IN-FORM Limerick FC striker Vinny Faherty is confident that two wins in their upcoming home fixtures can secure a relegation play-off at least in the Blues battle for Premier Division survival.
Faherty fired a brace of goals to help Limerick FC secure a precious 3-1 victory over Galway Utd at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.
The victory moved the bottom-placed Blues to within just two points of both Drogheda Utd and Sligo Rovers and also to within three points of Galway United with now just three games to go.
Rejuvenated Limerick FC face Derry City in another crucial Premier Division fixture at the Markets Field on this Saturday evening, 6.30pm.
Up to 350 Limerick fans made the trip to Galway on Friday night for the crucial clash at Deacy Park and a bumper attendance is expected at the Markets Field for the visit of the sixth-placed Candystripes.
Vinny Faherty, who has now scored 11 goals this season, said: “It’s all been positive for senior soccer, even Ireland’s win over Germany. Rugby has been to the fore for the past while (with the World Cup). I won’t get too political, but I don’t think the FAI do much to promote the game in both ways, the marketing and every side is pretty poor.
“But look, it will be great for soccer next weekend, great for Limerick, but we just need to get the win.
“I think Dundalk can look after Galway on Friday night. I’d like to think they will beat Galway.
“I think if we take six points from our last three games we will get out of automatic relegation.
“We have Sligo away after the two home games with Derry and Shamrock Rovers. I watched Sligo’s game with Galway and no disrespect to them but I think we could beat them if we are on it. We need to be at it from here to the end of the season. We don’t have any room for complacency.”
Faherty recovered from missing a glorious opportunity to opening the scoring after a minute against Galway to scoring two crucial goals in the Blues 3-1 win.
“I had a very straight forward chance after a minute. I should have hit it harder. It was an unforgiveable miss and I wouldn’t have been sleeping tonight had we not won to be honest with you!
“The first goal I scored was instinct. It opened up and I put it in the far corner. The second goal was all down to Ian Turner, really.”