IRE Prem
Date: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 2017
Venue: Markets Field
Ref: Jim McKell
Att:

Rodrigo Tosi 10' -
Peno Scored: 10'


Peno Miss: 41'
- George Poynton 41'



League Preview: Limerick - v - Bohemians

Sat, Aug 19 2017

Limerick looking for a win over Bohs to help their flagging league campaign Credit: Tom Beary

LIMERICK

Relegation threatened Limerick will play host to Europa League chasing Bohemians in an intriguing encounter in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division at the Market’s Field on Saturday evening (kick-off 6.30pm).

 

Limerick will be desperately looking to get back to winning ways in the league to ease their relegation worries with a victory over Bohemians. The Super Blues suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home at the hands of Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday evening leaving the Shannonsiders just a point above the drop zone.

 

It was a disappointing result for the Treaty men especially coming off the back of a resounding 3-0 away win over Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park in the second round of the FAI Cup last Saturday night.

 

A double salvo from Garbhan Coughlan and a strike Chiedozie Ogbene in the first half did the damage and helped Limerick to progress to the next round and a home tie against Finn Harps.

 

The Super Blues league form has been dreadful over the past few months with the side from the Mid-West picking up just one win in their last six matches in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division with a 2-0 away win over bottom side Drogheda United at United Park and have now lost four of their last five league matches.

 

Limerick boss Neil McDonald was clearly left disappointed by the defeat to Shamrock Rovers telling www.limerickleader.ie “all my emotions are all over the place at the moment so I have to be careful what I say. I think we were not very good tonight, certainly with the ball. I thought defensively not too bad, but we have conceded another goal from a set play.”

 

Limerick boss McDonald empathises with the feeling of frustration from the Super Blues supporters stating “I totally agree with the fans. I thought the fans had every right to shout and bawl at me as well as the players because we have let the fans down today.”

 

Limerick need to stop the rot and earn a much needed three points to avoid being dragged further into a relegation battle.

 

BOHEMIANS

Bohs will be looking to bolster their European ambitions by taking all three points back to the capital with them after a tricky trip to the Mid-West.

 

The Gypsies look to quickly erase the memories of the bitter disappointment of being dumped out of the FAI Cup at the hands of Finn Harps at Ballybofey in a pulsating cup tie which saw Bohs coming out on the wrong side of a seven goal thriller after extratime.

 

Bohs league form has been decent lately with just one defeat in their last four games with a narrow 1-0 home defeat by Derry City but are unbeaten in their last three league matches with impressive away wins over runaway league leaders Cork City (1-0) and rivals Shamrock Rovers (2-1) and a scoreless draw against Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park in their last league outing.

 

The Gypsies boss Keith Long believes his side have the mental strength to put that cup defeat to one side and concentrate on getting back to winning ways telling www.bohemianfc.com.

 

“We all know we’ve got to pick ourselves up, we have no other choice. The lads were devastated at the manner of the defeat at Ballybofey. You could feel that in training on Sunday but we have refocused now. There’s a bright and positive atmosphere in training since.”

 

Bohs boss Long feels his side are not beyond danger from the relegation threat and cannot afford to get complacent. “We’ve eight really important games between now and the end of the season.

 

We are not out of the woods yet, despite our current position. But our recent league form has given us every reason to feel positive.”

 

Long expects Limerick to be a tough proposition but is feeling optimistic about his sides prospects stating “Limerick are a team in and around us so it’s important we try and give a performance capable of getting a result. Our form has been decent away from home so we have to go and give a good account of ourselves.”

 

Gypsies boss Long has a number of absentees with both goalkeeper Greg Murray and Eoin Wearen out through injury and both Oscar Brennan and Paddy Kavanagh are suspended.

 

Referee: Jim McKell

 

MATCH FACTS

Limerick and Bohemians have met each other on two occasions already this season in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division with Bohs edging the first game 1-0 at the Markets Field in March and Limerick getting revenge with a 2-1 win at Dalymount Park in their last meeting in May.

 

Limerick and Bohemians have played each competitively 12 times since 2013 with the two sides virtually inseparable with 6 wins each.

 

Limerick scored 14 goals averaging 1.17 per game with Bohemians finding the net 17 times averaging 1.42 per game.

 

BETTING

Limerick 5/4; Draw 23/10; Bohemians 11/5.

 

PREDICTION

Limerick 2-2 Bohemians

 

Limerick

Injured: NA

Doubtful: NA

Suspended: NA

 

Bohemians

Injured: Greg Murray, Eoin Wearen

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Oscar Brennan, Paddy Kavanagh

 



Limerick FC
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Peter Berki
Defender
Joe Crowe
Defender
David O'Connor
Defender
Tony Whitehead
Defender
Barry Cotter
Midfielder
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
Stephen Kenny
Midfielder
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
Chiedozie Ogbene
Midfielder
Rodrigo Tosi
10Peno: 10'
Forward

Substitutes
Killian Brouder
Defender
Henry Cameron
Midfield
Dean Clarke
Forward
Garbhan Coughlan
Forward
Shane Duggan
Midfield
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Shane Tracy
Midfield
Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Derek Pender
Defender
Warren O'Hora
Defender
Rob Cornwall
Defender
9Booked: 9'
Dan Casey
Defender
Keith Ward
Midfielder
Fuad Sule
Midfielder
George Poynton
Midfielder
41Peno Miss: 41'
Ian Morris
Midfielder
Ciaran O'Connor
Forward
Ismahil Akinade
Forward

Substitutes
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield
Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
Dylan Hayes
Defender
Philip Gannon
Midfield
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Stephen Donnelly
Forward
Keith Dalton
Defender


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