LIMERICK FC went to the top of Airtricity League Division 1 at the weekend as they beat Mervue Utd 3-0 on Friday night and leaders Longford Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Wexford Youths.
After losing to Waterford Utd seven days earlier, Limerick were keen to get their title challenge back on track and they were always the better side in this contest.
Limerick got their reward on 23 minutes when Sean Brosnan opened the scoring after a good cross from former Mervue player Rory Gaffney. And they doubled the lead four minutes later when Shane Tracey converted a penalty after Joe Gamble was fouled in the box.
Limerick went in at the break 2-0 up and they put the issue beyond doubt on 63 minutes when sub Jeffrey Judge headed home Tracy’s free kick. Gaffney and Dominic Foley went close to stretching Limerick’s lead late on but the missed chances didn’t make a difference as Limerick eased home.
With Longford only drawing away to Wexford Youths, courtesy of a late free kick, Limerick go top on goals difference. And next weekend is another big one in the league as the Blues host bottom side SD Galway while Longford take on third-placed Waterford Utd. Limerick will be hoping they could go clear at the top and take a big step towards automatic promotion.
LIMERICK FC - Dave Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Corie Tracey, Pat Purcell, Shane Tracy; Sean Brosnan, Joe Gamble, David O’Leary (Jeffrey Judge ’28), James McGrath (Garry Sheahan ’75); Rory Gaffney, Denis Behan (Dominic Foley ’69).
MERVUE UTD - Conor Gleeson; Martin Conneely, James Casserley (Michael McSweeney ’77), Mike Elwood, Mark Ludden; Etanda Nkololo (Brian Connolly ’80), Noel Varley, Shane Keogh (Gary Kelly ’73), Alan Murphy, Stephen Walsh; Pat Hoban.
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