LIMERICK FC’s relentless promotion march continued on Friday night when the First Division leaders defeated Athlone Town 2-0 at Athlone Town Stadium.
Goals in either half from Aaron Greene and Robbie Williams helped Martin Russell’s side secure their 17th win in 18 league games this season.
The only question now remaining to be answered in the promotion race is what will Limerick secure an automatic return to the Premier Division for next season.
The latest win sees runaway leaders Limerick move 20 points clear of second-placed Drogheda Utd who defeated Shelbourne.
Third-placed UCD can reduce Limerick’s lead to 19 points with victory away to Cobh Ramblers on Saturday evening, however.
Leaders Limerick went in front on 11 minutes when Aaron Greene scored, following a superb pass from Lee-J Lynch.
The Blues maintained their 1-0 lead to half-time, but it took a fine save from visiting goalkeeper Hall to deny the Midlanders an equaliser after 58 minutes.
Crucially, Limerick doubled their advantage on 63 minutes when Robbie Williams powerfully headed home following a corner on the left.
Next up for Limerick FC is a home fixture with Shelbourne on Friday, July 29, at 7.15pm
ATHLONE TOWN: Jamie Quinn, Daniel Molloy, David Brookes, Jack Quinn, Ian Fletcher, Daragh Concannon, Conor Barry, Colm Coss (Capt), Ronan Hanaphy, Roy King, Michael Monaghan.
LIMERICK FC: Freddy Hall, Shaun Kelly, Robbie Williams, Paul O’Conor, Lee-J Lynch, Shane Duggan (Capt) (Sean Russell 67), Aaron Greene, Shane Tracy, Tony Whitehead, Ross Mann (Stephen Kenny 62), Chris Mulhall (Garbhan Couglan 80).
REFEREE: Michael O’Connor