Limerick FC go in to their final game of the season against Waterford United on Saturday knowing they must win to keep their promotion hopes alive.
The Super Blues are in fourth place, trailing Monaghan by one point and are relying on Athlone to do them a favour when they face Roddy Collins’ men, also on Saturday night.
Should Limerick win and Athlone take points off Monaghan, Pat Scully’s charges will finish in third place and secure a promotion play-off against Galway United, the bottom-placed side in the Premier League.
A hard-fought 1-0 win over Monaghan at Gortakeegan thanks to a sublime early goal from Paudie Quinn last week ensured the race for promotion would go right down to the last day.
Scully was delighted with his side’s performance and felt they were fully deserving of the three points.
“I thought we deserved to win the game and we were by far the better team. It was a difficult pitch to pass the ball on to any great degree. When we had to fight, the players did that. It was a really strong performance and a brilliant result for us,” Scully said.
Anything but a win Saturday will be insufficient and Scully is fully aware of this.
“We do need someone to drop points. That’s the harsh reality of it.
“(But) our focus will be completely on Waterford. If we don’t do our job on Saturday night, it won’t make any difference,” he added.