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Sunday 18 August 2019

Saints need to be in tune for Harps

Harry Kenny hopes that he’ll be smiling after the game against Finn Harps
Harry Kenny hopes that he’ll be smiling after the game against Finn Harps

Life at the bottom is a struggle for Finn Harps, but the Donegal club feel they can repeat their feat from earlier this season and frustrate St Patrick's Athletic once again.

Things have been unsettled at home for the Saints this term, just one win from the last four games at Richmond Park.

Boss Harry Kenny has been frustrated by recent form, including last week's 1-1 draw against Sligo Rovers.

"Mikey Drennan had chances, Cian Coleman had a couple of chances too. It wasn't to be our night in front of goals," he said.

"It wasn't our night in front of goal, but I was happy that we created a few chances and hopefully we can take them in the future."

They'd expect all three points against bottom side Harps this evening. But one of their disappointing nights on Emmet Road this term was against Harps, a 0-0 draw at the start of the season and Harps boss Ollie Horgan is keen for a repeat of that.

"We can't go back and change what has happened over the last four games, but we have a chance now to turn things around against Pat's tonight. That won't be easy but the lads have to step and try it make it happen. We did draw up there in the early stages of the season and it would be great to repeat that result," Horgan said

"We have the two-week break coming up after tonight so it would be great if we could produce a performance that would give everyone at the club boost for the restart of the league at the end of the month."

Meanwhile, Shelbourne are looking for a boost from their home support as they take on promotion rivals Drogheda United at Tolka Park tonight, Shels top of the table with Drogheda two places and two points behind.

"We want it to be intimidating for the opposition, you can't put into words how it affects them and drives us on, we want the size of the crowd to keep growing," Morris said, his side enjoying a five-game winning run which has booted hopes of automatic promotion and a return to the top flight.

"You have to respect everyone, and Drogheda are just a couple of points behind us so we have to be wary of them, they've got good attacking players scoring goals so we'll have prepared for their threats," Morris added.

"There's a lot more in us, I don't think we've hit where we can and when that happens we can punish teams, we've been creating a lot of chances and it's about finishing them."

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