Limerick FC’s poor start to the SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign continued on Friday night when they were beaten 5-0 by Cork City in Turner’s Cross.
Following on from the 3-0 home defeat to Bohemians in Jackman Park, Limerick were looking for a more positive performance this time around. But they were never in contention in front of a crowd of almost 5,000.
It took the home side only three minutes to take the lead, Darren Dennehy firing home from close range after an assist from Garry Buckley.
And by the 11th minute it was 2-0 when Billy Dennehy converted a penalty after Karl Sheppard was taken down by Limerick keeper Conor O’Donnell.
And the night got even worse for Limerick when captain Shane Duggan was red-carded on the half-hour mark and Cork made it 3-0 on the stroke of half time when Gavin Holohan scored a cracker.
Billy Dennehy got his second five minutes into the second half and his brother Darren also got his second late on to compund Limerick’s misery.
Next up for Martin Russell’s side is a home game against newly-promoted Longford Town next Saturday in Jackman Parek.
LIMERICK FC: Conor O’Donnell; Sean Harding, Paudie O’Connor, Aidan Price, Robbie Williams; Ian Turner, Paul O’Conor, Shane Duggan, Darragh Rainsford; Vinnie Faherty, Dean Clarke. Subs: Val Feeney for Faherty (36 mins), Kieran Hanlon for Clarke (57 mins)
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; John Dunleavy, Alan Bennett, Darren Dennehy, Ross Gaynor; Colin Healy, Liam Miller; Danny Morrissey; Garry Buckley, Billy Dennehy; Karl Sheppard. Subs: Gavin Holohan for Buckley (31 mins), Liam Kearney for Morrissey (64 mins), John Kavanagh for Healy (76 mins)