LIMERICK FC make the long journey north to face a high-flying Derry City side this Friday night at 7.45pm.
The Candystripes sit second in the table just two points behind early pacesetters Sligo Rovers and Blues boss Stuart Taylor expects a testing trip north. “It’s going to be difficult, they are a team that’s flying right now,” said Taylor.
The Blues lie sixth in the Premier Division off the back of a five game unbeaten run.
Friday night’s match in the Brandywell will mark the completion of a third of Limerick’s first topflight season in 19 years.
Taylor, speaking ahead of the match, said: “They are a real attacking side. They push their fullbacks high up the park - very much similar to ourselves. I think it will be a good footballing game because we both go and pass the ball. We’ve got a lot of exciting attacking players and they have as well so I think it will be a good game for the supporters to see.
“It will be a good test for our boys as well because we’ve played everybody else and Derry is the last side in the first round of games. We’ve had all the top sides away from home in Sligo, Drogheda and now Derry City. I think they’re a fantastic side and the pressure is on them,” he added.
In team news Craig Curran is suspended after picking up four yellows - to the bemusement of Taylor - in the first 10 league games. Axel Bossekota should return to the squad after an illness ruled him out of the Shelbourne match while Rory Gaffney should show the benefit of a first league start of the season. Robbie Williams came through Saturday’s match well after returning from injury .
Taylor hopes to be able to take advantage of Derry’s attacking intent by exploiting any gaps in defence on the counter attack. “When you’re very attacking you leave yourself open and we’ve fallen foul to that already this season,” said Taylor.
The draw for the second round of the FAI Cup was made this week. Limerick have been pitted against little known Dublin side, Glenville FC.
The Blues will travel to the capital for the tie on the weekend ending June 2.
The only other Limerick side left in the competition, Pike Rovers, will have to travel to First Division leaders, Longford Town.