Limerick are now the co-holders of an unwanted record after losing 4-1 to Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium this afternoon.
They equal Waterford United’s tally of 21 Premier Division games without a win as their remained rooted to the bottom of the table.
Limerick’s best opportunity of the opening half fell to Robbie Williams inside twenty minutes. Sean Russell’s corner from the left was swung in and found the Yorkshireman in space inside the six yard box. Williams just couldn’t climb high enough to make the right contact, and his header clipped the crossbar and went over. Limerick defended deep a nd well in the opening stages, but there was nothing they could do to prevent Brandon Miele’s opener after 34 minutes. He stuck from 30 yards – firing straight past Hall, who had little chance.
The game was put beyond Limerick after 53 minutes when Conor Kenna headed home from close range after a good delivery from Kieran Marty Waters’ free kick.
Limerick got their consolation on the hour mark when Barry Murphy failed to hold Shane Duggan’s shot, and Ian Turner was on hand to fire in the rebound. That glimmer of hope didn’t last long however, as Brandon Miele played in North who squared to Paddy Cregg and he converted after rounding Hall to secure the points for Pat Fenlon’s men.
Miele doubled his tally on the day to add gloss to the scoreline – a clever flick from Gareth McCaffrey played in the midfielder to fire past a helpless Freddy Hall.
Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Dave Webster, Conor Kenna, Luke Byrne; Gary McCabe, Patrick Cregg; Brandon Miele, Cian Kavanagh (Ryan Brennan, 72), Kieran Marty Waters (Dylan Kavanagh, 85); Danny North (Gareth McCaffrey, 80).
Limerick: Freddy Hall; Paul O’Conor, Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Prince Agyemang (Darragh Rainsford, 63), Shane Duggan; Ian Turner (Vinny Faherty, 63), Lee-J Lynch, Sean Russell; Dean Clarke.
Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork)