Scully fumes as Limerick FC miss out

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully insisted Monaghan United had not deserved to claim the promotion play-off spot in the First Division because two points from their tally had been awarded in the boardroom.

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully insisted Monaghan United had not deserved to claim the promotion play-off spot in the First Division because two points from their tally had been awarded in the boardroom.

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully insisted Monaghan United had not deserved to claim the promotion play-off spot in the First Division because two points from their tally had been awarded in the boardroom.

Limerick FC failed in their appeal against the awarding of a 3-0 win to Monaghan United last month after it was found that Finn Harps had fielded an ineligible player in their September 3 meeting which had finished 0-0.

Later Limerick FC chiefs expressed their disappointment that the appointed arbitrator could not hear their submissions regarding the awarding of the 3-0 win to Monaghan. Limerick FC insists it has a strong case and is extremely disappointed that the Arbitrator ruled that it was not within his remit to hear the case, thus dismissing the appeal.

Monaghan United finished one point ahead of Limerick at the end of the 30-game First Division season and, as a result, have booked a promotion play-off date with Galway United.

Following his side’s 3-0 win over Waterford United, a clearly angered Pat Scully said: “To me, Monaghan don’t deserve that play-off spot. They finished there because they were awarded two extra points which in this league is a regular occurrence. Shels’ are in a Cup final because of it as well. It keeps happening, keeps happening and keeps happening.

“We have such a professionally run club here. You have an owner like Pat O’Sullivan who is so honest and straight. We don’t deserve what has happened. But sometimes in society you don’t get what you deserve.

“We should be in the play-off on (this) Tuesday night. They talk about professionalism and full-time football, but professional football is about doing things right and properly.

“I have to look at our players and they are absolutely devastated. Everyone is devastated. I cannot ask for anything more from them. They have done everything right. We have finished on 66 points.

“Monaghan should be two points behind us but because they were awarded two extra points, they aren’t. We lose out, but we don’t deserve to. But I’m getting used to that.

“If Monaghan don’t get those two points off Finn Harps, they finish fourth.

“I thought 66 points at the start of the season would win the League not to mind finish fourth. But we have lost out because of a mix-up which had nothing to do with us. That is devastating. It will take a while to get over, but what can you do?”