LEADERS Limerick FC continue their push for automatic promotion back to the top flight away to Athlone Town this Friday, 7.45pm.
Martin Russell’s charges restored their 19-point lead at the top of the First Division with a 2-0 victory over Cobh Ramblers on Saturday.
The Blues also welcomed club captain Shane Duggan back from a 10-week injury lay-off in that game.
Limerick enjoy a whopping 39-point lead over Friday’s opponents Athlone Town in the table.
Athlone, who sit second-from-bottom in the First Division, did score a 1-0 win over Shelbourne earlier this month and lost out by just a single goal in their weekend defeat to Drogheda.
Russell said: ”We try and approach each game in a manner that we expect to play well. If we play well, then we think we can achieve.
”Drogheda found it tough against Athlone, even though Athlone were reduced to 10 men for a long, long time.
”We know from here on in, everyone wants to beat Limerick and everyone wants to stop Limerick.
”Athlone will see it as their big challenge. We will go there in good heart and whatever side we put out, I think we will be competitive.”
Defender Shaun Kelly made his 100th appearance for Limerick FC in the Cobh fixture.
Manager Russell is pleased to have club captain Duggan back 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.”