Limerick Under-17 assistant manager Gary Manning knows his team can catapult themselves into the mix at the top of the National League with victory at Cabinteely on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 4.30pm), but that they “want to get there playing the right way”.
The young Shannonsiders lie in sixth in eight-team Section One but will join second-placed Cabinteely on ten points if they net a win at Stradbrook.
Dave Dineen’s side are out to build on their first home win of the season last weekend, where they held on to beat Bray Wanderers 3-2 at Hogan Park on Sunday, making it seven points from their last four outings.
Key to that success were the impressive debuts of Brandon O’Halloran and match-winner Andy Quaid who had both progressed through the club’s Under-15s over the past year. And Manning says Limerick will continue to focus on their performance first and then worry about league standings.
“It’s nice to move up the table but we want to get there playing the right way, by playing attractive football and it is what we will persist with,” Manning told LimerickFC.ie.
“We are playing National League and motivation to play well and succeed should be a natural mentality with everyone.
“I expect Cabinteely to give us a tough game. They have performed well in the league so far and have some talent in their ranks. That being said, we have some great talent also and we are putting in strong performances. We just need to be consistent and do it for 90 minutes and stick to what we do best and that’s playing football.”
Reflecting on last weekend’s win – where Shane ‘Georgie’ Fletcher continued his impressive scoring streak while Jack Lynch also netted along with Quaid – Gary added: “I was very happy with the first-half performance; the team played exceptionally well and showed real desire.
“We had two young debutants in Andy and Brandon and they both acquitted themselves well. In the second half, we dropped off and conceded two silly goals which we have made a habit of and Cory (McManus) made some great saves to keep us ahead.
“Training has been really good and positive this week. We played a good strong first half last week and the players can see how they are progressing themselves and in that there is a knock-on effect.
“Training is tough and everyone is putting in great effort; in order to succeed it takes a lot of hard work and you get out what you put in.”
While Limerick have put a good run together, taking seven points from 12 having lost their first two games, Cabinteely are out to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at runaway leaders Cork City last Saturday. That was their first defeat since the opening day.
Preview Date: Saturday 19 September 2015