Russell says return to Markets Field is ‘big step forward’

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

The redeveloped main stand at the Markets Field complete with new seats. The venue reopens on Friday night with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash of Limerick FC and Drogheda United, 7.45pm
LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell says Friday night’s return to the Markets Field is a ‘big step forward’ for the club.

LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell says Friday night’s return to the Markets Field is a ‘big step forward’ for the club.

Struggling Limerick FC play their first fixture back at the redeveloped venue in 31 years when the Blues host Drogheda United in a crucial SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash this Friday night, 7.45pm.

Limerick will be desperate to record their first league win of the season against the Drogs as Russell’s relegation-threatened charges are currently sitting bottom of the table, trailing 11th-placed Bray Wanderers by six points.

Russell said: “I think it is a very big step forward for the club that it is able to get back into the Markets Field and hopefully it is something the club can build on and it is something to be proud of in terms of the playing surface.

“At the moment it is as good as there is in the country, so things like that are very positive and it is a step in the right direction, very much so.

“Listen, if we go and play the way we have done, we have every chance (of getting a win) on Friday.

“You can’t guarantee anything, people don’t mean to miss chances, but we are going into the Markets Field looking forward to the game with a belief that if we play well enough we can start to make the venue the kind of fortress that people are going to find it hard to come and get a result from it.

“Any help we an get from the supporters coming in to encourage the lads, we will appreciate it.”