LIMERICK FC kick-off their three week mid-season break in the SSE Airtricity League First Division holding a 14-point lead over second-placed Drogheda Utd.
The division’s top two sides played out a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Markets Field on Saturday when substitute Ross Mann rescued a precious point for Limerick.
The result ended the Blues hopes of equalling or bettering Bohemians record 15-game winning start to their 1922-23 League of Ireland campaign.
Martin Russell’s side had won each of their opening 12 First Division games.
Afterwards manager Russell said: “We did salvage a point and it probably is a very important one as it keeps that distance between ourselves and the other sides going into the break.
“On reflection we are happy to have the lead we have in the table. If you said, at the start of the season, that roughly at the mid-way point we would be in this situation we would have taken it.
”I am pleased with that and with the fact we came back right at the death, didn’t lie down. I am happy with those things, but in terms of other parts of the game we probably should have won it doing things right.
”We were a lot better in the second half than the first and I thought we should have capitalised on that by taking our chances.
“Give credit to Drogheda, they worked very hard and they did well as well.
”The players have put a hell of a lot into the opening half of the season and if they put the second half there is no doubt we will go up.
”We talk about we are not going up to the Premier Division for the sake of it, we want to go up and be competitors.