Limerick FC's Barry Maguire wins possession ahead of Waterford FC's Gavan Holohan in Good Friday's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash at the Markets Field
LIMERICK FC manager Tommy Barrett was again left to rue their lack of potency in front of goals as high-flying Waterford FC inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Shannonsiders at the Markets Field on Good Friday.
Eighth-placed Limerick have managed a total of just four goals in their nine Premier Division fixtures this season, the equal lowest tally in the top flight along with basement side Bray Wanderers.
Limerick’s cause has not been helped by the absence through injury of key players, including midfielder Eoin Wearen (groin), striker Mark O’Sullivan (hand) and forward pair Daniel Kearns (quad) and Danny Morrissey (groin).
Former Republic of Ireland U-21 international Courtney Duffus bagged his fourth league goal of the season in the first half to put Waterford ahead, while captain Paul Keegan made sure of all three points late on from the penalty spot. That was the fourth penalty Limerick have conceded in their last five games.
Former Limerick FC midfielder Bastien Hery was hugely influential all through for last season’s First Division champions.
Reflecting on their defeat to third-placed Dundalk, Limerick boss Barrett said: “I think in the first 20 minutes we were definitely the best team. We were by far the better team, actually. We were playing good football, created the most chances.
“But you have to take your chances. I don’t think anyone has come back (from falling behind) bar Bohs this year to win a game. when they went behind.
“You got to take the lead. It is very important you take the lead in this league and we haven’t been doing that.
“For their first goal, it was a squad pass. One pass from them, our centre backs have to do better as well, close the man down inside the box, you got to close him, simple as that.
“We haven’t got players who have scored at this level on the pitch and I think at the moment that is our biggest problem. That’s the difficulty.
“With the boys we are missing, we are not creating enough, it is not sticking up there enough. We need those three or four back now at this stage.”
“With our defenders, there is a lot coming back on them as well because we are not holding the ball up enough.”
Limerick FC face Cobh Ramblers in the second round of the EA Sports Cup at the Markets Field on Easter Monday, 5pm.
Limerick’s next outing in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division is a crucial date with seventh-placed Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night, 7.45pm.