STRUGGLING Limerick FC remain rooted to the foot of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after suffering a frustrating 1-0 defeat to title-chasing Cork City at Jackman Park this Saturday evening.Karl Sheppard’s goal midway through the first half ensured Limerick’s wait for a first league win this season has now been extended to 13 games.
Martin Russell’s battling Limerick side remained hugely competitive throughout this entertaining Munster derby which was played out before 605 spectators. However, the home side lacked the guile and cutting edge necessary to unlock the visitors defence.
Relegation-threatened Limerick have now drawn five and lost eight of their opening 13 Premier Division fixtures this season.
This was Limerick FC’s final home fixture at Jackman Park before the Blues return to the redeveloped Markets Field for the June 5 Premier Division clash with Drogheda United.
Limerick manager Russell will hope the change of scenery at Markets Field will result in a change of fortune for his young charges who are starting to get cut adrift at the foot of the Premier Division table.
Next up for Limerick FC in the Premier Division is a trip to Longford Town on Saturday evening next, 7.45pm.
LIMERICK FC: Conor O’Donnell, Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Darragh Rainsford (Ross Mann 73), Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan (Capt), Dean Clarke, Vinny Faherty (Sean Russell 62), Shane Tracy, Jason Hughes (Tony Whitehead 43).
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty, John Kavanagh (Michael McSweeny 65), Darren Dennehy, Dan Murray, Colin Healy (Capt), Gavan Holohan, Kevin O’Connor, Karl Sheppard (Liam Kearney 88), Billy Dennehy, Liam Miller (Gary Buckley 78), Mark O’Sullivan.
REFEREE: Neil Doyle