Limerick FC stay in heel of the hunt for promotion

LIMERICK FCs promotion bid gathered further momentum in Ballybofey on Saturday night when Pat Scully’s side made it back-to-back away wins in the Airtricity League First Division.

LIMERICK FCs promotion bid gathered further momentum in Ballybofey on Saturday night when Pat Scully’s side made it back-to-back away wins in the Airtricity League First Division.

Goals in either half from Shane Tracy and the in-form Denis Behan ensured the fourth-placed Super Blues remain firmly in the promotion race.

Limerick trail second-placed Cork City by a point with, the same number of games played, 21. Monaghan United currently edge the Shannonsiders for fourth place on goal difference although Roddy Collins also have a game in hand on Limerick.

Table toppers Shelbourne look a good bet to secure one of the two automatic promotion spots on offer as they end a 9-point lead over Cork.

Limerick FC will be hoping to maintain their winning run in the First Division when the ‘Super Blues’ host basement side Salthill Devon at Jackman Park this Friday night (7.45pm).

The top two sides in the First Division at the end of the regular season will gain automatic promotion next season. The third-placed side in the First Division will face a play-off with the bottom side in the top flight to determine the exact make-up of the Premier Division next season.

Saturday night’s win for Limerick was all the more notable as it came just four days after the side suffered a bitterly disappointing 2-1 EA Sports Cup semi-final defeat to Cork City.

But to their credit, the Limerick players showed admirable resilience to bounce back with a precious away victory over Harps. The Donegal side had won their two previous League games against Mervue United and Wexford Youths.

Limerick FC made the ideal start to the game when Shane Tracy scored in the 9th minute following excellent work by recent signing Rory Gaffney.

Limerick FCs lead lasted a little over 15 minutes, however, as Mark Brolly clattered a rebound from his own free kick past Barry Ryan in the visitors’ goal.

Brolly was again the centre of attention just before half-time when he fouled Peter Hynes inside the area and Limerick were awarded a penalty. However, Shane Tracy was denied his second goal of the evening as his effort was brilliantly saved by Harps ‘keeper Ciaran Gallagher.

The decisive moment of the game arrived on the hour mark when former Hartlepool striker Behan- who had bagged a brace in Limerick’s previous League outing with Waterford- scored the match winning goal from a brilliantly struck free-kick.

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