Limerick FC secure important win over Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field

Andrew Cunneen at the Markets Field

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Limerick FC Bray Wanderers Markets Field

Limerick FC's Barry Maguire who scored tonight

LIMERICK PICKED UP their biggest win of the season as they moved nine points clear of fellow relegation strugglers Bray Wanderers at the foot of the table.

Tommy Barrett has been hamstrung by departures due to financial strain at the football club, and he was forced into making four changes. Daniel Kearns and Mark O’Sullivan have left the club, being replaced by Karl O’Sullivan and Connor Ellis respectively, while Shane Tracy dropped to the bench and Killian Brouder missed out through injury. Shaun Kelly and Barry Maguire came in, in their stead.

This game started in comedic fashion – a reflection of the circus-like manner in which both clubs have operated in recent times. Neither side could string more than a couple of passes together, and a run of errors produced three goals in the opening 20 minutes.

After just ten minutes, the returning Connor Ellis linked up well with Barry Maguire before the Dutchman played a square ball into the path of Corkman Cian Coleman to open the scoring.

Limerick native Ronan Coughlan lobbed Brendan Clarke from 20 yards, but they soon found themselves back in front after Barry Maguire tapped in a Connor Ellis cross.

The second half was a non-event, much to the pleasure of Tommy Barrett as his side picked up their first home win in eleven games to massively increase their chances of survival in the top tier.

Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Eoin Wearen, Kilian Cantwell, Billy Dennehy; Cian Coleman, Barry Maguire (Shane Tracy, 79); Karl O’Sullivan (Tony Whitehead, 57), Shane Duggan, Will Fitzgerald; Connor Ellis (Danny Morrissey, 66).

Bray Wanderers: Evan Moran; Sean Harding, Rhys Gorman, Sean Heaney, Kevin Lynch; Craig Walsh, Paul O’Conor; Jake Kelly (Ger Pender, 46), Gary McCabe (Conor Kenna, 27), Daniel Kelly; Ronan Coughlan.

Referee: Ray Matthews (Westmeath)

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