Resilient Limerick FC face Brandywell date with Derry City

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Resilient Limerick FC face Brandywell date with Derry City

Limerick FC's Connor Ellis shows a neat touch ahead of Hugh Douglas, Bray Wanderers, in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture at the Markets Field on Friday

FIFTH-PLACED Limerick FC will look to build on their gritty win over Bray Wanderers when facing Derry City in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at the redeveloped Brandywell tonight, Monday, 7.45pm.

An 81st minute headed goal from substitute Danny Morrissey helped Limerick FC pick up their second win of the campaign at the Markets Field on Friday night.

While Limerick will take to the newly refurbished Brandywell Stadium for tonight’s clash in confident mood, in contrast, the ninth-placed Candystripes come into the game off the back of a 6-1 away hammering against Shamrock Rovers.

Limerick gave a debut off the bench on Friday to their 28-year-old Dutch-Irish midfielder Barry Maguire who previously played with Utrecht and Den Bosch in Holland earlier.

Looking ahead to the trip to Derry, Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett said: “We are going to have a go against most teams now and see where we get.

”We have tried the kinda part where we sit off a bit, but I feel we should have a go.

“We had a go (v Bray) and we will have a go against Derry.”

Asked if he felt Derry away was a more winnable fixture that the two subsequent home games against champions Cork City on this Friday, 7.45pm, and Shamrock Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday, March 19, Barrett said: “It is hard to know. You don’t know what way games will go and again, the Brandywell, the last time we played on astro we lost 8-0 (v Dundalk).

“You don’t know, it is very hard to call. If we keep it tight and we get the bounce of the ball against teams like Cork or Rovers, you never know.

“I don’t think the Dundalk result is banished completely after this win. It is great character out of the lads to show that and get a good win.

”They could have gone into their shells, but they confident on the ball, but I still think you always have to have results like that (8-0 v Dundalk) in the back of your mind.

”How long – not forever, but certainly you don’t want to feel like that again this season.”