Clarke happy plucky Limerick FC can down Galway

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Limerick FC's Dean Clarke, right, celebrates scoring with team-mate Paul O'Conor
LIMERICK FC goalscorer, Dean Clarke insists there is no reason why the basement Blues cannot pick up three points from their crucial visit to fellow strugglers Galway Utd on Friday week.

LIMERICK FC goalscorer, Dean Clarke insists there is no reason why the basement Blues cannot pick up three points from their crucial visit to fellow strugglers Galway Utd on Friday week.

Clarke, who fired Limerick in front against Dundalk inside two minutes on Saturday night, is confident the side can turn over the team sitting directly above them in the Premier Division table.

Limerick trail second-from-bottom Galway by three points. While Martin Russell’s Limerick have just four games to go in their Premier Division relegation battle, Galway Utd have five games remaining.

Limerick FC goalscorer Dean Clarke said: “We have been looking at those two games against Galway and Derry for a long time and targeting them. To take anything from this game (Dundalk) would have bene a massive bonus.

“We did prepare for it very well. We thought we got our shape right tonight. It took them 76 minutes to break us down. The Galway and Derry fixtures are big, big games for us now. There is no reason why we can’t go to Galway and win.

“We have two home games to come after that. We can beat anyone here at the Markets Field, so why not?

Clarke said: “It is very hard to take. For the first goal we gave away, Kilduff won the header against Robbie (Williams) and there just seemed to be acres of space for Richie Towell to run into. When you see him running in, you are praying for a miracle that he is going to miss and obviously he didn’t.

“Once they got the first goal they kicked on and it was hard for us to take once they got the second. That goal really killed us. We were holding onto something. We had a few chances ourselves, but they are not champions two years in a row for nothing.

“It was always going to be about how long we could keep going. We were doing all the running. They must have had 65-70% possession and the chances they were creating, Freddy (Hall) stopped very well. I think there was always going to be chances that we were hoping they would miss.

“We always knew we were going to have to ride our luck tonight and we did for as long as we could. When they are coming at you it waves, it can only go so long before it goes in.

“We will have to look forward to Galway and win our next four games essentially. That is what we have to do, we know we have to do that.”