GUTSY Limerick FC boosted their survival hopes in the Premier Division after scoring a famous 3-2 victory over title-chasing Cork City before an attendance of 3,018 at Turners Cross on Friday night.
Resilient Limerick made it three wins on the bounce in the top flight to end City’s 12-game unbeaten league run as well as denting Cork’s title hopes.
Despite this stunning success, Martin Russell’s side remain four points behind second-from-bottom Sligo Rovers in the table as the ‘Bit ‘o’ Red’ won 4-0 at Drogheda.
However, Limerick’s win does pull the Blues to within seven points of three sides in the table, Galway Utd, Derry City and Drogheda Utd.
Limerick host Longford Town in a crucial Premier Division fixture at the Markets Field on Monday night, 7.45pm.
Limerick, who had been thumped 5-0 on their previous league visit to Leeside this season, took a deserved lead after just seven minutes as the in-form Vinny Faherty fired home from 20 yards. Cork scored a fortunate equaliser when substitute Ross Gaynor’s cross flew past goalkeeper Freddy Hall.
Martin Russell’s charges were playing with great confidence and deservedly went in front on 36 minutes when Dean Clarke finishing from close range.
Cork substitute John O’Flynn had Cork level before the hour mark but a 65th-minute header from Paudie O’Connor won the match for the Blues.
Cork City have won the last five league games between the sides, scoring twelve and conceding just once in those games.
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; Colin Healy, Alan Bennett, Dan Murray, Kevin O’Connor; Karl Sheppard, John Dunleavy (Ross Gaynor), Liam Miller, Gary Buckley, Steven Beattie; Mark O’Sullivan (O’Flynn half-time)
LIMERICK FC: Freddy Hall; Paul O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Paudie O’Connor, Shane Tracey; Ian Turner, Shane Duggan, Lee Lynch, Dean Clarke (Darragh Rainsford 90); Sean Russell (Prince Agyemang 80); Vinny Haherty.
REFEREE: Dave McKeon (Dublin)