LIMERICK FC play their final home game of their Premier Division season tonight when Stuart Taylor’s side host basement side Shelbourne at Thomond Park (7.45pm).
Limerick will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 away defeat to relegation-threatened Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday when they lock horns with Shels.’
Midfielder Stephen Bradley returns from suspension for tonight’s game, but now central defensive pair Stephen Folan (eight yellow cards) and Samuel Oji (automatic ban) miss out, while Scottish winger Danny Galbraith (hamstring) remains on the sidelines.
Assistant manager Malky Thomson serves the second of his four-match touchline ban but manager Stuart Taylor is available, with any punishment to come for his dismissal on Sunday in the Bray match to begin in Derry next week.
One of the few positives for Limerick from the game with Bray was the fact that 17-year-old centre-half Tony Whitehead came on late in the game for his competitive first-team debut.
Tonight’s opponents Shels, meanwhile, are going in search of their first league win in ten games, going back to a 2-1 victory at UCD in late July.
Limerick’s assistant manager Thomson, goalkeeping coach Hickey and players Stephen Folan and Robbie Williams were at Limerick Racecourse on Monday to lend their support to the charity day in aid of jockeys JT McNamara, from Croom, and Jonjo Bright, both of whom suffered serious injuries last March.
Also in attendance at Greenmount Park were Hull City manager Steve Bruce and former Republic of Ireland international Niall Quinn. The fundraising day helped raise almost €550,000 for the injured jockeys.
The seventh-placed Blues will hope that a decent-sized crowd turns out to watch their final home fixture of the season.
Limerick complete their Premier Division programme at the Brandywell against Derry City on Friday, October 25.