Limerick bid farewell to Thomond Park with Sligo win

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC defender Samuel Oji
LIMERICK FC can still secure a fifth-placed finish in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division after recording a precious 1-0 win over Sligo Rovers in their final home game of the season at Thomond Park.

LIMERICK FC can still secure a fifth-placed finish in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division after recording a precious 1-0 win over Sligo Rovers in their final home game of the season at Thomond Park.

Rory Gaffney bagged his 14th League goal of the season on 52 minutes to ensure Limerick FC signed off from Thomond Park with three precious points.

In his half-time address to supporters for the club’s final home game of the season, Limerick FC Chairman Pat O’Sullivan confirmed the club would be back at the Markets Field for the start of next season. O’Sullivan also urged the people of Limerick to show greater support for the Blues, warning that he could not continue to be the club’s ‘Sugar Daddy’.

The victory was Limerick FC’s first time to record three consecutive wins in the top flight since early June.

Gaffney, who has bagged 11 goals in his last 12 appearances for Limerick, headed Patrick Nzuzi’s cross to the net seven minutes into the second half for the game’s only goal. Limerick complete their programme of Premier Division games away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.

Following tonight’s game, striker Rory Gaffney was presented with the Limerick FC Player of the Year award, while midfielder Jason Hughes was awarded the Young Player of the Year accolade.

LIMERICK FC - Ali Abass, Shane O’Connor, Lee J Lynch, Shane Duggan (Capt), Rory Gaffney, Patrick Nzuzi, Samuel Oji, Michael Leahy, Prince Agyemang (Shane Tracy 65), Kieran Djilali, Ian Turner (Ross Mann 65).

SLIGO ROVERS - Richard Brush, Gary Boylan (Gary Armstrong half-time), Danny North (Ruairi Keating 67), Eamon Zayed, Seamus Conneely, David Cawley, Paul O’Connor, Kalen Spillane, Raffaele Cretaro (Capt) (Regan Donelon 90+3), Danny Ledwith, Evan McMillan.

REFEREE - Kevin O’Regan