Limerick’s Lynch delighted to be a Blue after Scottish odyssey

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC's returned midfielder Lee J Lynch in action against Josh O'Shea, of Cork City, in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash last season
LIMERICK FC midfielder Lee J Lynch says their resilient squad is being rewarded for keeping faith in their belief that an upturn in fortunes wasn’t far away.

LIMERICK FC midfielder Lee J Lynch says their resilient squad is being rewarded for keeping faith in their belief that an upturn in fortunes wasn’t far away.

Basement side Limerick FC have given themselves a shot at avoiding relegation from the Premier Division following back-to-back home victories over Sligo Rovers and Bohemians. The Blues now trail second-from-bottom Sligo by four points in the Premier Division table.

Bottom side Limerick travel to Cork City on this Friday before facing Longford Town at Markets Field on Monday, 7.45pm.

Lynch, who rejoined Limerick from Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical, has impressed since rejoining the Blues last month.

Lynch said: “The belief in the side has always been there. I had watched a few of their home games before I rejoined and they just weren’t getting the rub of the green. Things weren’t just going right.

“It is a very young squad. Sometimes you have to step up to the plate a little bit earlier than usual. Instead of getting 10 minutes at the end of games, a lot of them are getting 90 minutes. If they want to play at the highest level in this country that is what they have to do. They have to step up to the plate.

“The boys have kept the faith and they are getting their rewards for it now after two wins in a row. Hopefully we can push on from there.”

Lynch says he is taking a positive from his short time at Scottish side Hamilton Academical when a sudden change of manager resulted in him leaving the club earlier than anticipated.

Lynch said: “That is just football being honest. I have a good footballing family behind me. My uncles Barry, Tommy, my grandfather as well. That happens. I signed an 18-month contract and was in the door a month and Alex (Neil) unfortunately got the call from Norwich to go and he is not going to turn it down.

“I can take the confidence that a manager that is now managing in the Premier League signed me and I know I would have played under him. The manager at Hamilton at the moment Martin Canning, we just didn’t see eye to eye. We had different philosophies on football. Everyone around Limerick knows the way I like to pay football. If it is not an expansive game I am not going to be able to showcase my talents.

“At the end of the day I am only 23. I still believe and still have aspirations to go back again (cross channel) or to Europe where maybe the game might suit me a lot more.

“But I am taking a positive from it. I think people can see here that I am not one bit down about it. That is just football and the way things go. The opportunity was amazing.

“I think I had the best form of my career last season at Limerick under Martin with the way we played since I came from Pat’s. We are at the bottom of the table now. I set goals myself, but I haven’t done any of that this year. I am looking to get the club safe with the other lads and get back enjoying it.”