PROMOTION-chasing Limerick FC will be hoping to make it three wins in League and Cup competition in seven days when the Blues host Mervue United in a crunch Airtricity League First Division tie at Jackman Park this Friday night.
On the back of a dramatic 3-2 away League win over Wexford on Friday night last and a 5-0 EA Sports Cup quarter-final thumping of Monaghan United on Tuesday, fourth-placed Limerick will be confident of picking up full points against an improving Mervue side.
Limerick FC manager, Pat Scully says his players must maintain the performance level achieved in their runaway win over a depleted Monaghan United outfit. A win for Limerick will ensure the Blues make up ground on at least one of the top two sides in the First Division, Shelbourne and Monaghan, who go head-to-head at Gortakeegan.
Pat Scully said: “It is going to be a tough game against Mervue on Friday night. They are very much improved. The most important thing for us is to play at our ‘A’ level, our ‘A’ tempo. We did that against Monaghan. When we perform to that level we always have a good chance of winning. If we do our business against Mervue, we will make up ground on one or both of the sides ahead of us in the table. It is nice to get to get to the semi-final of the EA Sports Cup. We played a lot of young players on Tuesday night, who did really well. Young Stephen McGann is only 17. We had a couple of guys playing who are only 18. Barry Sheedy has only been at the club three or four weeks and I felt he worked really hard up front.
“I know we brought in a couple of big signings (Denis Behan and Joe Gamble) in the last couple of weeks, but that shouldn’t understate the work we have done with the youth structures. We have got some fantastic young players coming through. Jeffrey Judge getting a hat-trick against Monaghan was great to see. He is a high energy player, gets into good positions and that will do his confidence the world of good.”
Following Friday’s game Limerick have a break from League action until Saturday, July 16 when they face Athlone Town.
Limerick FC v Mervue Utd
Date: Friday, July 1
Venue: Jackman Park