Friday 4th July 2008
Limerick 37’s Irish-American owner Jack McCarthy laid on hot dogs and beer to celebrate Independence Day at Jackman Park. But it was two goal Gary Sheehan, Tommy Barrett and David Ryan that provided the July 4th fireworks at the Lower Careys Road venue.
Limerick looked up for this game from the start and almost opening the scoring inside the opening two minutes when Colin Murray deflected inches wide of his own post. Chukwuma Manjor slipped a ball through for Sheehan who was denied by the legs of ex-Limerick keeper Austin O’Neill.
Paul Danagher then had an effort cleared off the line before Barrett drilled a low 30-yard free kick under the wall into the net after Manjor was fouled.
Paul Walsh’s audacious lob almost doubled his side’s advantage on the 16th minute – but O’Neill got back onto his line to redeem his under-hit clearance which set up Walsh in the first place.
Sheehan who scored a goal in last weekend’s 2-0 away win over Dundalk then netted a contender for goal of the season, running from just inside the opposition’s half and leaving three defenders in his wake on the right before hammering low and hard into the net from inside the box on the half-hour mark.
Mike Kerley’s side then hit their third when David Ryan broke in from the left before seeing his cross-cum-shot deflected off O’Neill over the line with Walsh making sure the ball hit the back of the net.
The hard-working Manjor almost made it four after the break but O’Neill once again saved with his legs before Sheehan found the net from inside the box with another class finish after being set up by Walsh.
Kildare tried hard for a least a consolation late on but were shut out by the Shannonsiders who were applauded off the field at the end of a one-sided ninety minutes.
Limericks young side are on a roll now and expectations are rising on shannon side as to where Mike Kerley can take his new young charges, a result next week away to Shelbourne could start to make people dream the impossible.
Limerick 37: Ryan, Daly, Cleary, Danaher, Barrett, Colbert (White 72), Hughes (Goggin 67), Ryan (Hayes 70), Walsh, Sheehan, Manjor.
Kildare County: O’Neill, Slattery, Tyrel, Roche (Donnelly 37), Fortune, Murray, Kavanagh (Morgan 80), Gorman (Robinson 69), Brady, Kilduff, Baba.
Referee: J McLoughlin