LIMERICK FC return to Premier Division action this Saturday with a difficult away assignment against top flight leaders St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park (5pm).
Stuart Taylor’s Limerick side will be looking to improve on a return of six points from a possible 18 in their last six Premier Division fixtures.
However, the Blues have recorded an encouraging run of results away from home this season. Limerick have picked up 9 League points on the road, just one fewer than the side has secured at Thomond Park, while the Shannonsiders have scored 14 goals on their travels in the League, compared to just six at home.
Following this weekend’s assignment against in-form St Pat’s at Inchicore, Taylor’s charges take on Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Friday, June 14.
Limerick FC go into Saturday evening’s fixture against leaders St Pat’s on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 win over Leinster Senior League side Glenville FC in the second round of the FAI Ford Cup.
Limerick FC will be looking to avenge their 1-0 league defeat at the hands of St Pat’s at the end of March at Thomond Park when the sides renew rivalry this Saturday.
St Pat’s go into Saturday’s game on the back of an emphatic 4-0 victory over UCD in the second round of the FAI Ford Cup last weekend.
Limerick FC manager, Stuart Taylor said his side had showed the players are ‘strong enough mentally to play in the bigger occasions and the harder stadiums.’
Taylor said: “We have a good record away from home. It is a big test for the squad going to St Pat’s and Shamrock Rovers back-to-back.
“They are difficult places to go and play, but we have shown that we are good enough. We don’t fear anyone. We have gone and handled ourselves, showed we are strong enough mentally to go and play the bigger occasions and at the harder stadiums.”
Meanwhile, Limerick FC defender Stephen Folan has been rewarded for his consistent defensive performances this season by being called up to train with the Irish U-21 team.
Former Newcastle United defender Folan joined Dave O’Leary from the Super Blues in Noel King’s squad.
Limerick FC full-back Patrick Nzuzi has been impressing with the DR Congo side in the prestigious Toulon tournament in France.
Limerick’s three-goal FAI Cup victory over Glenville FC on Saturday was secured courtesy of two goals from Rory Gaffney and a third from a stunning Stephen Bradley free-kick on 66 minutes at Home Farm FCs grounds in Whitehall.
Meanwhile, Limerick’s other representatives in the second round, Pike Rovers, bowed out of the FAI Cup following a 4-0 away defeat at the hands of Airtricity League First Division leaders, Longford Town.