A DRAMATIC stoppage time goal from Jason Hughes helped Limerick FC rescue a precious point against UCD in a 1-1 draw in the Airtricity League Premier Division at UCD Bowl this Friday night.
Midfielder Hughes finished superbly past UCD netminder Conor O’Donnell with a powerful shot from inside the box in the second minute of injury time to save Limerick for their third defeat of the season.
Limerick had fallen behind to a 55th minute goal from Tomas Boyle, who headed in from Benson’s free-kick.
Limerick, still without a win after five series of games, moved above Sligo Rovers on goal difference and into 10th place in the Premier Division table, with their third draw of the campaign.
Manager Stuart Taylor made two changes to the team that started the defeat at home by Drogheda United a week earlier, as Prince Agyemang came in for his full debut and Robbie Williams returned from injury.
Next up for Limerick in the Premier Division is a crucial tie with leaders Cork City at Thomond Park this Monday night at 7.45pm.
UCD - Conor O’Donnell, Michael Barker (Gareth Matthews 87), Tomás Boyle, Hugh Douglas, Mark Langtry, Chris Mulhall, Robbie Creevy, Robbie Benson ©, Ayman Ben Mohamed (Colm Crowe 60), Dean Clarke, Cillian Morrison (Dwayne Wilson 89). Unused Subs: Mark McGinley (GK), James Kavanagh, Gary Burke, Samir Belhout.
LIMERICK FC - Barry Ryan, Patrick Nzuzi, Samuel Oji, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy, Prince Agyemang (Craig Curran 52), Shane Duggan ©, Jason Hughes, James McGrath (Tam McManus 77), Rory Gaffney. Unused Subs: Shane Cusack (GK), Garbhán Coughlan, Tony Whitehead, Darragh Rainsford, Barry Sheedy.
REFEREE - Dave McKeon (Meath).