Sam Todd returns from suspension

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is expecting a really difficult game against Shelbourne this Friday night at Tolka Park (kick-off 7.45). Shels have drawn their last two games against UCD and Drogheda respectively which the Harps boss says were decent results against the leaders and a side that is third in the table.

Harps are second in the table and two points ahead of Shels so this is a big game for the two teams. “Listen we’re very happy to get six points from the two games over last weekend against Drogheda and Galway. People probably didn’t expect us to get the better of Galway when you consider that we had to make more or less five enforced changes from the Drogheda game. Towards the end of the Galway game we would have settled for a draw but then Jesse {Devers} got a terrific goal to win it for us. I suppose the ‘rub of the green’ went our way over the weekend” Horgan said.

The Harps boss has pointed to the fact that Shelbourne were just the matter of a few minutes from defeating leaders UCD last Friday night. “I think that shows the standard that Shelbourne are at because they led for most of the second half against the top team in the division UCD until Gary O’Neill got an equalizer for them in the 90th minute. They are right up there and have a lot of experience that will be a big test for our younger lads. The likes of their keeper Dean Delaney, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Derek Prendergast and David Sullivan are good players” Horgan said.

Harps have now won four games on the trot but Horgan has warned that his players cannot dwell on that recent good run. “We have to have our heads right for tomorrow night because this is a very good Shelbourne side. There will be more pressure on them to deliver at home and we need to be up for that challenge. Concentration from the start is key as we need settle quickly as Shels is going to come at us.”

Sam Todd and Michael O’Connor return from suspension after both missed the Galway game but Mark Timlin (hamstring) won’t be fit. Horgan has concerns over both Paddy McCourt and Ciaran Coll. McCourt played short spells in the last two games but Horgan says the Derry man badly needs a break in order to fully recover from the injury. Gareth Harkin, Liam Walsh and Adam Duffy remain on the absentee list due to knee problems.

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Injured: Gareth Harkin, Liam Walsh, Mark Timlin, Adam Duffy

Doubtful: Paddy McCourt, Ciaran Coll

Suspended: None

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