LIMERICK FC kicked off the new SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season with a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Bohemians before an official attendance of 920 at Jackman Park.
Limerick FC’s new look side lost three of their four meetings with Bohs last season and the Blues were a poor second best in their latest meeting with the Dubliners after conceding two goals inside the opening 15 minutes.
Martin Russell’s young side made the worst possible start when Adam Evans prodded the visitors in front inside a minute after Limerick keeper Conor O’Donnell parried Dean Kelly’s close range effort following a corner from the left.
The early goal seemed to unsettle Limerick’s defence as the Gypsies found plenty of joy down the left flank. Limerick FC’s night grew even worse after 15 minutes when Bohemians doubled their lead.
Goalscorer Evans blocked down Robbie Williams’ attempted clearance and the grateful Dean Kelly tapped the ball home from close range.
Bohemians maintained their 2-0 lead to half-time and the Dubliners made it 3-0 some 12 minutes into the second half when Lorcan Fitzgerald curled a delightful free-kick into the bottom corner of the net.
It took Limerick FC 87 minutes to have their first shot on target through Shane Duggan, but the captain’s smart effort was well saved by Bohs ‘keeper Dean Delany.
LIMERICK FC: Conor O’Donnell, Robbie Williams, Aidan Price, Paudie O’Connor, Sean Harding, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan (Capt), Paul O’Conor, Ross Mann (Vinnie Faherty half-time), Darragh Rainsford (Sean McSweeney 78), Dean Clarke.
BOHEMIANS: Dean Delany, Derek Pender (Capt) (Dylan Hayes 62), Lorcan Fitzgerald, Anto Murphy, Derek Prendergast, Patrick Kavanagh, Keith Buckley (Robbie Creevy 76), Kealon Dillon, Roberto Lopes, Dean Kelly (Jason Byrne 72), Adam Evans.
REFEREE: Graham Kelly (Cork)