Interim Limerick FC Manager Willie Boland was delighted with the performance of his players as the Super Blues left Richmond Park with a second away victory of the season.
“It’s a great result for the lads tonight. To go to St. Pat’s and win the game two nil, to keep a clean sheet, and most importantly getting those three points, I’m delighted with it. I thought the players tonight showed a magnificent attitude throughout the whole game, great work rate, and great commitment. They made good decisions at the right time and two good finishes. I’m delighted for Tony to get his first senior goal and John O’Flynn was very cool with the second goal.
Limerick went into the break with a deserved lead courtesy of a Tony Whitehead flick-on from a Shane Duggan free-kick. The captain’s low cross into the box from the right was met with the faintest touch from the 19-year-old defender, enough to change the direction of the ball ever so slightly and find it’s way past O’Malley in goal. While the visitors looked good for the lead from their first half performance, they were met with intense pressure from The Saints in the second as they sought a way back into the game.
“One nil down at home, they’re always going to come at you those first ten or fifteen minutes of the second half. We did find ourselves a little bit too deep on occasions but to be fair to the lads they dug in and put in a super super performance in keeping a clean sheet.”
Boland brought Dean Clarke into the game to replace Chris Mulhall before adding John O’Flynn into the mix shortly after. Rodrigo Tosi making way for the Cork man. It was a substitution that was to pay dividends as both were involved in the break-away move that lead to the second goal of the night for Limerick, and a first of the season for O’Flynn, securing the result in the process.
“Chris and Chiedozie were working extremely hard. I thought Roddie did very well for us in the first half; he held the ball up and dealt with sometimes not great service up to him because it was rushed as they were pressing us high up the park. The substitutes were brought on because those boys out there had given a lot and we needed some fresh legs in those positions to give us more on the break in that second half.
“Clarkey slid a great ball down the side to Chiedozie who showed great composure. John had made a super run. The timing of it was excellent, which it always is to be fair because his movement is excellent, but the weight of the pass in to John and the finish from it was very cool.”
Brendan Clarke, who had started the last three games, was facing his old side for the first time this season, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to boot. His crucial penalty save topping off a performance that kept the Super Blues in the game on more than one occasion.
“I thought Brendan was excellent tonight. His communication, his decision making, his distribution was superb. In the first half he made a superb save from a set piece. In the second half he came for a few crosses and took them. The penalty save was outstanding. It was a turning point in the game. If the had scored the equalizer at that stage they had the momentum and it might have been a difficult rest of the night for us. That save gave us that belief to go on and win the game.
“I think this result will give the lads a lot of confidence. We two home games coming up in the League, we should be going into that to game now next week against Drogheda full of confidence and belief. If we can another three points that puts us into a very very favorable position.”