A 0-0 draw was a decent result for a plucky Limerick FC side against the Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers before a crowd of 1862 in Thomond Park on Friday.
Friday night’s result leaves Stuart Taylor’s side sixth in the table, ahead of a demanding schedule to three away fixtures, beginning with an away FAI Cup tie with non-League Glenville FC in Whitehall on Saturday and continuing with difficult away assignments against St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers in the league.
However, the gritty nature of Limerick FCs display – after a sluggish start against the the ‘Bit of Red’ at Thomond Park on Friday night – will see the Blues approach the difficult spell of fixtures in confident mood.
For a side looking to consolidate its place in the top flight, a position in the top half of the table close to the mid-point of the season, will encourage all involved with Limerick FC.
However, it could even have been better had the Blues managed to improve on a return of six points from a possible 18 in their last six fixtures. Limerick, who have won just two of their eight home Premier Division games this season, head a log-jam of six teams separated by just six points in the table.
Friday scoreless draw was one of the more entertaining in the 107 League meetings between the sides.
Lims striker, Axel Bossekota had a 26th minute goal, correctly ruled out for a hand ball in the lead up to it, but the home side’s ‘keeper Barry Ryan deservedly received the Man of the Match accolade, doing especially well to deny Gavin Peers with an eighth minute header and Anthony Elding seven seconds into the second half.
The home side came on strong in the final quarter, enjoying a good supply of possession as well as creating a couple of decent half chances.
However, overall a draw was a fitting result in the second televised League clash at Thomond Park which failed to produce a goal.
While Limerick boss Taylor has been unhappy with a number of decisions which have gone against his side this season, he had no complaints over the call to disallow Bossekota’s first half goal.
Taylor said: “I thought it was a great decision by the fourth official (to disallow the goal). All credit to him. I thought Axel (Bossekota) handled it and the fourth official was correct.
“Overall, I was delighted with our players. I thought they were brilliant. They controlled the game for spells.
“The fact that we managed to keep a clean sheet is testament to the efforts of the entire team, from goalkeeper to strikers. That the work ethic we have at the club. All credit to them.
“The lads are allowed a bad day at the office and I think that is what happened against Drogheda. It is our 15th game now and they have been questioned just twice about their commitment and effort. I think any manager in any league would take that.”
LIMERICK FC – Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Brian O’Callaghan, Stephen Folan, Shane Tracy, Joe Gamble (Capt), Stephen Bradley, Patrick Nzuzi, David O’Leary (Darragh Rainsford 87), Danny Galbraith, Axel Bossekota (Rory Gaffney 61).
SLIGO ROVERS – Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Gavin Peers (Capt), Jeff Henderson, David Cawley, (Danny Ventre 83), Anthony Elding, Rafele Cretaro (Liam Martin 90), Ross Gaynor, Joseph Ndo, Lee Jay Lynch (Kieran Djilali 72), Aaron Greene.
REFEREE – Anthony Buttimer