Quinn goal earns Limerick FC a share of the spoils

A late goal from Paudie Quinn earned Limerick FC a dramatic 1-1 draw with Shelbourne in Tolka Park on Friday night in the Airtricty League Division 1.

A late goal from Paudie Quinn earned Limerick FC a dramatic 1-1 draw with Shelbourne in Tolka Park on Friday night in the Airtricty League Division 1.

A late goal from Paudie Quinn earned Limerick FC a dramatic 1-1 draw with Shelbourne in Tolka Park in the Airtricty League Division 1.

It looked like Phily Hughes’ goal after 85 minutes had got Shels the win, only for Paudie Quinn to get a dramatic equaliser for Limerick a minute into stoppage time.

Limerick were fairly dominant for the opening ten minutes, restricting Shels to only two forays in the first 15 minutes of the match.

The Shannonsiders failed to really make their chances count though, and allowed Shels more of the ball as the match progressed.

Peter Hynes- a former Shels player- set up Jeffrey Judge to shoot marginally wide of the Shels goal after a quarter of an hour.

Dawson himself could have put Shels ahead just before the half hour mark- just failing to connect with a deep Conan Byrne cross.

The Reds weren’t their usual selves of late though- increasingly opting for long balls over short passing.

That effective Limerick pressing came nearly paid off when ex-Shels striker Peter Hynes forced a fine save out of his former teammate Dean Delany on 38 minutes, shooting for the top right corner from 30 yards out.

The Shels ‘keeper had to make a full-stretch save to deny Hynes the opening goal.

Limerick came into the match in the second half, with Pat Purcell spurning a great chance to score on 52 minutes.

The defender hit the ball wide of the post from right in front of the Shels goal after a well-taken corner by Shane Tracy.

After an hour of play Phily Hughes had another chance- his flick-on from a David Cassidy pass just falling over the Limerick crossbar. Substitute Stephen O’Flynn looked a threat for the Blues, and went close on 64 minutes- his long-range effort went wide in the end though.

The high-pressure style of play favoured by the Shannonsiders’ manager Pat Scully worked well- forcing Shels into using long balls to supply Phily Hughes up front.

With ten minutes remaining, Shels attempted to up the pressure up on their opponents, winning a succession of corners and free-kicks in dangerous areas.

Limerick were probably the better side on the night, but failed to take their chances.

They were made to pay for this with five minutes remaining, when after a good five-minute period of pressure, Phily Hughes shot low past Ryan from a very tight angle.

Limerick went in search of an equaliser straight away, and thanks to some awful Shels defending they got it a minute into injury time.

The ball was crossed into the Shels area, and after the home defenders missed two chances to clear it, Paudie Quinn hammered the ball past Dean Delany.