Limerick Under-19 manager Tommy Barrett knows that “you need to be winning your home games or at least getting results” if they want to reach the Knockout Phase, with Cork City visiting Hogan Park for a National League Munster Derby on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
The young Shannonsiders have already suffered a setback, going down to a late goal from Waterford United at the venue last week, although they recovered from that with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Wexford Youths on Sunday.
That moved Barrett’s side onto six points after three games but there is little room for further error if they are to seal a place in the Knockout Phase – like they did as Champions last term.
The boss is aware of how important their form at Hogan Park will be, and there will be nothing easy gained this weekend against Cork, who have had a mixed bag from their three games to date.
“Cork are always a good side; they have been the standard-bearers in the league, winning it three times in a row,” Tommy told LimerickFC.ie.
“Last season was the first time they haven’t won it and they still qualified for the Knockouts. They have very good players, like Connor Ellis who is in the Ireland Under-19 squad. They’re a good experienced squad at this level.
“They have a new manager in, Stephen Bermingham from Cobh. They have at least two new players from Cobh who are starting. They will have similar players to last season although they will probably play slightly different.
“We beat them at home last year which stood to us well. We lost two games at home last season, and we’ve already lost one this year so we don’t want to lose another one. If you want to qualify you need to be winning your home games or at least getting results.
“We’ll mix it up again and make a few changes to suit Cork, which we always do. We keep things fresh, and hopefully we can get another three points.”
While Limerick brushed aside Wexford, Cork’s most recent outing saw them defeat Bray Wanderers by the same scoreline at Bishopstown as they claimed their first win.
They had lost 1-0 at UCD on opening day before being held to a 2-2 draw by local rivals Cobh Ramblers, a game where they had led by two goals at home.
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Preview Date: Saturday 5 September 2015