O’Conorexpects tense evening

Taking a 1-0 lead into the deciding promotion/relegation game at Finn Park tonight, Limerick have doubts over their forward trio of Ian Turner, Dean Clarke and Vinny Faherty, all of whom picked up knocks in Monday’s first leg.

O’Conorexpects tense evening

Reflecting on the sensational atmosphere in a sold-out Markets Field and the desire not to let their advantage slip tonight, midfielder Paul O’Conor says: “It felt like Limerick football was really alive and well so we want to make sure we finish the job now. There was always that motivation, once we managed to make the play-off after doing what we’ve done, not to throw it all away through complacency or through letting ourselves down at the last hurdle through being silly.

“It’s going to be a tough atmosphere in Finn Park, I think. But they’re going to have to come out now because they know they’re 1-0 down. They won’t be able to defend as much as they did in the first game. That will draw them out a bit more which will hopefully favour us.”

Harps boss Ollie Horgan accepts that, even with home advantage, his side have it all to do.

“The Limerick result could have been a lot worse on the amount of chances that they created,” he says. “We have to score and try to keep a clean sheet, something that very few Premier Division teams have achieved against Limerick recently.”

For Harps, Nathan Boyle looks to be out as he exacerbated a hamstring problem on Monday night, while Kevin McHugh, who was unable to play in the first leg, remains a major doubt. Meanwhile the walking wounded of Raymond Foy and Damien McNulty will be assessed nearer tonight’s 7.45pm kick off in Ballybofey.

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