The stakes in this weekend’s north-west derby between Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers have rarely been higher.

The blunt reality is that if either side loses they will edge even closer to the relegation trap door.

And both clubs are only too well aware that getting relegated could set them back years.

The flip side is that a victory would represent a huge boost and could be the springboard for survival. It really is a game that neither side can afford to lose, and consequently it would be no major surprise if the points are shared.

Indeed, Sligo Rovers come to Finn Park on Saturday on a six match unbeaten league run that has seen them win once and draw five times.

However, they haven’t played a league game since August 18 when they shocked Cork City with a 1-0 win at Turner’s Cross.

But they did play Falkirk in the Scottish Irn Bru Cup, losing out 2-1 at the Showgrounds.

Sligo have struggled since early in the season, and away from home they have managed to win just once in the league, and have scored only nine times while conceding 25.
Harps will move five points ahead of them if they can win.

But manager Ollie Horgan reckons that the Bit o’ Red have come on in recent weeks, and he is expecting a really tough game.

Kick-off at Finn Park on Saturday is 8.00 pm.

For more see this week's Letterkenny Post and Donegal Post.

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