Limerick FC suffer Dundalk defeat

Shane Tracy netted from the penalty spot in Limerick FC's 2-1 defeat  to Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity Premier League at Thomond Park this Friday night
STRUGGLING Limerick FC remain second-from-bottom in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Dundalk at Thomond Park this Friday night.

STRUGGLING Limerick FC remain second-from-bottom in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Dundalk at Thomond Park this Friday night.

Darren Meenan’s 76th-minute close-range finish saw title-chasing Dundalk edge out the Blues before an official attendance of 784. The defeat ended a disappointing week for Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor with striker Craig Curran departing the club in recent days after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

The defeat means Limerick have lost three of their last four top flight games and have taken just two points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier Division outings.

Dundalk went in front on 15 minutes courtesy of a Brian Gartland goal. However, the Shannonsiders were back on terms in the 30th minute when Shane Tracy converted a penalty following a foul on Danny Galbraith.

In the 57th minute Limerick netminder Barry Ryan saved a Richie Towell penalty, but Dundalk remained patient as Meenan landed the decisive blow in the 76th minute to put the Co Louth side top of the table.

Limerick FC face high-flying Cork City at Thomond Park in a re-arranged Premier Division fixture this Tuesday night, 7.45pm, while Stuart Taylor’s side host second-placed St Patrick’s on next Friday night.

LIMERICK FC - Barry Ryan, Shaun Kelly, Tony Whitehead, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Prince Agyemang, Shane Duggan © (Shane Duggan 79), Jason Hughes, Shane Tracy (James McGrath 66), Danny Galbraith (Darragh Rainsford 89), Rory Gaffney.

DUNDALK - Peter Cherrie, Seán Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey, Chris Shields, Richie Towell, Darren Meenan, Kurtis Byrne (Ruaidhri Higgins 88), Daryl Horgan, Patrick Hoban (David McMillan 72).

REFEREE - Neil Doyle (Dublin). Attendance: 784.