FAI Cup the priority for Finn Harps

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Finn Harps return to a fruitful hunting ground of recent times as they face Longford Town at Flancare Park tomorrow evening. (Kick-off 7.30 p.m.)

Harps have taken seven points from nine against the side managed by Tony Cousins this season and have won on each of their last three visits to the midlands.

However, it’s Longford that need the result more so than Harps this weekend.

The long time leaders of the First Division have seen their form nose-dive since losing to Athlone Town right before the midpoint of the season.

They’ve taken just five points from their last seven league games and currently sit in third place, eight points off Athlone and four behind Waterford United.

Harps’ 3-2 loss against Cobh Ramblers last Saturday essentially confirmed their hopes of a place in the promotion play-off have ended.

However, a 4-0 FAI Cup third round replay victory at St Colman’s Park five nights’ beforehand means Harps have a quarter-final against Drogheda United to look forward to on Friday week.

Manager Peter Hutton used the second of those Cobh encounters to play some of the younger squad members and with one eye on Drogheda, that could be the plan again tomorrow.

“The focus is on the FAI Cup and Drogheda United but we have a difficult league game away to Longford and that will be good preparation for the week after and our cup quarter-final tie,” Hutton said.