Tuesday 20th May 2008
Sporting Fingal did the double over Limerick after recording a fully-deserved win at Jackman Park. Goals in either half from Robbie Doyle, Colm James and Dinny Corcoran piled the misery on Limerick who have taken just one point from our last four home games.
Neither side created much of note in the opening 15 minutes, although Derek Tyrell’s cross from the right was allowed to drift dangerously across the Lims six-yard box. At the other end, Brendan Daly directed his free-kick from a promising position on the right straight into the hands of Fingal keeper Steve Williams.
Fingal almost opening the scoring in the 20th minute, Robbie Doyle seeing his diving header from a Peter Hynes cross brilliantly saved by Limerick netminder Dave Ryan.
In the first move of note in the opening half hour, Donie Curtin was taken down on the edge of the box after a neat exchange of passes with Darren Harrington whose free-kick deflected off the Fingal wall before landing on the roof of the net.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 32nd minute after Wayne Colbert was adjudged to have fouled Philip Byrne inside the area in what looked to everyone in the ground a laughable dive, but referee Kelly saw it differently – Doyle stepped up and dispatched the penalty.
But Lims were back on level terms just after the break when Donie Curtain netted from the spot after Derek McCarthy was taken down by Brian Kelly. But parity was short-lived as Colm James rifled home a Doyle cross from inside the box in the 49th minute after a couple of defensive mistakes.
Minutes later the hosts were nearly back on level terms, Harrington seeing his goalbound volley deflect off Philip Byrne to safety. Limerick had a great chance to equalise in the 79th minute as Fogarty had a free header from 6 yards only to see his effort saved by Williams in the Sporting goal.
Doyle was again involved in the 81st minute, racing down the right before passing to Dinny Corcoran who sealed his side’s second win over Limerick this season with a low eight-yard finish.
Limerick 37: Ryan, Daly, Cleary, Danaher, Barrett, White, Colbert, Harrington, Curtin (Fogarty 60), McCarthy (Ryan 75), Quinlivan (Bruton h/t)
Sporting Fingal: Williams, Tyrell, Kelly, Rogers, Collins (Cafferey 62), Byrne, C Byrne, James, Hynes (Corcoran 76), Gannon (McArdle 87), Doyle