Limerick FC seek to get back to winning ways with Shelbourne trip

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Limerick FC seek to get back to winning ways with Shelbourne trip

Limerick FC’s Robbie Williams driving through the Wexford defence with Wexford Youths Jack Doherty hanging on to Robbie’s shirt Picture: Kieran Ryan-Benson

THIRD-PLACED Limerick FC face a trip to pre-competition favourites Shelbourne in a crucial SSE Airtricity League First Division fixture at Tolka Park this Good Friday night, 7.45pm.

Limerick’s four-game winning run in the First Division was ended in their 1-1 draw with second-from-bottom placed Wexford FC at the Markets Field last weekend.

Darren Murphy scored the ‘Blues’ goal as the home side recovered from falling behind to grab a share of the spoils before an official attendance of just 585.

This Friday night’s opponents, Shelbourne, sit in fifth place in the First Division table, just two points behind Tommy Barrett’s Limerick side.

Ahead of the trip to Dublin on Good Friday, Blues boss Tommy Barrett is urging caution.

Tommy Barrett said: “We have to be realistic to where we are at. If we can keep it tight and pick up points, you don’t know what can happen. It’s a long way to go.”

“It’s a very close league. Wexford have beaten Bray and took points off us. They were unlucky against Longford and Drogheda.

“The lads have done really well. You get days like that as well. We weren’t getting too carried away when we were winning and we’re certainly not going to get too carried away when we are drawing or dropping points. It’s very early in the year.”

The Blues boss said he was content overall with how things went against Wexford on Friday night, even though they couldn’t land the killer blow.

“It was difficult to break them down. We knew they were going to put 10 men behind the ball. They have done it against Drogheda and Longford in the last few weeks and both those teams scored late on.

“We didn’t move the ball quick enough, but it is difficult to play against. We still had a couple of chances where we should have won the game.

“Half-time for me was about keeping the concentration levels. We knew it was about stopping the set pieces and counter-attack but we got caught.

“I was happy with the response. We went up the pitch and scored straight away. We created a few chances after that but couldn’t get the winner.”

Friday night’s fixture away to Shelbourne is the first of two back-to-back away games for Limerick FC in the First Division.

The Blues face a trip to Longford on Friday, April 27, before playing their next home league fixture, a Friday, May 3 meeting with Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field.

Limerick’s upcoming opponents, unbeaten Longford currently sit on top of the First Division, two points clear of the Blues although the Midlanders also have a game in hand on the Markets Field side.

Incidentally, Limerick have managed to win two of their three away fixtures this season, while the Shannonsiders have also won two of their five home First Division fixtures this season. To date, Limerick have scored nine goals and conceded five.