LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell praised his side’s work ethic as the Blues took another giant step towards securing instant promotion back to the Premier Division.
Limerick FC fans were chanting; ‘Going up, going up, Limerick’s going up’, before full-time at the Markets Field on Saturday night as the Blues bagged a 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.
Manager Russell said: “The lads have worked very hard to get to where they are and again they should be applauded for the efforts they have put in.
”We created more chances to score more goals, but Cobh had one or two chances too through errors that we made, so we will take 19 points clear and move on to the next one.
”Lee-J Lynch’s goal was a terrific individual goal. He has stuck the ball through one players legs, beat another one before pinging the ball from outside the box which nestled in the corner.
”Lee-J also played a part in Mulhall’s goal who scored with a perfect header.
”It was good to get those two goals mid-way through the first half and I think we controlled the game up to last 20 minutes when we were not as tight as we should have been.
”Cobh are a side that don’t lie down. They keep on going to the end. They were coming off a win over Drogheda last weekend.
”We know we have a lot of work to do to get to the level we think the club can get to. The main thing is that we are heading in the right direction and we keep working at it.
Russell is pleased that club captain Shane Duggan made his long-awaited comeback from injury, while the recently returned Aaron Greene also got more valuable gametime under his belt.
”Both players have been out for a substantial amount of time. You need a recovery period when you get back in to get yourself at full pelt.
”The main thing is that they are both on the field and we can continue to work on the training ground with them and with the second half of the season hopefully still having many more big games ahead, they want to play their part definitely.”
The official attendance of 1,200 on Saturday was almost 400 up on the turnout for the UCD fixture in early July.
Russell said: “There was an improvement in the attendance tonight and that is great.
”We want to keep it growing. You only have to talk to the Chairman, the man who has the figures to tell you how important gates are to the club.
“We need to increase them. Otherwise the reality is that instead of growing the squad, you end up cutting the size of the squad.”