Limerick manager Martin Russell could see “positives” despite their loss to Shamrock Rovers at the weekend as he admitted that the opening goal dealt “a real blow” to his team’s confidence.
The Shannonsiders should have taken the lead past the quarter-hour at Tallaght Stadium when Shane Tracy’s corner was onto the head of Robbie Williams but, coming in at pace, he got under the ball and could only direct it off the crossbar.
Rovers hit the front 16 minutes later with a stunning long-range strike from Brandon Miele, and although Ian Turner brought the game back to 2-1 in the second half, Limerick could not recover as they lost 4-1.
The defeat saw their search for a first win of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season continue, and Russell felt their failure to break the deadlock cost them given their current predicament as they lie adrift at the foot of the table.
“We knew it was going to be a very tough game. But I felt up until their first goal that we were the better passing team,” Russell told LimerickFC.ie.
“Robbie hit the crossbar with a header and then they went and scored with a glorious strike from way out which put them ahead. In the second half, we were disappointed with some of the goals we conceded.
“Again, Rovers are going for Europe and they have a good squad. We would have liked to get into the lead when we were on top and then it possibly could have been a different game.
“But even though we were beaten I still felt there were positives in the game and the result was a bit harsh given our level of play in the first half.
“Robbie hitting the woodwork and then them scoring such a goal is a big swing. That changes the game, especially in our current situation where you are playing well and then the other team scores against you – it’s a real blow to your confidence.
“We brought it back to 2-1 but we made some errors which cost us. But in our play in between we were competitive.”
Limerick are now preparing for back-to-back home matches against Sligo Rovers on Saturday (1 August, 6.30pm) and Bohemians the following weekend (8 August, 6.30pm).
Date: Wednesday 29 July 2015