Limerick FC set for Drogheda test

Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor
LIMERICK FC travel to Drogheda Utd this Friday for their first away game of the Airtricity League Premier Division and manager Stuart Taylor is looking to build on the positive showing against Cork City last weekend.

LIMERICK FC travel to Drogheda Utd this Friday for their first away game of the Airtricity League Premier Division and manager Stuart Taylor is looking to build on the positive showing against Cork City last weekend.

Taylor, who spent a season with Drogheda in 2002-2003, has many happy memories of his time with the Louth club but he knows they’ll provide a serious test for his side on Friday night.

“Everybody is absolutely buzzing - we’re on a high after the performance the other night even if we were a bit disappointed not to get the win,” said Taylor.

“We’ve taken a lot of confidence from the game and it’s good to get settled into life in the top division.

“But this is going to be a different test. We’re away from home, there’s going to be different dimensions to the pitch and they’re a very good side.

“They finished second last season so they will make it tough for us. But we want to play football like we did the other night and I’ve full belief in every player at the club that we can do that.”

Limerick will again be without the suspended Pat Purcell and Shaun Kelly while Jeffrey Judge (glandular fever) and Rory Gaffney (foot injury) aren’t expected to return for another couple of weeks.

Drogheda were beaten 1-0 away by St Pat’s in the opening round of fixtures last weekend but have been impressive in the Setanta Cup where they have marched into the semi-finals and were 2-1 winners over Derry City on Monday night.

Limerick FC are running a supporters bus to Drogheda on Friday, leaving Arthur’s Quay Park at 3.30pm Cost is €15 for adults and €10 for U-16s..2012 Members can text their name to book a seat. Non members will need to ring the club and can be contacted on 087-1862678. Names must be in by midday Wednesday.

Friday’s game kickstarts a busy period for Limerick as they entertain UCD in Thomond Park at 7.45pm on Tuesday next, March 19, and are away to champions Sligo Rovers next Saturday, March 23.