Limerick FC are still looking for their first league win of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign after they lost 6-2 to Dundalk in Oriel Park on Friday evening.
Martin Russell’s side remain six points adrift at the foot of the table - and have two huge home games coming up against Bray Wanderers, the side directly above them, and Galway Utd.
Limerick were 3-0 down at half time as Dundalk took the lead with a Stephen O’Donnell goal after four minutes and extended their advantage thanks to strikes from Brian Gartland and Dave McMillan.
McMillan added a fourth nine minutes into the second half and although Sean Harding got Limerick off the mark in the 59th minute, Dundalk struck back within five minutes with Gartland getting his second.
Shane Duggan made it 5-2 with 20 minutes left on the clock and Limerick had a chance to make it 5-3 only for Shane Tracy to see his penalty well saved by Gary Rogers. Dundalk then finished on a high when they got a sixth courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from Tony Whitehead.
Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Stephen O’Donnell (Chris Shields 60), Richie Towell; Darren Meenan, Ronan Finn, Daryl Horgan (81); David McMillan (John Mountney 69). Subs not used: Paddy Barrett, Shane Grimes, Kurtis Byrne, Gabriel Sava (GK).
Limerick FC: Conor O’Donnell; Sean Harding (Tony Whitehead 86), Aidan Price, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Jason Hughes (Ross Mann 62), Sean Russell, Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor, Darragh Rainsford (Vinny Faherty 62); Dean Clarke.
Subs not used: Val Feeney, Prince Agyemang, Kieran Hanlon, Ali Abass (GK).