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Monday 5 December 2016

Finn Harps wary of in-form Blues as they push for promotion to Premier Division

17 September 2014; Ollie Horgan, Finn Harps manager. FAI Ford Cup Quarter-Final Replay, Finn Harps v Avondale United. Finn Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
17 September 2014; Ollie Horgan, Finn Harps manager. FAI Ford Cup Quarter-Final Replay, Finn Harps v Avondale United. Finn Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

OLLIE Horgan admits that his Finn Harps side face a very stiff test in their bid to win promotion to the Premier Division.

Harps overcame UCD 3-1 over two legs to earn a play-off against Limerick, the first leg in the Markets Field tonight (7.45).

Limerick avoided automatic relegation - Drogheda United are the side who went down - and kept up their recent run of form with Friday's defeat of Sligo Rovers, a fact which makes Horgan wary ahead of the away leg.

"Limerick are the form team of all the teams in the Premier Division at the moment," said Harps boss Horgan, who has a number of injury worries for tonight's trip south.

"It wasn't the tie we were looking for but when you are 1-0 down in a game, we are just glad to be still in the play-offs. We might only be hanging on by a thread though with the standard that Limerick play at and also their full-time training," he added.

Limerick manager Martin Russell admitted his relief after the Blues avoided automatic relegation but he said the celebrations after Friday's win over Sligo were ended quickly.

"Friday was an amazing night but we have to remember that we still have a job to do, we have to get the bodies right and get focused for tonight's game," said Russell.

"We have to try and put in the level of performance to give us a win to take into the away leg. We will play in a positive fashion, as we did last Friday, but we believe in ourselves. Harps have had a good season under Ollie Horgan and we will give them every respect," added the Dubliner.

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