's header and Michael Funston's opener the day after Harps secured promotion.

But he hasn't watched any of the highlights from that unforgettable night any time since.

“I didn't look at it since,” he said.

“Yeh, it was a great year. But there's no looking back

“I think everyone knows how difficult it's going to be. You're now talking about your Derrys, your Dundalks, Cork City, Shamrock Rovers.

“I'll put it this way, it might be a far better achievement staying up than it was getting promotion last year.”

He added: “There’s a lot of talk about the Derry game. But that’s one game out of 33.

“We go to Dundalk the following Friday night. It doesn’t get any easier. You’re going from one to the other to the next.

“It’s a great start getting Derry at home publicity-wise, but we need to try and get points on the board. If you don’t, you then go to Oriel Park. Full time teams have taken hammerings there.

“We are part time. We realise that. It’s a full time league, with management, players and staff.

He added: “This time last year, nobody gave us a hope in hell of getting promoted. I'd say the general public would expect us to go straight back down.

“Maybe that will happen, but we'll certainly give it everything we can and we'll see where that takes us.”

Horgan also pointed to the important role that Harps supporters will have in the season ahead.

He referred to the fact that such a large number of fans travelled to Tolka Park for the opening game against Shelbourne last season on a night when his team's performance wasn't great.

“The fans were very patient with us (last year),” he said. “They were patient with us the year before as well.

“We need them to be patient with us again and to help us out on match night.“

He also suggested supporters will have a role to play in helping to drum up some much needed funds for the club.

“We can't go to Turners Cross and expect to get a result if we don't travel down the night before, but that costs money,” he said.

“There's nobody coming home with money in their pocket. It's trying to get as much as we can for the players and to give us a level playing field to compete with these teams.”