Finn Harps’ draw against St. Patrick’s Athletic means they have opened up a nine point gap on Wexford Youths who have only four league games to play.
However, Harps boss Ollie Horgan was again refusing to write off Wexford’s hopes of survival on Tuesday night.
“Wexford play Galway on Friday night, the night we’re in Cork,” he said.
“They’ll fancy themselves at home against Galway. We then go there the following Friday so if they happen to win those two games, it’s open season again. So it’s far from over, although it is a great point against St. Pat’s at home, without a doubt.”
Horgan seemed just as pleased with his team’s performance as the result on Tuesday night.
“I often criticise our lads for lack of quality when they go a goal down, home or away,” he said.
“But tonight they showed a huge amount of quality, not just effort. I don’t know where they pulled the energy out of, but they showed quality there in the last 20 minutes and they deserved the point.”
With Keith Cowan now added to a growing injury list, Harps will be down to the bare bones for Friday’s long trip to Cork. Horgan said the fact that his team will be playing their fifth league game in 13 days makes their chances no easier.
“People talk about coaching manuals and recovery - it’s a heap of crap when it comes to this,” he argued.
“We’re a part-time side but funny, we’ve picked up points in that mad period when we’d weeks with no games and a fortnight to prepare and we didn’t.”
He added: “We’re going to the toughest place in the country in 72 hours, having played what we’ve played. There’s very energy left in the tank. We’re going somewhere where what we don’t want to do is get a hammering.”
Tuesday night’s match was Harps’ penultimate home fixture. They end their season with a home game against Bohemians on Friday, October 28th.
Thanks to Tuesday night’s draw, Harps now look all but mathematically safe.
“There’s a great amount of pride there,” Horgan said.
“A fabulous goal and a fabulous last 20 minutes, tinged with the disappointing factor in the injury to Keith Cowan.”
Harps' game in Cork on Friday night is at 7.45pm.
Photo: Joey O'Leary of Joey O'Leary Financial Services, presents match sponsorship for Tuesday night's game against St. Pat's to Harps defender Packie Mailey. Also included are Tommy McMonagle (left) and James Rodgers (right).