Struggling Limerick face vital St Pat’s clash

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC captain Shane Duggan shows a neat touch in his side's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash with Drogheda United at the Markets Field
LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell is hoping his struggling side can finish off the first half of a season on a high as they face St Patrick’s Athletic in a crucial Premier Division clash this Friday night.

LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell is hoping his struggling side can finish off the first half of a season on a high as they face St Patrick’s Athletic in a crucial Premier Division clash this Friday night.

Friday night’s league clash at Richmond Park (7.45pm) is Limerick’s final outing before the mid-season break kicks in.

Following the break, relegation-threatened Limerick resume their programme of top flight fixtures against title-chasing Dundalk at Oriel Park on Friday, June 26 at 7.45pm.

The Blues then face two massive home fixtures at the Markets Field, against second-from-bottom Bray Wanderers on Saturday, July 4, 6.30pm, and eighth-placed Galway United seven days later on Saturday, July 11.

Bottom side Limerick FC suffered a frustrating 2-1 defeat at home to this Friday night’s opponents St Pat’s in the sides’ league meeting at Jackman Park earlier this season.

Limerick FC manager Martin Russell said: “We have two big away games against St Pat’s on Friday night and Dundalk after the mid-season break, before we play again at the Markets Field. If we can get something from the games against St Pat’s and Dundalk, it will help develop more belief in the players.

“We have only been beaten by a single goal against St Pat’s this season, while we drew with Dundalk. There is evidence that if we really play to our maximum, we can cause some problems to both those teams.

“We were disappointed that we didn’t get the result our play deserved on Friday night against Drogheda. What was pleasing for me was that it showed there is a positive way forward for Limerick FC. They now have a ground that they can help continue to develop, a pitch they can be proud of.”