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Disappointment in Tolka for Superblues

Disappointment in Tolka for Superblues

Limerick FC were left to rue missed chances after a pair of second half goals by a Shelbourne FC, rejuvenated since the arrival of Johnny McDonnell, overcame Axel Bossekota’s first half strike. The loss brought an end to the Superblue’s three game unbeaten run, but the loss did not cost the side their top half position.

Limerick FC started the game brightly and controlled possession right up until the quarter hour when a Shaun Kelly throw was headed on by Darragh Rainsford. A deft touch by Danny Galbraith released Axel Bossekota and the striker finished coolly under pressure. The Superblues continued to dominate but were frustrated by solid defending from the hosts, Bossekota came close with a header from a Dave O’Leary free-kick. Some last ditch defending denied Rainsford and Curran before Shelbourne almost claimed an unlikely equaliser. Barry Ryan went full stretch to save a long range shot and was quick to react when pushing the ball clear of Lee Murtagh, who raced in on the rebound.

The second half was to mirror the first as the visitors continued to dominate possession, though they were limited to half chances before Shelbourne equalised against the run of play. Brian O’Callaghan moved to intercept a long ball and was immediately put under pressure by Adam Hanlon, who emerged with the ball and shot low past Ryan. Shelbourne were buoyed by the equaliser and though Limerick FC continued to enjoy the bulk of the play, the hosts were content to sit back, invite pressure and broke effectively and with threat and it was from such a break, finished by Lee Murtagh that they found a led which, despite some late Limerick FC pressure, was to prove the winner.