Limerick FC were denied their first win of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division on Saturday at Jackman Park when Shamrock Rovers got a late goal to secure a 1-1 draw.
Captain Shane Duggan had given Limerick the lead in the first half but despite dominating the chances, Shamrock Rovers couldn’t find an equaliser until the 86th minute.
Brandon Miele popped up to the get Rovers goal but Limerick FC boss Martin Russell felt his side deserved their point against many people’s title favourites.
“It’s probably a point gained. They probably outnumbered us in terms of chances if we’re honest. I couldn’t ask more of the group. [Rovers] have assembled a strong squad, they’re in the top three so it’s a good point.
“I think we defended well. There was some heroic defending from individuals and as a unit we held our shape. I felt we didn’t make the best of our attacking play while we were on the counter. All in all, I think they probably felt they could have done more with their chances but for our efforts, I think we deserved a point.”
Limerick now face the side directly above them next week in Sligo Rovers and Russell believes they can take something from it once they repeat their efforts from Saturday night.
“The good thing about Sligo is that the pitch down there is decent, which I’m looking forward to playing on and if we can get the same effort and add a little bit of quality to our forward play, I’d like to think we can cause them problems.”
LIMERICK: Conor O’Donnell; Sean Harding, Aidan Price, Paudie O’Connor, Shane Tracy; Ian Turner (Darragh Rainsford, 73), Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor, Sean Russell; Vinny Faherty; Dean Clarke (Jason Hughes, 82).
SHAMROCK ROVERS: Craig Hyland; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, David O’Connor, Luke Byrne; Pat Cregg (Brandon Miele, 61), Ryan Brennan; Sean O’Connor (Danny North, 61), Keith Fahey, Gavin Brennan; Mikey Drennan.
REFEREE: Graham Kelly (Cork)