LIMERICK FC will be seeking a fourth win in five outings under Martin Russell tonight, Monday, when Derry City visit Thomond Park for a crucial Airtricity League Premier Division tie, 7.45pm.
Limerick quickly bounced back from their narrow defeat to Dundalk with an impressive win over reigning champions Saint Patrick’s Athletic a week ago.
Limerick FC will bid to record a third straight home win this Monday night, having put together back-to-back 4-1 successes over Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers earlier this month.
However, Russell has warned his players will not have it easy against Derry, in what is a rearranged league game after the original fixture in July was postponed due to Derry’s European involvement.
The Candystripes enter the game having lost their last three Premier Division outings. But with Peter Hutton having overseen a four-game winning streak prior to that, Russell is aware of the challenge facing his team.
“Since Peter (Hutton) took over, Derry have been playing some good football and winning games along the way, so we know we will have to be at the top of our form to get the three points,” Martin Russell said.
“We want to try to keep our home form going, but we’ll have to continue as we have been recently. It’s a competitive league and we want to try to get as high as possible in the table.
“We have Derry and Drogheda at home this week. Monday is not an easy challenge but we’ll be looking to get ahead of them in the table by winning the game, which would move us into the top half.”
Limerick have won three of their last four games while at home they have taken 12 of the last 15 points available – their only defeat at Thomond Park in that period came in the final minute against Bohemians on 4 July.
Derry, meanwhile, ended their losing run by overcoming Malahide United in the FAI Cup Last 16 at The Brandywell on Friday night, thanks to second-half goals from Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy and Philip Lowry.
In the Premier Division, they have lost to Shamrock Rovers, Cork City and Drogheda United on their last three outings, without scoring. Their last league win came at home to Bohs’ on a 4-0 scoreline on 1 August.