LIMERICK FC boss Pat Scully has hit out at Finn Harps Director of Football Felix Healy ahead of this Saturday’s game in the Airtricity League Division 1.
Limerick beat the Donegal side 2-1 in the opening game of the season on March 3 but despite Limerick’s status as hot favourites for automatic promotion, Healy wasn’t overly impressed by what he saw in Jackman Park.
“Felix Healy called us an ordinary team after our first meeting,” said Scully.
“But our last few performances have been anything but ordinary. We played a great game against Wexford and the players are starting to set really good standards and it’s so important we keep demanding full commitment from ourselves.
“Harps away is one of the hardest fixtures in the season, but it’s one of my favorites - a great football ground with real atmosphere. We must be ready for a tough game.”
Limerick returned to second place last weekend after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wexford Youths in Ferycarrig Park - a 70th minute Rory Gaffney strike enough to give Limerick all three points.
The Limerick win saw them leap-frog Wexford into second and they are now just one point behind Longford Town, who were beaten 3-1 at home by Finn Harps last Saturday.
Harps are now in fourth place and are in a good vein of form having won their last three games.
Since losing 1-0 at home to Wexford in their fourth outing on March 24 - a game that marked their third loss of the season - they have embarked on an impressive run of results. They beat Waterford 2-0 away, SD Galway 3-0 at home and Longford 3-1 away.
Limerick have bounced back well from their loss to Longford at home and a 3-0 win over Cork City in the EA Sports Cup booked a quarter-final place and last week’s win over Wexford got them back on track in the league.
Former Irish international Dominic Foley is still ruled out for another couple of weeks but other than that, Scully has his full squad to pick from.
Winning in Donegal won’t be easy but it’s the type of game Limerick need to get three points from if they’re to justify their status as pre-season favourites.
If they don’t then Felix Healy will have more reason to question their credentials. Limerick are at home to Waterford a week later.
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