Kildare County missed the chance to move off the bottom of the eircom League of Ireland First Division after a bullet header from Peter White and a late Paul Walsh penalty were the difference at Station Road.
After a dull first half, in which Colin Fortune came closest to scoring for the home side from a header after Cathal Brady’s corner, Limerick, and in particular John Tierney, took the game to the hosts in the second half. The on-loan striker tormented Kildare throughout the game and the half-time introduction of Gary Sheahan gave Limerick a front pairing that Kildare simply could not handle.
They were full of pace and movement and the only surprise was that neither made it onto the scoresheet. It was not for the want of trying though that they did not. Tierney went close twice in the opening stages of the second half, before White gave Mike Kerley’s team the lead in the 65th minute. Good work on the right between Sheahan and Brian Cleary created space and Cleary picked out White, who thumped a header past O’Neill from 12 yards.
Kildare tried admirably to claw a way back into the game and brought Trevor Bowers into their attack, but they were always susceptible to a quick breakaway. One such occasion led to Austin O’Neill pulling Tierney down inside the penalty area with five minutes to go.
O’Neill was shown a red card for his troubles and with no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, centre-half Colin Osbourne went in goal. But he was given no chance by Paul Walsh, who smashed his kick down the centre of the goal.
Kildare County: O’Neill; Donnelly (Hughes 80), Osbourne, O’Connell (Kavanagh 13), Isaaka; Brady, Slattery, Fortune, Mooney; Kilduff, Robinson (Bowers 62).
Limerick 37: Ryan; White, Cleary, Barrett, Purcell; Colbert (Hughes 60), Lyons, Walsh, Ryan (Sheahan h/t); Manjor (Scanlon 82), Tierney.
Referee: S Grant (Wexford).
Match Report courtesy of www.rte.ie/sport