Limerick Soccer - Next step in search for Oscar glory

Limerick District League take the next step on their quest for Oscar Traynor glory on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Roscommon to take on the locals in the second of three group games.

Limerick District League take the next step on their quest for Oscar Traynor glory on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Roscommon to take on the locals in the second of three group games.

Limerick won their first outing with ease against the Clare League and although the 2-0 scoreline suggests a close encounter, in truth Limerick won hands down.

Roscommon for their part were defeated in their opening game away to the Galway League so they need to win on Sunday to keep any hopes alive of progressing further in the competition.

Despite being defeated Roscommon showed plenty of guts, battling back from a two goal deficit to tie the game before bowing out to two late goals from the Tribesmen.

Limerick will remember well that they made their exit from last year’s competition at the hands of Roscommon after a penalty shoot out so Aidan Ryan’s men will be on guard against any complacency.

Winning their opener Limerick, while well in control, failed to put away the opposition and as the game wore on looked bereft of ideas.

Shane Clarke and Jonathan Grant with a goal apiece were the scorers and Limerick had other fine performances from Martin Deedy, John Tierney and Wayne Colbert.

Thomas Lyons will miss the game through injury but Ian Soran and Paul Fitzgerald from Geraldines, Brian Aherne (Carew Park) and Jamie Stewart are added to the squad from the opening game.

Manager will pick the team from the following squad; Gary Neville, Stephen McNamara, Pat Mullins, Conor Moloney, Martin Deady, Wayne Colbert, Alan Barry, John Tierney, Pat McGarry, Shane Clarke, Shane Waters, Pat Boyle, Francis Kett, Jonathan Grant, Ian Storan, Paul Fitzgerald, Mark McGrath, Jason Hughes, Brian Aherne, John Boyle, Jason Mullins, Jamie Stewart,

Like their Junior counterparts, the Inter County Youth side play their second game with a trip to Kerry on Friday evening.

Limerick were most unlucky in their opening game going down 2-1 to a highly fancied Cork side. Limerick matched their opponents on that occasion only going down to an injury time goal.

It will be a good side who can bounce back from such a defeat but as they showed in their opener they are a plucky combination and should have nothing to fear.

There is but one Premier League this weekend with Shannon Hibs still searching their first win of the season hosting Ballynanty Rvs.

Hib’s exited the FAI at the hands of Mungret two weeks back while Balla followed suit at the weekend going down 1-0 to ‘Boro.

Both teams are looking to bounce back with Balla strong favourites to get back to winning ways.

In Div 1A leaders Granville Rgs face an inconsistent Moyross team in Glenbrook. Granville, thanks to a Liam Quinn hat trick, scored a superb win over Pike Rvs in the top of the table clash last weekend.

Moyross have been hot and cold this season. When they hit form they can be scintillating but all too often this season they have failed to sparkle which must frustrate manager Philip Power.

Pike B will be looking to keep pace with Granville but they face a sticky assignment away to Summerville Rvs who are just outside the promotion zone. Mungret Reg another side tipped to make the top two host Shannon Town in the remaining 1A game.

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