FINN HARPS’ SURVIVAL in the Premier Division could be secured tonight at Turner’s Cross – where Cork City will play Wexford Youths.
Ollie Horgan’s Harps will be at training while that game is ongoing, but they’re sure to be keeping close tabs on events by the Lee.
Friday’s 0-0 draw for Harps in Wexford means that Horgan’s side are almost safe, with Wexford now having to win their remaining two matches.
After tonigt’s game in Cork – which is their game in hand – they face Sligo Rovers on Friday night.[adrotate group=”80″]
Wexford must win in Cork tonight to stand any chance of catching Harps. Anything less and it will be Shane Keegan’s side – last season’s First Division champions – who will be heading into the play-off.
Horgan was at pains to point out on Friday, after his side battled for a draw at Ferrycarrig Park, that the end of season can throw up unlikely results at times. Cork’s title challenge ended last night when Dundalk’s 2-1 against Bohemians confirmed them as League champions.
Cork boss John Caulfield has confirmed that he will be drafting in Chiedozie Ogbene, Conor McCarthy and Cian Coleman from Cork’s Under-19s and the Rebels are missing the suspended quartet of Greg Bolger, Garry Buckley, Kenny Browne and Steven Beattie.
“With it being our last home game, we want to win in front of our own supporters,” Caulfield insisted.
“It is our last home game of the season. Wexford have to win to have any chance of avoiding the play-off, so it changes the type of game; normally Wexford would sit back and try to hit you on the counter-attack, but I expect it to be very open.
“We had a very good win on Friday night and, with both teams looking for a win, it should be an open and entertaining game.[adrotate group=”38″]
“We will be making a few changes and that’s good, because everyone is competing to see if they can make the cup final squad and it will give everyone an opportunity.
“We are trying to keep the squad fresh and give the lads who played 8 games in the last three and a half weeks a chance to recover, while giving game time to the lads coming in, so they can get up to full match fitness.”