LIMERICK FC recorded their first win in five Premier Division fixtures when scoring a deserved 2-0 win over Shamrock Rovers at Thomond Park on Tuesday night.
Two smashing goals in either half, from Man of the Match Jason Hughes and Rory Gaffney, helped Stuart Taylor’s side pick up the three precious League points before an attendance of 933.
Limerick FC, playing their first game for 17 days, went in front after 11 minutes when midfielder Hughes volleyed superbly to the net from inside the Hoops penalty area.
Twenty two-year old Hughes rejoined Limerick FC this summer from local junior side, Ballynanty Rovers. The former Janesboro star has also enjoyed a spell in the League of Ireland with Athlone Town.
The closest Rovers came to netting an equaliser before half time arrived in the 34th minute when Lims goalkeeper Barry Ryan produced a terrific finger tip save to turn the ball Sean O’Connor’s well hit free-kick outside the post.
The home side wrapped up the points when Gaffney curled in a stunning second goal beyond the despairing dive of Barry Murphy mid-way through the second half.
Limerick FC face the second of three League games in six days at Oriel Park this Friday night against Dundalk (7.45pm).
LIMERICK FC – Barry Ryan, Robbie Williams, Stephen Folan, Samuel Oji, Dave O’Leary, Stephen Bradley, Rory Gaffney (Colm Murphy 87), Patrick Nzuzi, Craig Curran, Carel Tiofack (Axel Bossekota 54), Jason Hughes (Darragh Rainsford 89).
SHAMROCK ROVERS – Barry Murphy, Conor McCormack, David Elebert, Jason McGuinness, Daniel Lebwith, Stephen Rice, James Chambers, Sean O’Connor, Karl Sheppeard (Billy Dennehy 72), Mark Quigley (Gary McCabe 72), Eamon Zayed (Thomas Stewart 62).
REFEREE – Graham Kelly (Cork)