“Our head-to-head record means nothing” – Horgan wary of Shel’s threat

Finn Harps’ two wins over Shelbourne this season will mean nothing when the sides meet on Friday, according to Harps manager Ollie Horgan.

Arps sit just above bottom UCD and have won two of 21 games so far. Shels is currently seventh, sandwiched between neighbors Bohemians and Drogheda United. Damien Duff’s side struggled early in the season, which many expected as the club made 15 signings. Horgan admits Shelbourne has now made strides in the campaign.

“Our head-to-head record means nothing,” said Horgan.

“One look at the table is enough to see the task ahead of us. Shelbourne has already had some big wins this season and was probably unlucky to not take it last time on the showgrounds.

“They made their move while we’re still trying to put together some consistency and most importantly points on the board. I felt we did well against Shamrock Rovers last week, but morale wins won’t do us any good if we want to stay in the division.”

Harps won at Ballybofey when the teams last met. But after that defeat, Shelbourne went on to an impressive four-game winning streak before champions Shamrock Rovers brought the Reds back to earth. Sean Boyd has made a big impression since arriving at Drumcondra, scoring six goals, while winger Shane Farrell has three goals and three assists to his credit.

“I think we’ve steadily improved throughout the season,” said Duff ahead of the duel at Tolka Park.

“Ollie Horgan will come here believing they can win and rightly so, but we have to stand up for it. I hope we can put in a performance and the three points for the fans.

Training has been good this week and although the results have been somewhat disappointing I have a feeling the lads are in good form and we’re looking forward to the game.”

The Drumcondra side are winless in the last four and have yet to beat Harps this season. Ollie Horgan’s side have dropped points from St Patrick’s Athletic and Derry in recent weeks and will be conceding the same chances tonight. Croatian striker Filip Mihaljevic will be the center of attention. He has scored three goals this season, as have Eric McWoods and Conor Tourish.

Mark Coyle returns for Shelbourne from injury but they will be without Daniel Hawkins and Sean McSweeney. David Webster is out injured for Finn Harps while McWoods and Ryan Rainey are also doubtful.

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