Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan says his side will have to peak performance wise in order to get the better of Limerick F.C. in tomorrow night’s second leg of the Promotion/Relegation play-off at the Markets Field (kick-off 7.45). Harps do have that 1-0 lead from the first leg in Ballybofey but Horgan insists that is unlikely to be enough for his team to secure a place in the Premier Division next season.
“We have to be positive from the start tomorrow night as a 1-0 lead won’t be enough for us to come out on top over the two legs unless Limerick are completely off their game. I don’t expect that to happen. Tommy Barrett and his players will be quite confident that they can turn it around in their favour. As I said after the game on Monday night they will be disappointed not to have got at least a draw.
Horgan spoke about the quality in the Limerick team despite poor season. “Look it’s all to play for but we really have to peak tomorrow night at the Markets Field and hope that Limerick don’t produce their best form because if they do we could be in big trouble. The likes of Barry Maguire and Shane Duggan showed their quality at Finn Park. Limerick’s ball control, passing and movement was very good and we really struggled against them. There is no doubt about it that we were very lucky to get the win.”
The Harps boss says he would have taken this position at the start of the season to be in with a chance of promotion on the final day of the season. “I said before the season started that I would settle to be still in contention on the final day of the season and that is the way it has turned out. Our lads are ready to give it their best shot and hopefully they can deliver on that. There are some players with niggles, knocks and sore bodies after the first leg so we’ll see how that goes with the quick turnaround. We got a bit of luck on Monday night but more will be needed in the second leg. It’s a long journey but hopefully there will be a good support down from Donegal because we will need that backing to give us an extra boost away from home. We have a 1-0 lead but Limerick a Premier Division side has home advantage so that is the scale of the challenge we must rise to in order to get the right result tomorrow night” Horgan said.
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