O’Conor relishing Limerick FC’s Ballybofey task

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick FC's in-form midfielder Paul O'Conor is looking forward to Friday night's crucial second leg Premier Division relegation clash with Finn Harps in Ballybofey, 7.45pm
LIMERICK FC midfielder Paul O’Conor says players are ‘really eager to finish the job’ in Ballybofey so they can experience more ‘special’ nights at the Markets Field in the top flight next season.

LIMERICK FC midfielder Paul O’Conor says players are ‘really eager to finish the job’ in Ballybofey so they can experience more ‘special’ nights at the Markets Field in the top flight next season.

Martin Russell’s Limerick FC side take a 1-0 lead to Finn Park in the second leg of their Premier Division relegation play-off clash with Finn Harps this Friday night, 7.45pm.

Shaun Kelly scored the only goal in the Blues precious victory over the Co Donegal side played out before a bumper attendance at the Markets Field on Monday.

Twenty seven-year-old Paul O’Conor said: “It really felt like Limerick football was really alive and well (on Monday night) so we want to make sure we finish the job this week and hopefully there’ll be a few more next season.

“There was always that motivation, once we managed to make the playoff after doing what we’ve done, not to throw it all away through complacency or through letting ourselves down at the last hurdle through being silly.

“The most important thing is we came into the game, we’re focussed and professional and we treat them with the same respect that we treat anybody else in the Premier Division.

“Now that we’ve had a taste of what this club can do and what can happen in the Markets Field like it was the other night, I think a lot of players are really eager to make sure we finish the job on Friday so that they can be a part of it again next year.”

“We’re in a good position. We would rather a couple of more goals, but that’s just the way it has gone now so we’ll go there full of confidence and looking forward to the game.

“I’ve played in Finn Park once before a couple of years ago; it was a tough place to go then, it’s a tough place to go now. It’s going to be a tough atmosphere I think.

“But they’re going to have come out now because they know they’re 1-0 down. They won’t be able to defend as much as they did in the first game. That will draw them out a bit more which will hopefully favour us.”