Connor Ellis on target again as Limerick FC held by struggling Athlone

Colm Kinsella

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Connor Ellis on target again as Limerick FC held by struggling Athlone

Connor Ellis was on target for Limerick FC for the second successive week in their 1-1 draw away to Athlone Town in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on Friday night

LIMERICK FC's bid for a hat-trick of wins in the SSE Airtricity League First Division was abruptly halted by a struggling Athlone Town side in their 1-1 draw at the Athlone Town Stadium on Friday night.

Limerick, who went into the game on the back of successive league wins over Cobh Ramblers and Cabinteely, had in-form striker Connor Ellis to thank for his second half equaliser against the side sitting second-from-bottom in the league table.

It was Ellis' second goal in as many weeks as he headed home the precious winner against Cabo' at the Markets Field seven days earlier.

The Blues had begun the night 14 points clear of ninth-placed Athlone in the table and would have fancied their chances of making it three wins on the bounce.

However, in the end, the visitors had to be satisfied with claiming a share of the spoils from the fixture ahead of their next First Division outing which is at home to Galway United at the Markets Field on Saturday, June 8, 6.30pm.

Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett made two changes to his starting line-up for the game in Athlone with captain Shaun Kelly and Karl O'Sullivan returning to the starting line-up.

After a quiet opening to the game, Athlone hit the front midway through the first half when midfielder Kealan Dillon fired the Midlanders in front with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

Limerick made their first substitution of the game 10 minutes later when Colm Walsh-O'Loghlen replaced Kieran Hanlon.

Athlone retained their slender 1-0 lead until half-time. 

Limerick needed to step up their performance level after the restart and they managed to do that.

On 57 minutes, the Blues created their best chance of the game to that point when substitute Walsh O'Loughlen created the opening with a terrific run. However, Connor Ellis' shot was saved.

Limerick and Ellis were not to be denied three minutes later, however, as the striker netted a precious equaliser for Tommy Barrett's charges. 

Neither side managed to find a winner over the remaining half an hour of a competitive fixture as the game ended in a stalemate.

ATHLONE TOWN: Aaron Myles, Aaron Brilly, Lloyd Buckley, Gavin Kearney, Kealan Dillon, Shane Dunne, Patrick Kelly, Kaleem Simon, Shane Stokes, John Morgan, Dean Williams.

LIMERICK FC: Jack Brady, Shaun Kelly, Killian Brouder, Robbie Williams, Jason Hughes, Kieran Hanlon (Colm Walsh O'Loughlen 33), Connor Ellis, Shane Tracy, Sean McSweeney, Karl O'Sullivan (Adam Foley 73), Darren Murphy. 

REFEREE: Tim Marshall