LIMERICK FC’s survival hopes in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League suffering a shattering blow with Saturday evening’s dramatic 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field.
Basement side Limerick were stung by a 90th minute winner from Bray substitute David Scully who fired home a last gasp free-kick from the edge of the penalty area before an impressive official attendance of 1,452.
The struggling Blues, still without a league win this season, had earlier suffered a huge blow just after the hour mark when Sean Harding was sent off after picking up two yellow cards.
The returning Lee J Lynch missed an excellent opportunity to put Limerick ahead 15 minutes into the second half when he was put through on goalkeeper Peter Cherrie, but the Scot – who won the league with Dundalk last year – produced a brilliant stop.
The defeat sees Limerick slip eight points behind second-from-bottom Sligo Rovers in the Premier Division table. Limerick FC host Galway Utd in another crucial relegation fixture at the Markets Field on Saturday evening next, 6.30pm.
LIMERICK FC: Conor O’Donnell, Sean Harding, Robbie Williams, Aidan Price (Paudie O’Connor 56), Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner (Darragh Rainsford 69), Shane Duggan (Capt), Dean Clarke, Shane Tracy, Sean Russell, Lee J Lynch.
BRAY WANDERERS: Peter Cheerie, Hugh Douglas, Niall Cooney, Alan McNally, Michael Barker, Ryan McEvoy, Graham Kelly, John Sullivan, Peter McGlynn (Adam Hanlon 78), Gareth McDonagh (David Scully 84), Chris Lyons (Emeka Onwubiko 71).
REFEREE: Robert Harvey (Dublin)