Scully pleased as Limerick FC take well-earned rest

Liam Togher talks to Limerick FC boss Pat Scully as his side go into the mid-season break after just one point off the top of the table

Liam Togher talks to Limerick FC boss Pat Scully as his side go into the mid-season break after just one point off the top of the table

Limerick FC manager Pat Scully praised his team’s work rate in Saturday night’s 2-0 victory away to league leaders Longford Town, a result which leaves the Shannonsiders just one point off the top going into the mid-season break

Two first half goals from Denis Behan secured three priceless points for Limerick and Scully said the victory was “symptomatic” of their recent form, which has seen them win four league matches in a row since going down to Waterford United at the end of April.

“The result was symptomatic of the month we’ve had. We’ve been really focused over the last four or five weeks and Saturday night was a direct result of that,” said the manager.

He added: “The players worked tremendously hard for the win. We were dominant in the first half and Denis got two fantastic goals. We caused them all sorts of problems up front.

“In the second half we began to sit back and be patient. It was important to keep it tight and we did that. It was a well-deserved three points for us.

Scully did not agree with the dismissal of Stephen Bradley for his second yellow card, but he was keen to praise his entire team for their efforts at Flancare Park.

“I thought the red card for Stephen was unbelievably harsh, but we kept two lads up front and nearly caught them on the break a couple of times.

“Barry Ryan made some brilliant saves for us and everyone played really well on the night. The whole team deserves credit for the performance and it’s a great way to go into the break.”

Manager Scully is satisfied with Limerick’s season to date and believes their recent form has been of the standard he expects from his players.

“We’ve won 10 of our 13 league games so far, although we’ve been very sloppy in the games we’ve lost.

“Maybe in pre-season we didn’t quite meet the standards we would have hoped for, but over the last five weeks we’ve been more up to the standards we’d expect.

“It’s important that the players look after themselves and maintain the standards that they’ve set for the rest of the season.”

Limerick now have a break until June 22, when they take on Wexford Youths at home, and the manager said that the hiatus in domestic action could be beneficial to the team.

“We can’t do anything about the break. It was set down at the start of the season and we have to accept it.

“It might be what we need at the moment because we’ve been unlucky with injuries, but hopefully the time off will mean we have Joe Gamble, Dominic Foley and Derek O’Brien back in the side.”

Scully insists that finishing top of Airtricity League Division One remains the target for the second half of the season, regardless of how it is achieved.

“Our long-term target is to win the league. Whether you do so with four games left or two games left or two minutes left, it doesn’t make a difference as long as you win it at the end.

“But we need to be focused every single week. It’s important that we come back from the break in good condition for the rest of the season.”