LIMERICK FC had it all their own way against Galway SD in Jackman Park on Friday night as they were comfortable 3-0 winners.
This was a stroll in the park for promotion favourites Limerick FC and such was the ease with which the home side collected the three league points on offer that Pat Scully’s side would not have been flattered had their winning margin been doubled.
A brace of first-half goals from Man of the Match Rory Gaffney and Shane Tracy, from the penalty spot, together with a sublime first goal in Limerick FC colours for former Irish international Dominic Foley in the 58th minute ensured Scully’s charges remain hot on the heels of the early season promotion contenders.
SD Galway struggled to cope with Limerick’s attacking threat throughout, the pace and power provided by the likes of frontmen Denis Behan and Foley, the energy and accuracy of wingers Tracy and Gaffney and the guile and composure of the experienced Joe Gamble.
The 681 paying customers at Jackman Park on Friday night will be encouraged by the start the big-spending ‘Super Blues’ have made to the Airtricity First Division season. However, a major test of their promotion credentials will come on Friday night next when second-placed Limerick take on third-placed Athlone Town at Lissywoollen at 7.45pm.
With former Limerick manager Mike Kerley now in charge of Athlone and several players who previously plied their trade with the Blues, including Paul Danaher, Brian McCarthy, Garvan Broughall, Jason Hughes, Tommy Barrett and Robbie Kelleher currently lining out for the Midlanders, this promises to be a spicy affair.
Friday night’s result against a limited SD Galway was notable in that it marked the first time Limerick FC have kept a clean sheet in the League this season and also for the encouraging return to action at Jackman Park of the exciting midfielder/striker Garry Sheahan.
The young Kilcornan player missed all of last season after breaking his leg in the opening League fixture of 2011 away to Finn Harps.
Afterwards Limerick FC manager, Pat Scully enthused: “We started the game really well. I thought our passing was much improved. We could have had a couple of more goals. We were a little bit wasteful with our chances. But I think, week by week, we are getting better. It’s good to keep a clean sheet and it was a pleasing result for us.
LIMERICK FC – Barry Ryan, Pat Purcell, Shane Guthrie (Shaun Kelly 75), Andrew Bhandarkar, Corie Treacy, Rory Gaffney (Garry Sheahan 70), Joe Gamble, Shane Tracy, Stephen McGann (Dave O’Leary 60), Dominic Foley, Denis Behan.
SD GALWAY – Liam Grant, Paddy Quinlan, Nicky Curran, Eric Browne, Cian Faddan (Colm Horgan half-time, Eugene Greaney, Timmy Molloy, Michael Harty, Enda Curran (Charlie Burke 75), Mike Tierney (Ronan Conlan 85), Mike Gilmore.
REFEREE – Sean Grant (Wexford)
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