FREE-SCORING striker Chris Mulhall was netting his first hat-trick in senior soccer when helping the Blues to Saturday’s facile 4-0 victory over Waterford Utd.
Mulhall moved joint top of Limerick FC’s league scoring charts with John O’Flynn on 12 goals after netting three times in the Munster derby clash at the Markets Field.
Mulhall’s third goal brought Limerick FC’s tally in all competitions this season to 100.
Mulhall said: “I am delighted to get the hat-trick. It is my first in senior football. I will enjoy the moment.
”As with every game, I empty everything on the pitch. I don’t mind really if I don’t score as long as I help the team.
”Look, I got my reward today for working hard.
“There is a few of us there in the mix to be the club’s leading scorer in the league, John O’Flynn, Aaron Greene and Paul O’Conor is in the mix as well. People might be getting a bit greedy in the weeks ahead!
”But I would rather team awards any day than individual rewards. I don’t mind who gets it.
”Hopefully we will be celebrating a double (with the EA Sports Cup) at the end of the season.
”Having gotten the two earlier goals, once I spotted the penalty being awarded for the handball, I was running for the ball.
”A few lads behind me were shouting for the ball, Freddy Hall. I said not a chance – maybe the next one. I was just happy to put the ball away.
”We are all looking forward to the EA Sports Cup final. It is definitely the biggest game of my career so far. We have achieved the main objective with promotion, but this is massive.”
Limerick have no game next weekend as their scheduled opponents, Cobh Ramblers are in FAI Cup quarter-final action. The Blues next outing will be that EA Sports Cup final showdown with St Patrick’s Athletic at the Markets Field on Saturday, September 17.