LIMERICK FC FELL to their fifth straight Premier Division defeat at the hands of Derry City – losin 3-0 to Kenny Shiels’ men.
Tommy Barrett made three changes from the side that picked up a crucial three points in Bray last Friday. Billy Dennehy missed out through suspension while Shane Tracy reported ill and Shaun Kelly took a knock to his knee. In their places came Alan Murphy, Tony Whitehead and Karl O’Sullivan.
The Blues started the brighter in this one and Shane Duggan was guilty of spurning a huge chance inside the opening minute. Karl O’Sullivan crossed to the Blues skipper who fired over from near the penalty spot.
Despite their dominance, they would ultimately pay the price with the last action of the half. Rory Hale found rare space in behind Eoin Wearen and played a delicious ball into the feet of Rory Patterson. The veteran striker made no mistake – firing past Clarke into the far corner.
Limerick hadn’t lost five consecutive home Premier Division games in over 25 years but that record was under threat at the break.
The Blues huffed and puffed but couldn’t find the elusive equaliser – before two quick Aaron McEneff goals in the final minutes added gloss the score for the visitors.
Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Kilian Cantwell, Killian Brouder, Tony Whitehead, Alan Murphy (Mark O’Sullivan 71, 5); Conor Clifford, Eoin Wearen (Barry Maguire 83, 5); Karl O’Sullivan, Shane Duggan, William Fitzgerald; Danny Morrissey.
Derry City: Ger Doherty; Darren Cole (Conor McDermott, 64), Gavin Peers, Eoin Toal, Jack Doyle; Nicky Low, Aaron McEneff; Jamie McDonagh, Rory Hale (Ben Doherty, 86), Ronan Curtis (Ronan Hale 76, 5); Rory Patterson.
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)