Limerick maintain promotion push

Limerick FC maintained their push for promotion with a thrilling 2-1 win away to Shelbourne.

Limerick FC maintained their push for promotion with a thrilling 2-1 win away to Shelbourne.

Injury time goals from Paudie Quinn and the red hot Denis Behan helped Pat Scully’s side record a dramatic late victory over League leaders Shelbourne to keep the ‘Super Blues’ promotion push very much alive with just five series of regular season games to go.

Midfielder Rory Gaffney who was highly influential all night had a hand in both Limerick’s goals after Shels’ had taken the lead on 36 minutes through Philip Hughes. Gaffney’s in-swinging corner was headed past Dean Delany in 90th minute by Quinn to draw Limerick level.

Then - three minutes into added time – in-form striker Behan scored his seventh goal in six games and his second winner in stoppage time in succession.

Limerick now have 51 points, the same number as third-placed Cork City who have a game in hand on their Munster rivals as well as a superior goal-difference. Second-placed Monaghan boast one point more than Limerick and have two games in hand.

Limerick will seek another three points on Friday night when Wexford Youths visit Jackman Park (7.45pm).

And Limerick face Shelbourne in their delayed FAI Ford Cup quarter-final tie at Tolka Park on Monday October 3 at 8pm.

SHELBOURNE- Dean Delany, Gareth Matthews (Sean Byrne 78mins), Lorcan Fitzgerald, Andy Boyle, Stephen Paisley (Kevin Dawson half-time) , Ian Ryan, Colm James, David Cassidy, Conan Byrne, Brendan McGill; Philip Hughes.

LIMERICK FC - Barry Ryan, Pat Purcell, Peter White, Andrew Bhandarkar (Peter Hynes 81 mins, Dave O’Leary (Jeffrey Judge 73 mins), Joe Gamble, Paudie Quinn, Sean Kelly, Shane Tracy (Sean Brosnan 67 mins), Denis Behan, Rory Gaffney.

REF - Conor Fitzgerald.