MIDFIELDER Paul O’Conor proved the Limerick FC hero in the 90th minute as Martin Russell’s side secured a precious 1-1 draw with champions Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at Jackman Park on Easter Saturday night.
Despite producing their best display of the campaign so far, Limerick FC looked all set to suffer a fourth defeat and as a result drop to bottom place in the Premier Division table. However, with time running out, an alert O’Conor headed home from inside the six yard box following Paudie O’Connor’s near post flick, much to the delight of home supporters in an official attendance of 720. It was the first goal Dundalk had conceded in the league this season and ended the Co Louth side’s perfect record of five successive wins.
Richie Towell had put Dundalk in front in the 38th minute when firing home superbly from the edge of the box. Limerick came close to grabbing an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Dean Clarke was denied by a smart save from Dundalk ‘keeper Gary Rogers.
However, battling Limerick got the point their endeavour deserved when O’Conor popped up with his vital late equaliser.
The result sees Limerick FC move one point above basement side Sligo Rovers in the Premier Division ahead of the Blues trip to Bray Wanderers next weekend.
LIMERICK FC - Conor O’Donnell, Sean Harding, Robbie Williams, Aidan Price, Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan (Capt), Dean Clarke, Sean Russell (Darragh Rainsford 87), Paudie O’Connor, Jason Hughes (Vinny Faherty 68).
DUNDALK FC - Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (Paddy Barrett half-time), Andy Boyle (Capt), Chris Shields, Daryl Horgan (John Mountney 74), David McMillan (Kurtis Byrne 77), Ronan Finn, Dane Massey, Richie Towell, Darren Meehan.
REFEREE - Dave McKeon