Friday 12th September 2008
James Keddy netted twice in a thrilling final ten minutes to claim all three points for Shelbourne at Jackman Park. The Shels striker opened the scoring for the visitors with nine minutes remaining with an excellent finish from inside the box.
But Limerick were back on level terms in the 86th minute when Tommy Barrett guided a stunning free kick into the back of the net. However, Keddy found the net with a brilliant free kick of his own one minute later – a rising 20 yard drive which flew into the roof of the net.
Shels, dominated the opening fifteen minutes and went close when Phil Gorman planted a looping header over from a Mark O’Brien cross. James Keddy’s header back across the six yard box from an Alan Murphy cross was cut out by Lims keeper Dave Ryan on the half hour.
Darren Forsyth then missed a glorious opportunity to open the scoring minutes later. Mark O’Brien began the move on the right, crossing low for the Shels front runner, who somehow managed to miscue his shot over the bar from six yards.
Limerick finally sprang to life five minutes from the break with John Tierney rifling an angled drive from the edge of the box off the post. And Gary Sheehan saw his weak follow up effort from inside the area cleared off the line by Alan Keely.
The hosts should have opened the scoring five minutes into the second half – but Jason Hughes headed a Paul Walsh cross over from eight yards. Shelbourne’s pressure game kept the Shannonsiders on the back foot for the next fifteen minutes but yielded little in the way of scoring opportunities for the visitors.
But Mike Kerley’s side might have had a penalty when Damien Brennan appeared to handle a Wayne Colbert shot on the ground. Hughes was then pulled back on the edge of the box for a free kick when the ref might have applied the advantage rule with 18 minutes remaining. However, David McAlister almost edged his side in front at the other end, but his low shot was blocked down by Brendan Daly.
Both sides seemed destined for a share of the spoils at this stage – until Keddy and Barrett netted three goals of top class quality.
Limerick 37: Ryan, Daly, Barrett, Danaher, Purcell, Hughes, Colbert, Walsh, Ryan, Tierney (Manjor 80), Sheehan (Lyons 84)
Shelbourne: Delaney, Murphy, Hedderman, Keely, Brennan, O’Brien, McGill, McAllister, Gorman, Forsyth (Flood h/t), Keddy.
Referee: P Caschera (Dublin)
Match Report courtesy of www.rte.ie/sport