Blues eye do-or-die date with Monaghan

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully insists his side will travel to Gortakeegan for Friday night’s (8pm) do-or-die Airtricity league First Division tie with Monaghan United in confident mood.

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully insists his side will travel to Gortakeegan for Friday night’s (8pm) do-or-die Airtricity league First Division tie with Monaghan United in confident mood.

Limerick’s hopes of keeping their promotion bid alive until the final weekend of the regular season depend on the Super Blues picking up three points against Roddy Collins’ side.

In-form Limerick remain in the promotion race thanks to a 3-1 win over Athlone Town on Friday night.

“We have to do keep doing our own job. We got our three points against Athlone and that is all we can do,” Pat Scully said.

“There are still two games to go, a lot to play for. We will continue working away.

“The lads will go to Monaghan full of confidence. They will be full of confidence. We are playing well, unbeaten in something like 9 games now.

“We need to keep pushing on. We will get ourselves ready this week. It is an important game. It was always going to come down to us going there this week and getting a good result.

“The Monaghan game will be tough. They are a good team. We know that.

“But we will have a good week’s training, get ourselves ready and go out on Friday and give it everything we have.

“There is always nerves at this time of the year and that’s irrespective of whether you are 21 or 31. The games are really, really crucial at this stage.”

While a workmanlike Limerick side secured their victory over Athlone Town at Jackman Park before 677 paying customers, Roddy Collins’ Monaghan had to rely on a dramatic 89th minute winner to see off Mervue United 1-0 in Galway.

Limerick welcomed long terms injury victim Stephen O’Flynn back from injury for their clash with Mike Kerley’s side on Friday night.

Leaders Monaghan are four points clear of Limerick, while second-placed Cork enjoy a three-point advantage over the Super Blues with just two games to go.

Shels’ advantage on Limerick is just two points, but crucially the Tolka Park side has a game in hand on the Shannonsiders.

The top two sides at the end of the regular season will gain automatic promotion to the Premier Division, while the third-placed side will also have the opportunity to make the top flight courtesy of a play-off against the bottom side in the Premier Division.

Following Friday night’s critical game with Monaghan, Limerick will host Waterford United in their final game at Jackman Park on Saturday, October 29.

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