Sweet 16 the magic number for Limerick FC 

Sweet 16 the magic number for Limerick FC 

RECORD-CHASING Limerick FC will look to take a giant step towards securing a record number of wins at the start of a League of Ireland season this Saturday.

Runaway First Division leaders Limerick FC host second-placed Drogheda Utd at the Markets Field on Saturday, 6.30pm.

The Blues have won each of their opening First Division fixtures this season to sit 14 points clear of the second-placed Drogs’ ahead of Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash.

The record number of wins for a League of Ireland club at the start of a season is 15 set by Bohemians in the 1923-24 season.

Limerick became only the second League of Ireland team ever to win 12 on the bounce when defeating Shelbourne 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at Tolka Park on Sunday.

The league breaks for the start of the European Championships following this weekend’s fixtures.

Limerick FC manager Martin Russell said: “We just have to keep it going. It is not the First Division level that we want to be at. It is playing against the big boys in the Premier Division.

”We have a lot of work ahead of us, a massive amount of work on and off the pitch to get there. That is what we are trying to do.

”It starts by creating that gap and continuing to try and remain top of the Division.”

Free-scoring Limerick FC bagged their 50th league goal of the season through Lee-J Lynch in the weekend win over Shels. 

”We are creating chances in every game that we play which is good. That is the way we want to play and is something we hope to continue doing for the rest of the season.

“We are chasing the record of 15 wins. We want to get back into the Premier Division as soon as possible.

”We will try and win each game, but again we see that the opposition are not going to make it easy for us. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

”We were happy that we got the three points against Shels. There were a lot of decent stuff in getting the goals, buit equally then I am not happy with some of the stuff which went on in terms of them scoring and being in the game more than they should have been at certain times, especially at the end.