Russell happy that young guns are stepping up

Russell happy that young guns are stepping up

LIMERICK FC boss Martin Russell was once again pleased with his side as they showed their class in the second half on Friday night in the RSC grounds in Waterford.

Limerick won 5-1 in the end thanks to a strong finish and Russell that his side were able to move through the gears when required.

“Yeah it worked out well in the end,” he told after the game. We came in at half time level and asked the lads to produce a bit more in the second half. The response was great and pleased to have seen that in them tonight. We’ve come away with more positives than negatives again.”

Russell was full of praise for youngster Sean McSweeney who put in an impressive display and reckons that the club’s younger players will get their chance as the season goes on.

“(Sean) created that vital second goal that put us back into the lead again. Great little pass and he put in another couple of killer passes as well. It’s more valuable experience for him to get him to the pitch of things. As you go up the ladder of football things get quicker. He’s learning it on the go and it’s been good to give him experience. He’s done well tonight.”

Russell was also quick to heap praise on his strikers Chris Mulhall and Aaron Greene while getting Garbhan Coughlan back on the field after his recent injury woes was another positive.

“Forwards are there to score and create and both of them had an impact there again tonight. Chris had to come off in the first half as he got injured and Aaron had to fill in as the main striker and did well.

“Good to see Garbhan back as well. Hopefully we’re close to getting most of them back. (Shane) Duggan shouldn’t be too far away now either. And it’s healthy that we’ve got competition and good to see Garbhan scoring as well.”

But despite the strength and experience in his squad, Russell has no issue with giving the younger players their chance to shine.

“We’ll always say to the young players there will be competition in the first team, especially when everyone is fit and it will come tougher for them. But with injuries that are happening there will be opportunities that will come their way. And they just have to be ready for it.

“Like I’m really pleased that the ones that have got their chance are able to impact it. We’re just looking for them to keep on improving. Definitely in Limerick if you’re showing it in the U-19s, it gets registered and when the chance comes along it’s up to them to take it.”