Shane Tracy, Limerick FC, in action against Josh Mailey, Finn Harps Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
LIMERICK FC kicked-off life back in the First Division of the Airtricity League with an impressive 4-1 victory over 10-man UCD at the Markets Field on Saturday night.
New boy Aaron Greene bagged a brace of goals as Martin Russell’s side began their campaign to bounce straight back to the Premier Division with a convincing win before an impressive official attendance of 1,252.
Limerick, odds-on favourites to win the First Division at 2/5 with the bookies, fell behind to a goal on 19 minutes after Maxi Kouogun headed home from Gary O'Neill's free-kick.
The Blues drew level on 28 minutes when Greene superbly scored his first league goal for his new club with a terrific finish to the bottom corner.
UCD were dealt a blow shortly before half time when Brian Shortall was red-carded following an off-the-ball incident.
Two goals in as many minutes from Greene, his second of the game on 57 minutes, after being delightfully played in by captain Shane Duggan, and a third from new-boy Chris Mulhall in the 59th turned the game decisively in Liemrick’s favour.
Martin Russell’ side added a fourth goal through Shane Tracy on 73 minutes after John O’Flynn’s shot was blocked.