MSC PREVIEW: “WE’LL USE IT AS A TRAINING EXERCISE” – TAYLOR
Limerick manager Stuart Taylor says their Munster Senior Cup semi-final against Rockmount at Turner’s Cross on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) is “another game for us and we’ll use it as a training exercise”.
The Superblues secured their first SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win of the season on Friday night when Rory Gaffney’s early second-half goal fired them to a 1-0 victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
That moved them onto six points after six games as they jumped back above Sligo Rovers in the standings, ahead of next weekend’s visit of point-less Athlone Town to Thomond Park.
Before that, Limerick are involved in the last four of the Munster Senior Cup – a competition they have won 12 times, most recently in 2012 – with non-league Rockmount standing in their way of a final against Douglas Hall.
But silverware is not on the mind of the boss, with Sunday’s game set to feature current fringe players along with a number of Under-19s.
Centre-half Michael Leahy, who arrived at the club from UCD over the winter, is also set to make his club debut after recovering from injury.
“We’ll play everybody that wasn’t involved on Friday and we’ll bring in some younger players to give them a run-out,” Taylor told LimerickFC.ie.
“It’s the end of their season but we’re trying to keep them involved in the first-team environment. We’ll give them the experience of going and playing because we’re playing at Turner’s Cross, it’s a fantastic surface and it will be good for them.
“It will be a good exercise for the boys. It will give the players who haven’t been playing as much or haven’t played a run-out. It gets them 90 minutes. It’s a good surface to go and work on. We’re looking forward to it.
“It’s another game for us and we’ll use it as a training exercise. That’s the way we’re looking at Sunday’s game.
“At the moment, in all honesty, we don’t know a lot about Rockmount but we will get the lowdown on them before the game. But it’s not what they do – it’s what we do.”
This year, Limerick overcame Ringmahon Rangers in the quarter-finals in February. That was a game in Cork where the Superblues fell behind early on before goals from Kieran Hanlon, Shane Duggan, Shane Tracy and Gaffney gave them a 4-2 win.
Rockmount, meanwhile, passed the challenges of Youghal United, Avondale United – both after a penalty shootout – and Glasheen to reach this stage.
While some of the squad will be in Cork, those who played on Friday will take part in a recovery session back in Limerick.
If you can’t make the game, you can follow all the action right here on LimerickFC.ie from kick-off time.
Preview Date: Saturday 12 April 2014