LIMERICK FC are still without a win in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division after they went down 4-0 to Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday evening.
The heavy defeat to one of the sides expected to be in the relegation battle leaves Limerick bottom of the table and facing another massive game next Friday when they travel to play fellow strugglers Galway Utd.
Bray had lost their first five games of the season but the departure of manager Alan Matthews has seen an upturn in fortunes under caretaker boss Maciej Tarnogrodzki. They beat Sligo Rovers last week this win moves them up to ninth.
After a scoreless opening half, during which Limerick spurned one great opportunity, the hosts were clinical after the restart and two goals in the space of four minutes settled the contest.
Firstly, Adam Hanlon applied the finish to a fine counter-attack and then on the hour mark, striker Emeka Onwubiko fired home to give Bray some breathing space.
It could have been a different story had Dean Clarke managed to keep his effort from six yards on target with the goal at his mercy in the first-half.
As it was, Bray were far more potent in the final third and wrapped up the victory as David Cassidy scored his fourth goal of the campaign before Graham Kelly added further gloss to the scoreline in the dying embers.
“We need to improve all the defensive areas that were highlighted in the second half in particular, because in the first half we were comfortable enough,” said Limerick manager Martin Russell afterwards.
“We were the dominant side and when you’re going well you need to make hay and take your chances.
“It was a strange one in terms of the first half we’ve come here and probably dominated the majority of it and had chances. It’s one of those where if you don’t take your chances it comes back to bite you and that’s what happened.
“To be fair to Bray they kept plugging away, and allied to our defensive mistakes, they’ve taken theirs. Even in the second half, we’ve huffed and puffed, we got stuff in and around the area and missed another couple of chances again.
“On another day, we would probably have three or four goals but it wasn’t to be. Having said that, our defending left a lot to be desired.”
Limerick are now away to Galway on Friday before hosting Derry City three days later.
BRAY WANDERERS: Stephen McGuinness, Michael Barker, Daniel O’Reilly, Hugh Douglas, Alan McNally, Graham Kelly, David Cassidy, Ryan McEvoy, Adam Hanlon, Jamie McGlynn, Gareth McDonagh.
LIMERICK: Conor O’Donnell, Sean Harding, Robbie Williams, Aidan Price, Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan, Dean Clarke, Darragh Rainsford, Sean Russell, Paudie O’Connor. Subs: Kieran Hanlon for Rainsford (60 mins); Ross Mann for Turner (60 mins), Jason Hughes for O’Conor (90 mins)