Limerick defender Kelly eyes FAI Cup glory

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor brings his side to Oriel Park tonight, Friday, for the FAI Ford Cup third round clash with Dundalk
LIMERICK FC defender Shaun Kelly will be back on familiar territory when the Blues tackle Dundalk in their FAI Ford Cup at Oriel Park tonight, Friday (7.45pm).

LIMERICK FC defender Shaun Kelly will be back on familiar territory when the Blues tackle Dundalk in their FAI Ford Cup at Oriel Park tonight, Friday (7.45pm).

Defender Kelly spent two years with the Co Louth club before arriving at Limerick in 2011, via Galway Utd.

The full-back, who has also played with Hears in the Scottish Premier League, is enjoying life in Limerick and would love to help the Blues put one over on his Premier Division title-chasing former employers on Friday night.

Kelly said: “When I signed for Limerick (July 2011) I had been playing in the Premier Division.

“Pat O’Sullivan asked me to sign and I couldn’t let that opportunity go, especially when I saw what the club was doing. Now we are playing in Thomond Park - one of the best pitches in the League. You can’t turn down that opportunity. I am loving it down here.

“My girlfriend has moved down. She has got a job down here. I am settled here. I am here more than two years. I am delighted. I want to keep playing.”

Donegal-born Kelly, who has played four games in the Europa League, insists the FAI Ford Cup still has a magic about it.

“The Cup still has a magic about it,” Kelly said.

“We were just saying last night at training, it is a welcome break from the league. Everyone is buzzing. The Cup always brings out the best in everyone. Why wouldn’t it? If you get to the final you get to play at the Aviva Stadium. This week we are gearing up to play Dundalk.”

Kelly is looking forward to playing in front of a big attendance at Oriel Park on Friday night and has no issue with playing on the artificial pitch.

“Personally, I have had two years playing on the pitch,” Kelly explained.

“Everyone is different. I didn’t mind it whatsoever. Other people are different. Everyone has to play on it. We should have won the last game on it. You want to play in front of the biggest crowds you can. With the way Dundalk are going at the minute, they are getting big crowds. They had more than 3,000 at their last game. I hope there is more than that on Friday night.

“We can say they haven’t beaten us and they haven’t beaten us. We have been the better team against them the two times we played them.”

Limerick FC are unbeaten in their two fixtures against Dundalk this season, drawing 2-2 at Oriel Park and coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Thomond Park.