Finn Harps are back in league action tomorrow night against reigning Premier Division champions Dundalk on their home turf at Oriel Park (kick-off 8.00). Harps' three game winning run in the league will come under serious pressure at the home of a side who bowed out of the Europa League on Tuesday night . The hosts will be raging hot favourites to secure another win as they aim for back-to-back titles. There are 36 points between the two teams in the table, so it’s going to be a huge ask for Ollie Horgan’s men to take anything from the game.
Harps did have an encouraging draw against the Lilywhites in the second game of the season at Finn Park towards the end of February when Keith Cowan put the home side in front before the break but Dundalk secured a share of the spoil courtesy of big Brian Gartland. However, in the other two Premier matches, it’s been Vinny Perth’s outfit that has come out on top. It was 3-0 at Oriel Park in the middle of April and it was the same scoreline in Ballybofey at the beginning of June.
Horgan and his assistant Paul Hegarty have a massive task on their hands to somehow find a formula to even get a point against the reigning champions. “Dundalk are a serious team who have played in the Champions League and Europa League in the last month. So that is the type of standard we have to try and match tomorrow night at Oriel Park. Our lads are realistic to know that it is going to take some performance from us and a lot of luck to even get a point against a side that is very well placed to win the Premier Division again. They have had a hectic schedule with the European and FAI Cup games but they will still see us as a huge chance to get closer to winning the league. We’ll have to hope that they are well below par for us to have a chance. But, all we can do is focus on trying to stick to our game plan and be switched on for the entire game. Dundalk are a full-time professional outfit and are able to rotate the squad and freshen things up when it needs to be done. We don’t have the same luxuries but we’re not complaining. Our lads would rather be going to Oriel Park tomorrow night than playing anywhere in the First Division” Horgan said.
In teams news goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher and young defender Michael Gallagher are injured. Keith Cowan is doubtful after missing the Shamrock Rovers game in Tallaght last Friday night.
Information for Harps fans traveling to Dundalk can be found HERE
Injured: Michael Gallagher, Ciaran Gallagher
Doubtful: Keith Cowan