Limerick FC on target to confirm league title

Limerick FC on target to confirm league title

LIMERICK FC will be crowned SSE Airtricity League First Division champions on Sunday evening – with just a draw needed against UCD.

Martin Russell’s Limerick sit 21-points clear at the summit with seven games to play and with a plus 44 goal difference are practically assured of the title already but all can be confirmed in Dublin’s Belfield on Sunday (6pm).

 A draw or a win against second placed UCD will secure the silverware for The Super Blues and an immediate promotion back to the Premier Division for next season.

Limerick were in the hunt for a treble but FAI Cup ambitions came to an end over the weekend with a 2-0 loss to St Patricks Athletic in Inchicore.

The manager now insists that confirming the league title is the primary target.

"That's the focus now. We want to get it done and dusted as soon as possible so the club can be back where it should be - taking another step in the right direction," said Russell.

Limerick have steam-rolled all in the First Division with just third-placed Drogheda Utd holding The Super Blues to two draws.

After this weekend focus will then switch to the September 17 EA Sports Cup final. That final takes place in the Markets Field and will be against FAI Cup opponents St Pats.

"I think we'll take a lot from what we did tonight in the first half. Once we're better in attacking areas, we'll have an even better chance. The pitch will suit both sides as both love getting the ball down,” said the Limerick manager after the loss to St Pats in the FAI Cup.

But ahead of Sunday evening’s UCD test, Limerick FC have international matters with a friendly against the Oman international team this Friday (7pm) in the Markets Field.

The game is a warm-up for Oman ahead of their tie with Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday August 31.

“It’s going to be an interesting challenge for the players,” said manager Martin Russell.

“As a football occasion it will be good to play against them. It’s nice for the club to get it and we will use it as best we can alongside our competitive season. I can see us using the majority involved with the first-team squad. It will be a good game to take in and when it comes around we’ll look forward to it,” said the Limerick manager.

Oman are currently ranked 106 in the world and are managed by Juan Ramón López Caro, was in charge of Real Madrid for a spell between 2005 and 2006. He previously coached Racing Santander, Celta de Vigo and Levante.