White heat of battle : Tony Whitehead of Limerick FC in action against Christy Fagan St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park, Inchicore last weekend Credit: Conor Wyse
LIMERICK FC’s survival bid in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division reaches a critical point this Saturday when already relegated Drogheda Utd visit the Markets Field, 6.30pm.
Seventh-placed Limerick sit three points above the relegation zone in the Premier Division with now just three series of games to go.
Limerick will be looking to complete a hat-trick of league victories over Drogheda this weekend.
Captain Shane Duggan popped up with a priceless last gasp equaliser as Limerick secured a dramatic 2-2 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on Saturday evening.
Following this Saturday’s meeting with the already relegated Drogs’, Limerick FC host relegation-threatened Galway United at the Markets Field on Friday, October 20 at 7.45pm and finally Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Friday, October 27.
Limerick have taken five points from their last three league outings, with a 1-1 draw at Bray Wanderers followed by the 2-1 home victory over Cork and the 2-2 draw with St Pat’s last weekend.
Limerick FC manager Neil McDonald has been delighted with how the side has responded to the challenge of trying to push away from the relegation zone.
”We’ve battled and picked up some precious points. It shows that the team is all together, doesn’t give up and wants to be in the Premier Division next year,” McDonald said.
In the previous league meetings with Drogheda Utd this season, Limerick FC produced an utterly dominant display in dismissing the Co Louth side 3-0 in April with goals from Rodrigo Tosi, Chris Mulhall and Chiedozie Ogbene.
Limerick then defeated Drogheda 2-0 at United Park in June with goals in either half from Robbie Williams and Garbhan Coughlan.
Manager McDonald agreed that Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Saints was a good point for the Blues to pick up on the road as the Shannonsiders maintained their three-point advantage over eighth-placed Galway United.
McDonald said: “We’ve dominated games before and been beaten up with last minute goals, so it was nice to get one ourselves. It’s good to take a point away from home.
“I was stressed because we didn’t play to the level we have been doing in the past. We did well in the first half; created a few chances and should have scored more than we did.
”We’ve battled away though, and got our just rewards in the end to be fair.”
With six points separating the five teams placed between seventh and eleventh in the Premier Division, the relegation dogfight could well go down to the last series of fixtures.