Limerick FC pay penalty for spot kick miss in Longford defeat

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Limerick FC lose out to unbeaten Longford Town

Limerick FC's Shane Tracy

LONGFORD Town maintained their unbeaten start to the 2019 season with a 1-0 win over Limerick FC at City Calling Stadium this evening.

A 73rd minute Dean Byrne goal was enough for the home side to claim all three points on a night to forget for Tommy Barrett's men. 

A penalty miss in the 50th minute from Shane Tracy was Limerick's biggest regret on the night, while a straight red card for Sean McSweeney, nine minutes later did not help matters. 

The Blues were awarded that spot kick five minutes after the restart when Conor Ellis was bundled over inside the Longford penalty area.

However, Tracy's penalty kick was saved by Longford 'keeper Steacy.

Longford's Dean Byrne scored the only goal of the game with 15 minutes remaining as he smashed the ball past Blues keeper Brady to maintain the Midlanders unbeaten start to the season.

Limerick's second defeat in successive games - and third loss of the league season - has seen the Blues slip to sixth place in the First Division table, half a dozen points leaders Longford.

Next up for Limerick is a crucial home fixture against fifth-placed Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field on Friday night, May 3 at 7.45pm.