Limerick boss Russell says Blues can down 'Saints'

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Limerick boss Russell says Blues can down 'Saints'

LIMERICK FC boss Martin Russell believes the new First Division champions are capable of downing Premier Division St Patrick’s Athletic in Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final but only if the Blues perform to their best.

A full house of 4,300 is expected to attend Saturday night’s glamour final at the Markets Field which has a 5.30pm kick-off.

Limerick FC bosses expect the game to be a sell-out.

Russell’s Limerick side are looking to complete a big season double, having already achieved promotion to the Premier Division by winning the First Division title.

Gates at the Markets Field will open at 4pm on Saturday.

The 1,350 tickets for the Main Stand have already been distributed. The away stand caters for 360 St Patrick’s Athletic supporters. 

Tickets will not be on sale at the venue on match day. 

Fans unable to get their hands on tickets can watch the final live on eirSport 1 from 5pm.

Manager Russell served as assistant manager to Liam Buckley at Saint Patrick’s Athletic prior to taking over at Limerick in 2014.

Martin Russell said: “When we sat down at the start of the season, we wanted to do as well as we could in the league and try and set standards above everybody else that would have us going in the right direction. That hasn't changed. 

“People said we won the league against UCD and people wondered what were we going to do for the rest of the season. I think the win (4-0) against Waterford Utd answered that. 

“We want to remain competitive, we want to win games, want to keep our attacking play going. yes, one or two will get a chance possibly. But whatever team we are putting out, we are putting it out to win games. 

“We will train well in the lead up to Saturday’s Cup final to get ourselves prepared for what is going to be a very difficult game, but one we are capable of winning if we play to our best.

“We more or less have a gameplan and they know their job by now. It is about doing it on the night against St Pat's.”