New Limerick boss Russell faces Sligo test

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Martin Russell takes charge of Limerick FC for the first time in a competitive fixture when the Blues face Sligo Rovers in the Premier Division at the Showgrounds this Sunday, 7pm
LIMERICK FC face their first fixture under new manager Martin Russell this Sunday evening when the Blues travel to the Showgrounds to face Sligo Rovers in a crucial SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture (7pm).

LIMERICK FC face their first fixture under new manager Martin Russell this Sunday evening when the Blues travel to the Showgrounds to face Sligo Rovers in a crucial SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture (7pm).

A run of three successive defeats has seen Limerick slip to eight place in the Premier Division table, with the Shannonsiders now hovering just three points above the relegation play-off spot.

Following Sunday’s clash with fifth-placed Sligo, Martin Russell’s first home fixture in charge of the side will be against Shamrock Rovers at Thomond Park on Friday, August 1, 7.45pm.

As Limerick’s scheduled league game against Derry City was postponed last week due to the Candystripes involvement in the Europa League qualifiers, the Blues organised friendlies against local junior sides Carew Park and Regional United in which striker Shane Clarke was highly impressive for Russell’s side.

Limerick FC also defeated Queens Park Rangers U-21s 2-1 in a friendly fixture on Tuesday evening at UL Bowl.

QPR – managed by former Republic of Ireland Under-21 International Steve Gallen – last season reached the final of the Professional Development League play-off.

Despite Limerick’s recent poor run of results, new manager Russell remains upbeat about the side’s prospects. Sunday’s opponents Sligo faced Rosenborg in a crucial round two, second leg Europa League tie on Thursday night.

“I tend to look upwards - look to the positive side of things, look for the next win and to get higher up the table. That is the way I will be until the end of the season,” Martin Russell said.

“We need to get a consistency in our game and pick up more points between now and the end of the season and also playing good football.”