Limerick FC U-19s face Shels in league play-offs

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick Fc's U-19 side look to add more silverware to their Southern Elite Division League win, pictured above, when Tommy Barrett's side face Shelbourne in the national league quarter-finals at Hogan Park this Sunday, 2pm
UNDER-19 Southern Elite Division league winners Limerick FC host Shelbourne in the League play-off quarter-finals at Hogan Park this Sunday, 2pm.

UNDER-19 Southern Elite Division league winners Limerick FC host Shelbourne in the League play-off quarter-finals at Hogan Park this Sunday, 2pm.

Limerick FC claimed the Southern title with a thrilling 1-0 away win over Cobh Ramblers in their final game of the regular seaso-n last week.

Limerick KC U-19 manager Tommy Barrett said: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s good for the boys to be in the quarter-final and it’s a good venue in Hogan Park. We trained there on Wednesday to get the boys used to the pitch; it will be their first time playing there, for most of them.

“We had been playing on astroturf at home recently. It wasn’t ideal - we’re glad to be back on grass.

“The aim now is to beat Shelbourne, hopefully. We’ll take it game-by-game. We’ll be going out to win, as we do in every game. Hopefully we can get a result on Sunday.

“I’m not sure what (squad) I’ll have until after the senior side face Bray Wanderers in the Premier Division on Saturday because there are a few lads in with the first team, which is what we want.

“We don’t really want those boys back - Paudie (O’Connor) is up with the first team now. I think he needs to stay there. I’d rather him stay there.

“We might have Ross (Mann), Val (Feeney) or Seán (McSweeney) if they don’t get game-time on Saturday. We might have full use of them.

“Alan Murphy is out. He has a broken bone in his foot so he’ll be out until the end of the season. Other than that, we should have more or less a full squad, bar Paudie.

“I think we have to be confident. We’re at home. We’re unbeaten in nine games so we’re confident but not over-confident.

“We know it will be a tough test. Shelbourne are always a good side. We’ll go and try our best.”