FOLLOWING last Friday’s 2-1 win away to UCD, Limerick FC set a new record for the most wins at the beginning of a First Division season, the triumph in Belfield being their eighth in succession since the league started to leave them 10 points clear of nearest challengers Cobh Ramblers.
Captain Shane Duggan led by example, scoring both of the Super Blues’ goals as they narrowly maintained their 100 per cent record for 2016. He opened the scoring on 15 minutes as Limerick started the game brightly, but UCD enjoyed more of the play as half-time drew nearer and Ryan Swan equalised two minutes before the interval.
Having coasted through a few of their games this season, Limerick had to show their resilience in this encounter, and they did just that as Duggan restored their lead in the 49th minute.
Both teams finished the game with 10 men, with UCD having goalkeeper Niall Corbet sent off (the subsequent penalty from Shane Tracy was saved by ex-Limerick keeper Conor O’Donnell) and Robbie Williams getting his marching orders for a professional foul a few minutes later.
The one-goal margin of victory was the Super Blues’ narrowest of the season thus far. Duggan felt that the First Division leaders fell short of the standards that they had set in previous games.
He said: “It probably wasn’t our best performance. We got a bit sloppy at times but it’s a tough place to go and it’s a good sign that we weren’t at our best and we still came away with three points.
“I thought we started really well. We were passing, moving and creating chances but I felt that, about 25-30 minutes into the first half, we got a bit sloppy and once we conceded, they had a bit of a spell. We came back into it but I think in the last 20 minutes we became a bit sloppy again. We’ve to cut those mistakes out but it’s pleasing to get the three points and keep the 100 per cent record going.”
Limerick have two home fixtures coming up in the next week. On Saturday evening, Waterford United visit Markets Field in the First Division (kick-off 6:30pm) and then Galway United are in town on Tuesday for an EA Sports Cup quarter-final clash (kick-off 7:15pm).