LIMERICK maintained their promotion push last Friday night as they beat Wexford Youths 6-0 in a comprehensive victory at Jackman Park.
Braces for Jeffrey Judge and Denis Behan, a Karl Keogh own goal and a fine Paudie Quinn header sealed the victory in front of a crowd of 500.
After a frustrating start, Limerick took the lead through Judge on 19 minutes; a powerful finish to the top corner from all of 20 yards. Judgeâ€™s second on 27 was again a fine finish, slotting the ball past Packie Holden in the Wexford goal after the ball had broke to him from a corner.
It was 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, Quinn rising highest to nod the ball in at the near post from a Shane Tracy corner. An own goal from Keogh made it 4-0 on 55 minutes, before Behan added a penalty five minutes later after the impressive Shane Tracy was brought down in the box.
Tracy was a threat throughout â€“ involved in three of the goals â€“ and could have had one himself had his exquisite first half volley not been ruled out for offside.
Behan grabbed his second four minutes from the end, volleying home from close range after a pinpoint cross from Quinn. Judge nearly completed his hat-trick with a minute to go, only for his diving header to cannon off the crossbar.
LIMERICK FC- Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly (John Frost 68), Pat Purcell (Brian McCarthy 78), Corrie Treacy, Andrew Bhandarkar; Paudie Quinn, Joe Gamble (Sean Brosnan 89), Jeffrey Judge, Shane Tracy; Rory Gaffney, Denis Behan. Subs not Used: Shane Cusack, Peter Hynes, David Oâ€™Leary, Garbhan Coughlan.
WEXFORD YOUTH - Packie Holden; Shane Nolan, Karl Keogh (Dean Broaders 68), Martin Keogh, Mark Phelan (James Dermody 60); Ben Ryan, Shane Dempsey, Paul Malone, David Grincell; Danny Furlong, Tom Elmes (Michael Mullen 45).
REFEREE â€“ Graham Kelly