Finn Harps focus is totally on Athlone game tonight says Ollie Horgan


Finn Harps focus is totally on Athlone game tonight says Ollie Horgan

Ciaran Coll who is struggling with injury for Harps

Finn Harps, after their FAI Cup heroics last weekend over Bray Wanderers, are back on the road again tonight (Friday).

Ollie Horgan takes his squad to Athlone and another red letter clash in their bid to copperfasten a place in the promotion playoff.

Harps are currently in second position behind league leaders UCD, who are more or less home and hosed for the Division One League crown.

UCD lead Harps by seven points with four games remaining while Harps are two points ahead of Shelbourne and Drogheda United, who occupy the third and fourth place positions.

Longford Town are lurking in fifth place four points further back.

Despite the Cup distraction and a third round draw from hell against Dundalk, Horgan and his squad’s focus is on three points tomorrow night (Friday) against the bottom side Athlone.

“It was good result and great to get the win in Bray on Friday night, but as I said on the night I would gladly swap the 3-1 win in Bray for three points on Friday night,” said Horgan speaking to the Democrat on Tuesday afternoon and following Monday night’s FAI Cup third round draw.

Harps have been drawn away from home against Dundalk in Oriel Park.

“It is the worst possible draw we could have got but we are going to have to get on with it against one of the top Premier Division teams,” said the Harps boss.

“The only good thing about the draw is that we will get a cut of the gate and they do get reasonable crowds in Oriel Park.

“We have to be realistic up against a full time squad and one of the top teams in the country. Our focus remains on Friday night’s game against Athlone.

“We only drew down there the last time we played them and we were lucky they did not turn us over.

“Michael O’Connor scored in the second half to get us out of jail that night and they, if anything, have got stronger since.

“There will be nothing easy in Athlone on Friday night and we have to be ready for that; we can think about Dundalk the following Friday night afterwards.

“But being totally honest our focus is going to be on the last three league games - UCD away, Galway United at home and Cabinteely at home in the last game.

“They are all big games and are the games we will be concentrating on over the next few weeks.”

Horgan has his usual quota of injury concerns ahead of tomorrow night’s game.

Ciaran Coll, Mark Coyle and Nathan Boyle are all on the treatment table this week.

“It is no different than any other week, we have our fair share of knocks and bruises and we will not know who is available until later in the week.

“Ciaran is struggling with a knee injury. Mark is not fully fit, he went on against Bray and we had to take him off again and Nathan is struggling with a hamstring injury.”

Harps are in pole position for one of the three play-off positions with four games to go. And bar a major collapse in the remaining four games they should secure one of those places.

It is now a matter of whether it is second, third or fourth place.