McNulty the only absentee as Harps head to Sligo

First league games in Donegal League Sunday divisions

Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan said his team's win over Sligo Rovers in Ballybofey in June was his team's best performance of the season.

But he has warned that his players will need to produce more of the same on Saturday night at The Showgrounds if they are to take anything from the game.

Harps may be struggling of late, but they’ll be hoping to maintain their good run of results against Sligo in this weekend's SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash.

The 3-0 win for Harps at Finn Park in June came after the sides had played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Sligo back in March.

The Harps equaliser that night was a memorable strike from Damian McNulty, and the defender is his team's only definite absentee ahead of this weekend.

“There are a few others carrying knocks,” Horgan said yesterday.

“A couple of them didn't train on Monday night and I'm not sure if they'll train tonight (Wednesday) either. We'll know more after training tonight.”

McNulty’s brilliant volley at the Showgrounds earned Harps in a game where Sligo were well on top in the first half and but for a couple of excellent saves from Richard Brush, could have been out of sight at half time.

The game in Ballybofey was a surprisingly one-sided affair with Shaun Houston scoring twice in a notable Harps win.

“We were going well then and we played well that night,” Horgan said.

“Sligo maybe weren’t going as well but they have improved since then. Certainly they’re a much better side than what we met when we drew at the start of the season.”

Horgan was at the Showgrounds on Saturday night to watch Sligo get the better of Galway United in a 2-1 victory.

The night before, Sligo’s management were in Finn Park as Harps fell to a fifth straight defeat in a 2-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers.

Horgan was impressed by what he saw on Saturday night and even though Sligo will be without the suspended Raffaele Cretaro and Craig Roddan, he feels they have enough quality cover to come in.

Just what team he goes with himself remains to be seen.

“It depends on what formation we go with,” he said when asked if his team would show many changes from the Shamrock Rovers match.

“To be honest, I didn’t think we were too far off from a good performance on Friday night. I haven’t made my mind up just yet, we’ll see closer to the weekend.”

Harps' closest rivals Wexford Youths have no league game this weekend.

However, there's a big match at the City Calling Stadium, also on Saturfday night, where bottom of the table Longford Town host Bray Wanderers.

Saturday night's game kicks off at 7.45pm.