Limerick FC’s winning run is ended in Cork

John Redington

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John Redington

LIMERICK FC’s unbeaten start to the new Airtricity First Division season came to a shuddering halt at Turner’s Cross on Friday night when Cork City emerged victorious on a 1-0 scoreline.

LIMERICK FC’s unbeaten start to the new Airtricity First Division season came to a shuddering halt at Turner’s Cross on Friday night when Cork City emerged victorious on a 1-0 scoreline.

LIMERICK FC’s unbeaten start to the new Airtricity First Division season came to a shuddering halt at Turner’s Cross on Friday night when Cork City emerged victorious on a 1-0 scoreline.

Limerick FC, missing up to half a dozen first choice players through injury and suspension for the Munster derby, were undone by Derek O’Brien’s goal mid-way through the opening half.

The defeat heightens the importance of Limerick FCs fixture with Longford Town at Jackman Park on Friday night (7.45pm) when Pat Scully’s men will look to re-ignite their promotion push.

Limerick travelled to Cork without Dave Ryan, ruled out for 8 to 10 weeks with a fractured foot; Garry Sheahan who is set to miss 16 to 20 weeks as a result of a broken leg and Thomas Lyons who is expected to be out for a month with strained ankle ligaments. The Blues also had three players suspended for the game at Turner’s Cross, Pat Purcell, Stephen O’Flynn and Corey Treacy.

Limerick manager Pat Scully signed the experienced Sean O’Connor from Shamrock Rovers in the days leading up to the game to help bolster his attacking options.

Scully explained: “Due to our injury and suspension situation myself the board have been looking at the possibility of signing another attacking player. We are delighted to announce that Sean O’Connor has signed a deal with the club. Sean is a quality player and will be a great addition to the club after spending the last 3 seasons with Shamrock Rovers.”

Limerick started in promising fashion at Turner’s Cross, with Peter Hynes leading the line, and the former Sporting Fingal striker hooked an inviting cross wide in the first minute, before curling a tame effort straight into the grasp of Mark McNulty soon after.

It took Cork more time to settle down. Despite some neat passages of play in the middle, they didn’t threaten Limerick ‘keeper Barry Ryan until they broke the deadlock on 18 minutes.

O’Brien, making his first start for the Leeside club, raced down the left wing, before easing his way past a challenge and firing a low effort towards the near post. Barry Ryan did his utmost to stop the strike with his foot, but his deflection saw the ball screw into the air and into the net.

Cork could have doubled the lead when O’Neill picked out Morrissey inside the area on 34 minutes.

The midfielder remained composed, taking the ball down, before shooting three or four inches wide, leaving the crowd of 2,165 with their heads in their hands.

New signing Seán O’Connor was introduced by the away team with twenty minutes to go.

Limerickman Shane Duggan almost wrapped up the points on 73 minutes for City, but as his shot looked to be heading for the far corner of the goal Brian McCarthy was on hand to block the attempt.

Limerick sent centre-back Brian O’Callaghan up front for the last ten minutes – showing up the lack of options at Limerick’s disposal due to a mini-injury crisis.

The visitors’ best attempt came from a Judge header which flew wide of the post. It was the closest they came to beating McNulty in the Cork goal.