LIMERICK FCs survival hopes in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League suffered a major blow on Saturday night when Martin Russell’s side suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Derry City before an official attendance of 2,647 at the Markets Field.
Limerick FC had the chance to move off the bottom of the table for the first time since April with a victory here. However, in truth the Blues were completely outplayed by an impressive Candystripes side who secured their top flight status for next season with this win.
Limerick FC remain two points behind second-from-bottom Drogheda Utd in the Premier Division table as a result of this defeat.
Two second half goals from Mark Timlin on 55 minutes and Barry McNamee seven minutes later secured a deserved victory for Derry.
Limerick who had taken 20 points from a possible 27 prior to kick-off were strangely lethargic and failed to match Derry’s impressive workrate.
The nearest Limerick came to scoring was after 17 minutes when Dean Clarke’s effort from Sean Russell’s through ball was saved at the near post by Derry ‘keeper Ger Doherty. From the resultant corner Paul O’Conor’s header was cleared off the line.
The Blues are back in Premier Division action a the Markets Field on Friday night with a make-or-break clash with Shamrock Rovers, 7.45pm. The game will be televised live on RTE2.
Limerick FC: Freddy Hall, Shaun Kelly, Patrick Kanyuka, Robbie Williams, Seán Russell, Shane Duggan (Capt), Paul O’Conor (Shane Tracy 59), Ian Turner (Darragh Rainsford 70), Lee-J Lynch, Dean Clarke, Vinny Faherty.
Derry City: Ger Doherty, Aaron Barry, Rob Cornwall, Ryan McBride (Capt), Dean Jarvis; Conor McCormack, Barry McNamee, Stephen Dooley, Patrick McEleney (Aaron McEniff 86), Mark Timlin, Mark Quigley (Ciaran O’Connor 68)
Referee: Jim McKell (Tipperary).