MOTIVATION shouldnâ€™t be a problem for Limerick FC this Friday night ahead of the visit of Waterford Utd to Jackman Park.
Just seven weeks ago in round two of the First Division of the Airtricity League, hot favourites Limerick were beaten 3-1 in Waterford.
That came just one week after Waterford had suffered a heavy loss to Wexford Youths and Limerick had opened their campaign with a win over Finn Harps.
Almost two months later, Limerick are just one point off league leaders Longford Town, while Waterford are mid-table.
But it is comments in the aftermath of the previous game that has angered Limerick FC manager Pat Scully ahead of the rematch.
â€œI thought some of the comments from the Waterford players after our last meeting were very disrespectful,â€ said Scully this week.
â€œGranted they won, but we dominated the game. We lost our focus a couple of times and gave them the three points,â€ explained Scully.
â€œWe have a great motivation for Friday night.â€
He added: â€œIf we win we will be 10 points clear of Waterford, which despite it being so early in the season, would be a healthy advantage.â€
Although Scully wants his side to extend their unbeaten run to six games, he does not dismiss the exploits of their Munster rivals.
â€œThey are a decent team, so we expect a tough game. We are playing at a good level lately with a strong focus and we will need that to get the three points,â€ said Scully.
Limerick will have to plan without striker Dominic Foley.
The Charleville man, who earned a senior Republic of Ireland cap under Mick McCarthy, has been ruled out for the next two months.
Tests have confirmed that a knee injury will keep Foley out of action for another eight weeks - missing up to six league games and cup clashes in the EA Sports Cup, Munster Senior Cup and FAI Cup.
Another battling to be fit for the visit of Waterford is midfielder Paudie Quinn.
He played the final 25 minutes in the 3-1 win over Finn Harps last weekend but is rated as 50-50 with a groin complaint.
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