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31/07/2021

Limerick FC v UCD - Player ratings

The Limerick FC squad in Thomond Park ahead of the new season
Daniel Tighe rates the Limerick FC players after their 3-1 win over UCD in Thomond Park on Tuesday night.

Daniel Tighe rates the Limerick FC players after their 3-1 win over UCD in Thomond Park on Tuesday night.

Barry Ryan – 7

Little to do against a poor UCD side for large parts of the game but did what was asked when called into action. Made a routine save from a rare UCD one-on-one in the first half. No chance for goal.

Patrick Nzuzi – 7

Worked tirelessly up and down the right flank until being replaced with ten minutes remaining by the previously suspended Shaun Kelly. It was a night when his attacking instinct was unlikely to be punished on the break.

Brian O’Callaghan – 7

Signs that the experienced defender is gaining in confidence following a sub-standard first start of the season against Cork City. Should have scored from a second-half Tracy corner. Caught slightly out of position for UCD goal.

Stephen Folan – 7

Decent performance from the cultured centre half. Always wants to keep the ball on the deck whenever possible

Robbie Williams – 7

Solid if unspectacular performance from the left back who had little to do defensively for much of the game. Got forward well in support when he could.

Dave O’Leary – 8

Shone once again in midfield before a serious looking leg injury forced him off on a stretcher. Scored the Blues second with a swerving effort from 20 yards out on 16 minutes. How long he is out will determine how much of a blow his injury is to Limerick’s season.

Joe Gamble – 8

The old master taught the students a lesson with a text book demonstration in how to dictate the tempo in midfield. Kept things ticking along as always. Had a fierce effort well saved in the first-half.

Darragh Rainsford – 8

Two-goal hero was a deserving man of the match. A hint of offside as he finished off a neat pass from Galbraith courtesy of a looping deflection to give Limerick the lead inside 15 minutes. Capitalised on a weak Curran effort, that was cleared off the line following some more shocking UCD defending, to slot the ball into an open goal.

Danny Galbraith – 6

Not quite at his marauding best but didn’t need to be against mediocre opposition. Still threatened on occasion from both flanks.

Shane Tracy – 8

Another fine display from the Limerickman who played in a more advanced role than usual wide on the left. Delivery from set plays was once again top notch. Given a well-deserved rest with 20 minutes to go.

Craig Curran – 7

Game display from the lively frontman but will be disappointed not to open his account on the night against arguably the league’s worst team. Missed a gilt-edged opportunity to score during the first-half.

Stephen Bradley - 6

Part of a largely lacklustre second-half performance from a Limerick side who largely took their foot off the gas once 3-0 up.

Steve McGann - 6

Again part of a Limerick side on auto pilot for large parts of the second half.

Shaun Kelly – 6

On too late to make an impact.

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