Waterford United struck in each half as Limerick, despite Ger Barry’s equaliser, fell to a 2-1 defeat in the Under-17 National League at Hogan Park on Sunday afternoon.
In what turned out to be a stale game, Limerick – without Brandon O’Halloran, Jack Lynch and Jesse Stafford-Lacey through suspension, illness and injury respectively – were looking for revenge against a team they had shipped six goals to previously.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead when they drilled a free-kick from the edge of the box underneath the wall and into the bottom corner.
Chances had fallen Limerick’s way but they were unable to convert. Waterford had been limited in their attacks but looked dangerous when going forward and took a one-goal advantage into the break.
At the start of the second half Limerick had more intensity and looked hungry for an equaliser and it was Barry who got the Blues back level when he cut inside and struck an excellent effort from outside the box with the ball looping over the ‘keeper.
Limerick looked more dangerous in the second period and they could almost have had the lead only for Barry Cotter to skew his shot wide when under pressure. Dave Sweeney and Shane ‘Georgie’ Fletcher also could have had the Blues in front but it was not to be.
And hearts were to break as Waterford latched onto a mistake in the centre of the pitch and after the ball was moved wide a dangerous cross was lashed into the net after a scramble in the six-yard.
Limerick pressed hard for the remaining minutes but to no avail with Waterford edging to a 2-1 win. Dave Dineen’s side are back on the road next Sunday when they face Cobh Ramblers at Saint Colman’s Park (kick-off 2pm).
Limerick: Cory McManus, Barry Cotter, Seán Madigan, Stephen Nolan, Lee Wall, Kevin Fitzgerald ©, Shane Fletcher, Andy Quid, Dave Sweeney, Aaron Fitzgerald, Ger Barry. Goal: G Barry. Subs: Matthew Dawson-Furey (GK), Brandon Murphy, Patrick McDonagh, Ronan Cahill.
Report Date: Sunday 11 October 2015