Sunday 18th October 2009
Cork City put one over on Limerick at Bishopstown, leaving the possibility of qualification now out of our own hands.
Limerick FC had to play this game without a recognised goalkeeper after Brian Collopy pulled a hamstring while on first team duty. Darren Lynch manfully put his hand up to go in goal, however the plan to protect him fell apart after 10 minutes when Owen Forde took advantage of hesitancy in the Limerick defence to pass the ball into an empty net. Limerick to their credit came back into the game and before half time Bobby Tier met a high ball in a goal mouth scramble to put it in the net. However, what looked like a perfectly good goal was ruled offside, much to the annoyance of Limerick players and fans.
Early in the second half Limerick created good opportunities. Dean Finnan lobbed the keeper, but the shot went narrowly wide. Later Peter Balogh played a good ball out of defence to Jason Hughes who found Cillian O’Connor in space, but the Cork keeper saved well. The turning point came after 30 minutes when Kieran Kenneally latched onto a long ball and, following a mix up between Darren Lynch and Mike Sheehan in the Limerick defence, took his goal well. Limerick fought hard to get on the score sheet, to increase their goal difference and make Cork City’s task all the more difficult. Daniel Clinton ran onto a through ball from Cillian O’Connor and his clever chip was finger tipped away by the keeper for a corner. Late in the game Cillian O’Connor had another good chance when Peter Balogh put him through one-on-one with the keeper, but he shot over.
Wexford Youths are through to the quarter finals in top spot, but the second qualification place has yet to be decided. Limerick now anxiously await the outcome of the two remaining matches in Pool 2 in the hope that the results work out in our favour.
Limerick FC: Darren Lynch, Tomas Barrett (Derek Daly), Michael Sheehan, Jack Allen, Ian Storan, Daniel Clinton, Cian Doyle, Bobby Tier (Jason Hughes), Thomas Lyons (Peter Balogh), Dean Finnan and Cillian O’Connor.
Unused Subs: Ed Gallagher, Aaron Leahy.