Limerick target win at the Drogs

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor will be anxious his side pick up three more points in this Friday night's Premier Division clash with Drogheda United at United Park, 7.45pm
LIMERICK FC manager, Stuart Taylor admits the Blues ‘owe Drogheda United one’ ahead of the sides’ Airtricity League Premier Division showdown at United Park on Friday night, 7.45pm.

LIMERICK FC manager, Stuart Taylor admits the Blues ‘owe Drogheda United one’ ahead of the sides’ Airtricity League Premier Division showdown at United Park on Friday night, 7.45pm.

Limerick have taken just one point from a possible 12 against the Drogs in four meetings since the Shannonsiders made their return to the League’s top flight last season.

Taylor’s side will be hoping to build on their excellent 2-0 home win over champions St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday which lifted the Shannonsiders up to ninth in the table.

Stuart Taylor said: “We need to make sure we are taking the game to them. We do owe them one, there is no doubt about that.

“It is a good time for us right now. Everyone is happier, everyone is confident and looking forward to the game. “Hopefully we come away with the right result.”

The Scottish-born manager insisted he did not feel under any pressure to deliver a result over St Pat’s, despite his side only taking two points from a possible 18 before kick-off.

“Pressure is when you are waking up in the morning you have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed. That is pressure, when you don’t have money and you have bills to pay. That is pressure.

“This is my job. I am working with a bunch of players which is an enjoyment to go to training all the time. Yes, I want to win games. That’s my mentality and make-up, but the players are exactly the same as well.

“We have always said the second season is the hardest season. We have always said it is not going to be easy and when you look at the injuries we have had - having seven main players out - there is no squad in the world which would have been able to deal with that and I think the players responded brilliantly with their performances.”

Manager Taylor said young squad members who featured in Monday night’s Munster Senior Cup final defeat to Douglas Hall would learn a lot from the experience.

“It was disappointing not to come away with the silverware. The young players did very well,” Stuart Taylor said.

“We had to put the young team out because we had played three League games in seven days. I didn’t want to turn it into four games in 10 days and then a case of five games in 14 days with the match against Drogheda United on Friday night. The Premier League campaign is too important for that.”

Meanwhile, Taylor has admitted he is not the biggest fan of the mid-season break the League of Ireland traditionally takes in June.

Following Limerick’s home game against UCD on Friday, June 13, the league will take a break until the Blues face Cork City, away, on Friday, June 27.

“On June 14 the boys will be off on a break for two weeks. I said before that having a break half way through the season is not what I would do.

“But at the end of the day, I don’t make the rules. I have to go and get on with them.

“I think the season is there to be played, you play all the way through. I have always said the break at the end of the season is too long as well. We should play for another month. Three months, or four months off, November, December, January and February, between seasons is too long. I think there should be more football going on throughout the season rather than condensing games.

“I think it would be more affordable for supporters to come and see as well. Look, the FAI have set their rules out there and I am not going to complain against them. I am over here to do a job. What else happens happens. I have to concentrate on my job with Limerick. We will get on with things.

“It is unusual to have a two-week break half way through the season. If more football is played through a larger part of the year, then people are going to be happier. Last season we played, Friday-Tuesday, Friday-Tuesday for near enough the first month. Financially, that is difficult for supporters. It is not feasible to be honest with you.

“If you take away that mid-week game and put it on in November, I am quite sure you would get a few more supporters through the gate. That is just my opinion.”