Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan said if his team are overtaken by Wexford Youths between now and the end of the season, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.
The two clubs meet this Friday night at Ferrycarrig Park where Harps know that a draw would probably be good enough to secure their Premier Division status for another season.
A Wexford win however, and it’s squeeky bum time.
Harps have two games left in the Premier Division, Wexford have one game more. The Leinster club’s game in hand is against a Cork City side who unfortunately for Harps, would appear to be out of the running for the title after Monday night’s loss at St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Horgan said this week, his team had played Cork probably a week too early.
“Maybe Wexford are going to be getting them at the right time,” he said.
Wexford travel to play Cork in a rearranged fixture next Monday night. Harps fans will be hoping that by that stage, Wexford might already be preparing themselves for a play-off against either Drogheda United or Cobh Ramblers.
Harps though, have more injury and suspension troubles ahead of Friday night.
Damien McNulty is suspended and will be a big loss. He has been filling in at centre half in recent games and with Keith Cowan injured, Horgan might well go with a Packie Mailey/Tommy McMonagle central defensive partnership.
Barry Molloy is an injury concern but Horgan was able to report some positive news on Sean Houston who sat out last Friday night’s game in Cork.
“Sean should be okay,” the manager said.
“He’s not 100 per cent fit, but he’ll be able to start.
“Listen, we’re down to the bare bones as it is. It’s just one of those things. We’ve got so many men out, I’m not sure how we’ll be fixed.
“But maybe that might not be a bad thing. We’ve been in these situations before where we’ve been down men but the team was able to dig in and put in a performance.”
Once again, Horgan is likely to dip into his U19 squad to bolster his options for Friday night.
“They've had a good season. They're a good side and they were very unlucky on Sunday. Some of those players deserve their chance.”
Asked about the possibility of the battle to avoid the drop going down to the last weekend, Horgan said it could well be the case.
“But we can’t be worrying about anyone else,” he said.
“We’ve got to look after ourselves and worry about our own game. We haven’t a great record in Wexford so now would be a good time to put that right.
“If we were to let it slip at this stage, we'll have nobody to blame but ourselves,” Horgan concluded.
Friday night's game at Ferrycarrig Park will kick off at 8pm.
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