LIMERICK FC’s dreadful pre-season form continued on Sunday when they were beaten 4-2 by Avondale Utd in the Munster Senior Cup on Sunday.
Limerick had lost 1-0 to Waterford Utd on Friday night and were beaten 3-2 by Cobh Ramblers on Tuesday. In their first game of pre-season they drew 0-0 against Mervue Utd.
Two late goals saw the Cork outfit record a surprise win. Limerick fell behind in the 15th minute to an Ian Stapleton goal and it stayed that way to the break.
Barry Sheedy equalised on the hour mark but Avondale took the lead again when Roy Long hit the net five minutes later. Limerick looked to have secured a draw when David O’Leary goaled with four minutes remaining but Avondale got two goals in the last three minutes - from Karl Caulfield and Mark O’Sullivan - to advance to the semi-final.
Limerick’s bad record continued against Waterford on Friday night. They lost to them four times last season and a mistake from new signing (and former Waterford man) Craig Burns allowed Paul Quilty in for the only goal of the game. Waterford were reduced to ten men after 27 minutes when Francis Rockett was given his marching orders but it mattered little as Waterford held on for the win.
LIMERICK FC (v Avondale) - Barry Ryan; Shane Costello, Brian O’Callaghan, Anthony O’Donnell, Pat Purcell; James McGrath, David O’Leary, Barry Sheedy, Shane Tracy; Garbhan Coughlan, Rory Gaffney. Subs: Stephen Folan, Darragh Rainsford, Stephen McGann
LIMERICK FC (v Waterford) - Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Stephen Folan, Craig Burns, Pat Purcell; David O’Leary, Rory Gaffney, Stephen Bradley, Shane Tracy; Stephen McGann, Gary Shanahan. Subs: James McGrath, Shane Cusack, Garbhan Coughlan, Cian Collins, Barry Sheedy, Robbie Williams