Press Release 17/09/12

Weekly Press Release Tuesday 17/09/12

Next Game

Airtricity League

SD Galway V Limerick FC

Friday Sept 21th KO 7.45pm

Terryland Park, Galway.

Last Game

Airtricity League

Limerick FC 4 V 0 Mervue Utd

Friday Sept 7th KO 7.45pm

Jackman Park, Limerick.

Managers Notes

Pat Scully said “ We were much better against Mervue Utd in our last game. We played some good football and that must continue this Friday night away to SD Galway in Terryland. We must concentrate on our job and perform at our best and keep our destiny in our own hands as it is right now.”

Limerick FC U19

League of Ireland U19 Championship – Southern Division

Limerick FC 5 – 2 Mervue United

Limerick Scorers: Barry Sheedy(3), Reece Healy, Darragh Rainsford.

Sunday 16th September 2012

Limerick FC faced a Mervue United team with a 100% start to the season in this the 3rd series of under 19 National League games and despite the score line it was a match the home side should have had in the bag by half time but mid way through second half were nervously hanging on to a point.

The opening 5 minutes saw Limerick FC having Mervue United on the back foot with wave after wave of attack but then nervousness crept in to the home sides play with the usually composed passing being replaced by forced passes and this allowed the visitors to capitalise and go on the counter attack. However, the home net minder Nathan Murray was not troubled very often in his debut and he will grow in confidence from this experience.

In the 19th minute Reece Healy found space on right wing and his slick interchange with Barry Sheedy on edge of penalty area allowed Healy a one-on-one with visiting goalkeeper James Healy and on this occasion he was off his line quickly to smother the shot. The pattern of the match saw Limerick FC passing and probing and dominating in possession and territory but at the vital moment a poor pass would result in panic and one such moment allowed the hard working central midfielder for Mervue Untied Richard Fahy race past a static home defence on the 24th minute and Murray in the home goals was alert to the danger and was out to snuff out the danger.

The work rate and vision of Limerick midfielder Nathan Kelly was evident on many occasions as he was at heart of most things and overall can be very happy with his performance. The break through came on 25 minutes when Gavin Whyte advanced up left wing and his perfect pass in to space for Darragh Rainsford saw a low driven teasing cross met by the well timed run of Reece Healy and he made no mistake with the opening goal. This was to be the only goal of the half but of concern was the loss of Tino Nzvaura through injury and we hope his recovery is swift.

The opening minutes of the 2nd half saw some very loose play but another quick ball on 55 minutes from defence found Reece Healy in midfield who threaded his pass in to the run of full back Shane Costello and he pulled his pass back for the in running Barry Sheedy who doubled the lead. This should have signalled the end of the contest such was the dominance of Limerick but things started to go wrong with Mervue scoring two goals in 2 minutes on 63rd and 65th minutes to draw level. The equaliser was a stunning free kick by Ipswich bound Ryan Manning all of 35 yards out that would grace any goal of season competition.

The home side were shell shocked for a few minutes and Mervue grew in confidence until the Barry Sheedy wrestled back the initiative on the 69th minute as he set up Kieran Hanlon on edge of penalty area but he unselfishly half volleyed a pass in to the path of Sheedy who gave keeper no chance to take a 3-2 lead.

A few substitutions followed and Mervue were showing their tiredness but while creating opportunities Limerick were not making use of the possession and almost paid the price on 87 minutes when Darragh Rainsford was dispossessed on half way line and Ryan Manning showed his skill by twisting and turning would-be defenders and his low cross was inches from being met by his team mates and forcing an unlikely equaliser. This scare was the last chance for the visitors as 2 flowing moves out of defence firstly saw Barry Sheedy collect ball on half way line and his mazy run past a tired defence resulted in Sheedy securing his deserved hatrick and bringing his season tally to 6 but the last move of match saw Nathan Murray throw to Barry Sheedy and he turned provider for Darragh Rainsford who raced clear of the now missing in action defence and he rifled to the roof of the net.

This performance was not fluid or clinical enough for a squad and management who have worked very hard to date but a win after the defeat to Athlone in mid week was a priority and with another week on the training pitch ahead of them they will have something to build on for their trip next weekend to Longford Town.

Limerick FC: Nathan Murray, Shane Costello, Gavin Whyte, Tino Nzvaura, Tony Whitehead, Colm Murphy, Darragh Rainsford, Kieran Hanlon, Barry Sheedy, Reece Healy, Natahn Kelly, A.J O’Connor, Gavin Dillon, Dean Coughlan, Sean O’Callaghan, Ross Mann and Stephen Walsh,

Mervue United: James Healy, Eric Neary, John Rattigan, Padraig Keane, Dylan Thornton, Luke Tully, Eoghan Walsh, Richard Fahy, Dillon Murphy, Ryan Manning, Aaron McDonagh, Mark Gibbons, Evan Boyce, Sergio Nkolovala, Moise Assogba, Cian McDonnell, Shane McNamara and Conor O’Malley.

Referee: Robert Hennessy.

Limerick FC U19 manager Declan Farmer said ” We are happy to get back to winning ways and we played well at times, but we must be consistent and play the way we can at all times. We have a tough away game against Longford Town next Saturday and a much better performance is needed and I believe we will deliver it.”

Limerick FC U19’s play their next League game away to Longford Town on Saturday Sept 22th KO 2pm

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