LIMERICK FC managerStuart Taylor is confident his newly assembled squad will be highly competitive in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League which kicks-off this weekend.
Limerick’s pre-season friendlies produced a mixed bag of results, but Blues manager Taylor expects his charges to give a very good account of themselves on the club’s return to the top flight.
Limerick FC play their first Premier Division fixture in 19 seasons when Cork City visit Thomond Park this Sunday evening at 5.15pm.
Cork City eased into the semi-finals of the Setanta Sports Cup on Monday night with an impressive 3-1 away victory over Crusaders in Belfast. City included former Limerick FC striker Denis Behan in their starting line-up following his return to Leeside during the closed season.
Limerick FC manager, Stuart Taylor said: “We will be competitive, no matter who we play against, we will be competitive. My players will give 100%. My backroom team staff will give 100%. That is all you can give.
“You can have a bad day at the office, sometimes you may not feel great, for whatever reason it may be, your passing maybe a little bit off, or your touch a little bit poor, that happens.
“No matter what industry you are in, you can have a bad day at the office. What you can guarantee is that you give 100%, that you work as hard as you can, concentrate as much as you can and give it your all for the cause – and that cause is to make this club as successful as it can be.
“We will wait and see what happens at the end of the season. We will set targets which we want to achieve as the season goes on. If we meet those we will be happy as a team and the supporters will be happy.
“I want the supporters to understand where we are coming from and what we are trying to achieve. We are all in it together.
“The supporters are massive for us. It has to be an intimidating place for people to come to.”
Limerick must plan without experienced central defender Pat Purcell and the exciting Shaun Kelly for Sunday’s game as both are serving suspensions which are carried over from the 2012 season.
Limerick FC have added a host of new faces to their squad ahead of the club’s return to the Premier Division. Recently, the club signed 21-year-old Scottish right back Jonathan Tiffoney who has represented his country at U-21 level and has previously played for Alloa Athletic and Ayr United.
Striker Axel Bossekota has joined the club from Motherwell after a recent trial period. The 23-year-old Belgian striker featured in a number of Limerick’s pre-season games. Axel joins Limerick after a period playing with Motherwell in Scotland
Versatile defender Robbie Williams also joined Limerick in recent weeks after making some 200 league appearances for clubs such as Barnsley, Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool.
Bus Eireann will operate a shuttle bus service from Dunnes Stores, Henry Street, to Thomond Park which will operate every 20 minutes from 3pm.