WINLESS Limerick FC remain rooted to the foot of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after suffering a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.
Jason Byrne netted an 84th minute winner for the Gypsies as Limerick remained without a win through their opening 12 top flight games. The defeat heightens Limerick’s relegation worries with more than one third of the season now completed.
The Blues, who have picked up just five points through their opening dozen top flight fixtures, had drawn level with their hosts through a Dean Clarke goal on 52 minutes.
However, Byrne’s winner six minutes from time scuppered Limerick hopes of leaving Dublin with a precious point.
Bohemians led 1-0 at half-time, thanks to Derek Prendergast’s headed goal on 11 minutes.
Next up for Martin Russell’s Limerick side in the league is a crucial home tie with title-chasing Cork City at Jackman Park on Saturday, May 16 at 6.30pm.
Limerick will face Avondale Utd in the final of the Munster Senior Cup in Clounreask, Askeaton, on Sunday at 2pm. The Shannonsiders reached this stage by beating Cork City in a shootout at the same venue in late February.
BOHEMIANS: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Dave Mulcahy, Robbie Creevy (Keith Buckley 71), Paddy Kavanagh, Kealan Dillon (Mark Griffin 57), Adam Evans, Dean Kelly (Jason Byrne 78).
LIMERICK FC: Conor O’Donnell, Sean Harding (Jason Hughes 44), Robbie Williams, Paudie O’Connor, Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan (Capt), Dean Clarke, Vinny Faherty, Shane Tracy, Darragh Rainsford.
REFEREE: Ryan Stewart (Wales)