Danny Morrissey rescues precious late point for Limerick FC at Shamrock Rovers

Colm Kinsella

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Danny Morrissey rescues precious late point for Limerick FC at Shamrock Rovers

Limerick FC goalscorer Danny Morrissey in action against Ethan Boyle, of Shamrock Rovers, during their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night

BATTLING Limerick FC picked up a precious point in a dramatic 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.

An 86th minute goal from Danny Morrissey helped Limerick earn a deserved share of the spoils. It is just Limerick’s second Premier Division point from their last seven league fixtures.

Eoin Wearen plays the ball through to Morrissey who turned well to ease into space before blasting a powerful strike past Rovers ‘keeper Kevin Horgan.

The point helped move second-from-bottom Limerick six points clear of basement side Bray Wanderers who do have a game in hand on the Shannonsiders.

Bray suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Waterford Utd on Friday night, while seventh-placed Bohemians were beaten at home by Cork City.

Third-from-bottom Sligo Rovers face St Pat’s on Saturday night.

The side finishing bottom of the Premier Division at the end of the regular season will be relegated automatically to the First Division, while the club finishing in ninth will be involved in a relegation play-off.

Limerick finished the game with 10 men as Cian Coleman was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Aaron Bolger.

Shamrock Rovers took the lead on 15 minutes through a terrific strike from Graham Burke whose shot from 25 yards with his left foot went in off the post giving Brendan Clarke no chance in the Limerick goal.

Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett made two changes to his starting line-up from the side well beaten by Dundalk on Tuesday night. 

Darren Dennehy and Danny Morrissey come back into the teams after injury, replacing Shaun Kelly who dropped to the bench and Tony Whitehead, who was unavailable due to a hamstring injury.

Next up for Limerick is a crucial away date with bottom side Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night next, April 27, at 7.45pm.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Kevin Horgan, Ethan Boyle, Ally Gilchrist, Lee Grace, Roberto Lopes, Aaron Bolger, Greg Bolger, Graham Burke (David McAllister 80), Ronan Finn (Sam Bone 80), Brandon Kavanagh, Gary Shaw (Dean Dillon 77).

LIMERICK FC: Brendan Clarke, Kilian Cantwell, Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan (Capt), Danny Morrissey (Barry Maguire 92), Connor Ellis (Shaun Kelly 37), Conor Clifford (Eoin Wearen 26), Killian Brouder, Will Fitzgerald, Billy Dennehy Darren Dennehy.

REFEREE: Neil Doyle