Soccer – Limerick FC versus Shelbourne preview

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Piece by Liam Togher

LIMERICK FC reached the 20-goal mark after just four games in the First Division with a 5-0 win away to Athlone Town last Saturday. The result maintains their 100 per cent start to the season and opens up a six-point lead at the top of the league within the opening month of the campaign.

Defenders Paudie O’Connor and Robbie Williams found the net to give Martin Russell’s side a 2-0 half-time lead in Athlone, with John O’Flynn, Lee-J Lynch and Shane Duggan getting in on the act to help the Super Blues to another impressive result.

Limerick captain Duggan saluted the democratic sharing of the five goals by as many players, as well as the team’s first league shutout of the season.

He said: “In every game we set targets and one of those targets was to keep a clean sheet. We haven’t managed it in recent games but we did it in difficult conditions and we still managed to get five [goals], so it was excellent.

“We’re sharing the wealth and it’s good for different people to pop up and get goals. That’s the way it should be. It shouldn’t always be down to the strikers.”

Limerick welcome Shelbourne to Markets Field this Saturday evening (kick-off 6:30pm) having accrued twice as many points from the first four league games of 2016 as they managed in their opening 21 last year and Duggan is simply wishing for more of the same from himself and his team-mates.

“It’s an excellent start for us to have maximum points and we’re scoring a lot of goals but it’s still early days. We have to keep it going. We’ve another home game this week and it’ll be a massive game against Shels, but I think if we keep playing the way we’re going, we’ll be very hard to stop.”

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