Tactics Board: Limerick FC need new midfield shape for Bray clash

Jason O'Connor


Jason O'Connor



Tactics Board: Limerick FC need new midfield shape for Bray clash

The midfield shape needed for Limerick's clash with Bray

The ink on last week’s article was only dry as Limerick FC fans set off for Oriel Park in hope rather that confidence.

To concede eight goals at any level is not acceptable and Tommy Barrett was visibly hurt in his post match interview.

The supporters who travelled to County Louth were also hurt, but the players are the only people associated with the defeat in Dundalk that can really rectify the situation.

Storm Emma has allowed the ‘Blues’ to sidestep Shamrock Rovers and face Bray Wanderers next at the Markets Field in what is already viewed as a massive game.

Bray themselves are off the back of a heavy six goal drubbing against Shamrock Rovers.

If Limerick can return to the ‘in your face’ aggressive work rate approach then the nightmare against Dundalk will quickly be forgotten.

On the flip side, defeat, even at this early stage against the Wicklow side will raise questions about Limerick's early season form and indeed what lies ahead.

The league table will soon begin to take shape I feel there will be five teams in a survival battle.

Both Limerick and Bray could be in that battle and with that in mind home games are crucial.

It wasn’t only the result in Dundalk which was a little surprising, as I feel it was a real opportunity missed to have had a look at a new formation.

A switch to a even more defensive 5-3-2 or even a narrow 4-4-2 might have challenged Stephen Kenny who was present in Limerick for the Bohs game.

A change in formation would not have altered the result but could possibly have altered the scoreline and allowed Tommy Barrett to view possible changes for games he has a more realistic chance of winning.

The break caused by snow has allowed the squad time to rest and recover and the manager the opportunity to consider altering the starting line up.

Pitting William Fitzgerald and Colm Walsh O’Loughlin in from the start against Dundalk was a massive ask and in direct opposition to the gentle approach young players often need at this level.

A second striker against Bray will be vital and in Conor Ellis Limerick FC have a young player inside the box who could be a perfect partner for Mark O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan, the polar opposite to Ellis at thirty five will work tirelessly for the team, run the channels and break chances for team mates.

A narrow midfield four would allow captain Shane Duggan more scope to be present in support of the front two as Coleman, Wearen and Billy Dennehy could work as protection behind him.

Left back is a position targeted by the opposition regularly in the opening three games and protecting this area of the pitch should be a priority.

The new manager may opt to promote Killian Brouder or Alan Murphy from the bench.

Barrett's XI for Bray will be an interesting selection.