Winless Limerick FC target Hoops success

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC manager Martin Russell
DEFIANT Limerick FC manager Martin Russell insists the Blues’ first league win of the season is not far away.

DEFIANT Limerick FC manager Martin Russell insists the Blues’ first league win of the season is not far away.

Martin Russell’s charges - without a win in their opening 9 top flight fixtures this season - face a glamour home league tie against Shamrock Rovers at Jackman Park this Saturday, 6.30pm.

Basement side Limerick currently prop up the Premier Division table on three points, three points behind second-from-bottom Galway United and four adrift of both Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers.

While Limerick FC have conceded 23 goals in their opening nine games, the Shannonsiders have managed to score just seven goals.

Russell said he was encouraged by Limerick’s display against Derry on Monday night when the home side played for much of the opening half, only to conceded two goals before half-time.

Russell said: “We will look to improve all aspects of the game starting with (Shamrock) Rovers on Saturday.

“We need a run of wins. We are capable of it. They will come. The Derry performance is an indicator that it is going to happen. As competitive as we were against Derry, you would like to think that on another night, the chances we created, will go in. They won’t be blocked on the line.

“Listen, we will keep working hard. There is still a long way to go. We still have to play the teams around us on a number of occasions still.

“We will dust ourselves down from the Derry game. Everyone is still hurting because we feel we didn’t get the reward our efforts deserved. Come Shamrock Rovers on Saturday - a big club in Irish football. I know the group will want to do well against them. We are looking forward to it.

“I believe the group we have can win games in the league. You are always looking to progress and bring in better quality when you can.”