Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 21, 2017
Venue: Markets Field
Ref: Sean Grant
Att: 1,714

Robbie Williams 32' -
Scored: 32'


Scored: 85'
- David Cawley 85'



League Preview: Limerick FC -v- Galway United

Thu, Apr 20 2017

Credit: Tom Beary

High flying Limerick will take on the challenge of bottom club Galway United in a pulsating clash in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division at the Market’s Field on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

 

LIMERICK

Managerless Limerick will look to continue their recent good form in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division when they host struggling Galway United. The Super Blues hope to recover from their second consecutive 3-0 defeat at home at the hands of all conquering Cork City this time in the 2nd Round of the EA Sports Cup last Monday night.

 

The Shannonsiders have won 3 of their last 4 league games with impressive away wins over Bray Wanderers (0-1) and St. Patrick’s Athletic (0-2) and an emphatic 3-0 win over Drogheda at the Market’s Field last Saturday evening. This string of results has culminated in Limerick moving up to 4th in the league table and whispers of European football have emanated from this.

 

The Super Blues caretaker boss Willie John Boland is understandably pleased with the positive response of the players since the departure of ex-manager Martin Russell and will be hopeful that his side can maintain the level of performance and get another 3 points at home tomorrow evening.

 

 

GALWAY UNITED

Galway United will make the tough trip south to take on near neighbours Limerick in a game where the Tribesmen need to come back to the West with a positive result. Galway United produced arguably their best performance of the season last Monday night in the EA Sports Cup 2nd Round with a 2-0 win over Derry City at Eamon Deasy Park thanks to goals from Kevin Devaney and Vinny Faherty.

 

The Tribesmen are desperate for a league win having failed to register a victory after 8 bites at the cherry. Galway United have only lost 2 of their last 6 league games to Shamrock Rovers at home (1-2) and away to in-form Bray Wanderers 1-0 at the Carlisle Grounds. 

 

Galway United boss Shane Keegan is under no illusions going into this encounter with Limerick and expects a major challenge telling www.galwayunitedfc.ie, “Given the form that Limerick are in, and how they played against Drogheda United, outside of Cork City and Dundalk, they’re probably the toughest test around at the moment.”

 

However, Keegan was quick to point out that his side will not be going there just to make up the numbers. “We’re going down there with every belief that we can go and get the win.”

 

The Tribesmen boss Keegan feels his side have been putting in good displays but faces a bit of a selection conundrum having made 8 changes to the side on Monday evening saying; “There is brilliant competition for places, on Friday against St. Patrick’s Athletic and Derry City on Monday, it was two games we gave a good account of ourselves.”

 

Galway United boss Keegan also has some injury headaches ahead of the trip to the Mid-West with Maurice Nugent, Declan Sharkey and Jesse Devers all out through injury while there are doubts over the availability of Padraic Cunningham and Paul Sinnott who both face late fitness tests.

 

Referee: Sean Grant

 

 

MATCH FACTS

Limerick and Galway United last met competitively in last season’s EA Sports Cup with the Super Blues running out 2-0 winners at the Market’s Field on route to the final.

 

Limerick and Galway United have met each other on 20 occasions in all competitions since 2002 with Galway United winning 14 times with 4 wins for Limerick and 2 draws.

 

Limerick scored 21 goals averaging a total of just over 1 goal per game while Galway United scored 42 goals averaging 2.1 goals per game.

 

 

BETTING

Limerick 4/6 Draw 12/5 Galway United 4/1

 

PREDICTION

Limerick 3-1 Galway United

 

Limerick

Injured: NA

Doubtful: NA

Suspended: NA

 

Galway United

Injured: Maurice Nugent, Declan Sharkey, Jesse Devers

Doubtful: Padraic Cunningham, Paul Sinnott

Suspended: None



Limerick FC
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Robbie Williams
32Scored: 32'
Defender
Tony Whitehead
Defender
Tommy Robson
78Booked: 78'
Defender
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Chiedozie Ogbene
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
53Booked: 53'
Midfielder
Chris Mulhall
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Midfielder
Lee-J Lynch
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Midfielder
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
Rodrigo Tosi
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Forward

Substitutes
Ian Turner
Midfield
John O'Flynn
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
Forward
Stephen Kenny
Midfield
Bastien Hery
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Midfield
Freddy Hall
Goalkeeper
Dean Clarke
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Forward
Killian Brouder
Defender
Galway United FC
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Marc Ludden
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Lee Grace
Defender
Stephen Folan
Defender
Paul Sinnott
Midfielder 64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Gavan Holohan
Midfielder
66Booked: 66'
Kevin Devaney
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
David Cawley
Midfielder
85Scored: 85'
Alex Byrne
Midfielder 64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Ronan Murray
Forward
44Booked: 44'

Substitutes
Gary Shanahan
Midfield
64Subbed On: 64'
64'
Ciaran Nugent
Goalkeeper
Conor Melody
Midfield
Gary Kinneen
Defender
Vinny Faherty
Forward
64Subbed On: 64'
64'
Padraic Cunningham
Forward
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Aaron Conway
Defender


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