Williams salvages Limerick FC's unbeaten league run at Shels

Williams salvages Limerick FC's unbeaten league run at Shels

CHAMPIONS Limerick FC maintained their unbeaten record in the SSE Airtricity League First Division after a Robbie Williams volley eight minutes from time was enough to earn the Blues a 1-1 draw with Shelbourne on Friday evening.

Tolka Park has, at least in the past, played host to some of the most dramatic Limerick games. 

This particular encounter would have a talking point even before the team emerged from the tunnel as joint top scorer John O'Flynn didn't make it through the warm-up. 

He was replaced by joint First Division top scorer Chris Mulhall, with the Portlaoise native getting first stab at separating from both O'Flynn himself and Aaron Greene atop the goal-scoring charts.

Limerick were far from their sharpest from the off - being sloppy in possession and playing at a snail's pace. Shels hit the crossbar twice in the opening half hour, but were undone by a sloppy piece of defending by Paudie O'Connor. Adam Evans benefitted from the centre half's mistake and shot well past Hall after 23 minutes.

In a second half that saw Limerick make more of a statement than an effort, the equalising goal did eventually arrive in the 82nd minute when Shels failed to clear from a corner. The ball teed up in the air and Robbie Williams smashed home with a right-footed volley.

Limerick have now just four league games remaining in their quest to go through the First Division unbeaten.

LIMERICK FC: Freddy Hall; Paul O'Conor, Paudie O'Connor, Robbie Williams, Sean Russell; Shane Tracy, Shane Duggan; Lee-J Lynch, Garbhan Coughlan (Ross Mann, 46), Aaron Greene; Chris Mulhall.

SHELBOURNE: Jack Brady; Lorcan Shannon, Jack Tuite, Aidan Collins (Conor Keeley, 86), Reece McEnteer; Daire Doyle, Gavin Boyne; Dylan Kavanagh, Carl Walshe, Adam Evans; James English.

REFEREE: Simon Rogers.