LIMERICK FC remained eighth in the Airtricity League Premier Division table after recording a 0-0 draw with Derry City at the Brandywell on Easter Monday.
Shane Tracy went agonisingly close to an 84th-minute winner with a free-kick but Limerick were forced to settle for a share of the points. The results means improving Limerick FC have taken eight points from a possible 12 in their last four Premier League fixtures.
Limerick were the better team in the opening half in Derry and had a number of shots at goal, one of the best of them coming early on from Tracy.
The second half was equally short of noteworthy action, with the first chance coming on 73 minutes after Derry’s Michael Duffy got in behind Shaun Kelly on the left but he struck the ball into the side-netting.
The Super Blues could also have snatched all three points when Rory Gaffney was inches away from setting-up Derry old boy Tam McManus in the second half.
Arguably, the best chance of the match came after 80 minutes but Ryan Curran’s close-range header from Patrick McEleney’s inch-perfect delivery was straight at Barry Ryan.
Manager Stuart Taylor made just one change from the team that lined out in the win over Athlone Town three days earlier, and it was an enforced one as Craig Curran failed to recover in time from his hamstring injury.
He was replaced by 18-year-old Ross Mann (pictured above) for his full league debut.
Next up for Limerick FC is a home clash with sixth-placed Sligo Rovers at Thomond Park on this Friday night at 7.45pm.
DERRY CITY - Gerard Doherty, Roddy Collins, Cliff Byrne (Capt), David Elebert, Aaron Barry (Dean Jarvis 68), Jon Paul McGovern (Ryan Curran 56), Raymond Foy, Barry Molloy, Michael Duffy, Enda Curran, Mark Stewart (Patrick McEleney 71). Unused Subs: Ciarán Gallagher (GK), Cormac Burke, Tony McNamee, Mark Timlin.
LIMERICK FC - Barry Ryan, Shaun Kelly, Samuel Oji, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Jason Hughes, Shane Duggan (Capt), Prince Agyemang (Tam McManus 59), Shane Tracy, Ross Mann (Darragh Rainsford 70), Rory Gaffney. Unused Subs: Shane Cusack (GK), Val Feeney, Colm Murphy, Tony Whitehead, Shane Walsh.
REFEREE - Paul Tuite (Dublin)