LIMERICK FC face Waterford United at the Regional Sports Centre this Friday night as they look to bounce back from the disappointing loss to fellow promotion hopefuls Monaghan United.
Currently sitting in 4th place, three points behind Monaghan and Cork City, a win is vital for Limerick as they bid to keep the pressure on their promotion rivals.
Manager Pat Scully is pleased with how the season has gone so far and was keen to stress that it’s still all to play for in the promotion stakes.
“To me, I think the players have done great, we’re in contention for where we want to get to and it’s just important people focus on what they have to do now. If we do that, I think we can finish the season strongly.
“The most important part of the season is coming up now. We just need to settle everyone down. We’ve got 11 games left in the league and we’re still in contention, nothing is decided yet,” he said.
Friday night’s game is against opposition Limerick have defeated on both occasions this season - each time on a 1-0 scoreline - but Scully is not taking anything for granted.
“It’s never easy going to Waterford, we know it’s going to be a tough match. They’re a decent team, we know it won’t be easy and we’ll be prepared for that. Once we play well and work hard, I think we’re more than capable of going down and getting a result there.”
The ‘Super Blues’ will be without Joe Gamble and Jeffrey Judge, who are both suspended, but the squad has been bolstered by the recent acquisition of Rory Gaffney from Mervue United.
Looking back on the Monaghan defeat, Scully feels the match was a missed opportunity.
“I really felt if we had won the other night we would have had a great chance of catching Shels, but there’s nothing decided yet.
“I thought we started the game really well. The first half an hour we completely took control of the match and passed the ball very well.
“But we didn’t test their goalkeeper enough or create enough chances.
“We dominated the game but the killer was the (first) goal. It was just a really bad goal to give away. I thought in the second half our quality let us down.
“We worked hard but just didn’t create enough chances.”