Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 27, 2018
Venue: Markets Field
Att: 1,040
TV:

Eoin Wearen 2' -
Red: 2'


Billy Dennehy 34' -
Peno Scored: 34'


Shane Duggan 83' -
Scored: 83'


Peno Miss: 3'
- Paul Keegan 3'

Red: 45'
- David Webster 45' + 4'

Scored: 47'
- Bastien Hery 47'



League Preview: Limerick -v- Waterford

Fri, Jul 27 2018

Waterford's Ismahil Akinade battles with Limerick's Tony Whitehead during the away side's 2-0 win at the Markets Field in March. Whitehead has since left the club. Credit: Michael P Ryan

LIMERICK

Limerick will look to win back-to-back home games for the first time since October when they welcome Waterford to the Markets Field (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Shannonsiders were hit by two late goals at Richmond Park last week as they saw their 1-0 lead over St Patrick's Athletic vanish at the hands of Conan Byrne.

The result leaves Limerick just six points above Bray Wanderers in the automatic relegation spot, with both sides banned from signing players for the rest of the season.

“It was frustrating last week,” Blues manager Tomm Barrett told the club's official website.

“You have got to go 2-0 up when you’re in that position. We have a young team and they found it tough in the second half.

“The pace of the game and the physicality of it – they’re not used to the hits. Will’s goal was definitely onside, I don’t know how it was missed.

“Waterford will be a very tough game. The last time, down there, we started great and they started poor. They also had a man sent off early which didn’t help them.

“It will be difficult for us. They’re a good side, they’ve got a good squad – they can take players off the bench, and they can rest players. We don’t have that.”

Cian Coleman returns after missing the Pats match with suspension, while Eoin Wearen is the only doubt with a minor knee injury.

WATERFORD

Waterford saw the gap between them and fourth-placed Shamrock Rovers narrow to four points as the Hoops won 1-0 at the RSC on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides have chances during an open game but it was Rovers who emerged with the points thanks to Gary Shaw's second-half header.

A trip to second-from-bottom Limerick provides an opportunity to rebuild confidence, but a 6-3 defeat to the same opposition at the RSC in May will be at the back of their minds.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on the pitch to be honest,” maager Alan Reynolds told the club's website.

“Of course we were disappointed with the result last week but we created enough chances that on another day we could have won the game.

“Putting away those chances was the difference and we’ll be looking to do that this week.

"It’s been very stop-start with the break and then no league game leading up to the Rovers game so we’ll be happy to get a nice run of games now.

"We’re focussed on Friday and the lads know what they need to do. Limerick showed last week against St Pat’s that they’re a good side and that’s what we’ll be up against.

“We need to be on our game."

John Martin and Derek Daly are injured, while Dean Walsh has joined Wexford on loan, but new signing Carlos Wilson is availabe for selection.

 

Referee: Damien MacGraith.

 

MATCH STATS

The two meetings between the sides this season have seen away wins traded, with Limerick narrowly edging goal difference.

The first game at the Markets Field saw Waterford win thanks to goals from Courtney Duffus and Paul Keegan.

The return fixture at the RSC yielded nine goals in total, with Danny Morrissey (2), Karl O'Sullivan, Mark O'Sullivan, Barry Maguire and Billy Dennehy on target for Limerick.

 

BETTING

Limerick 7/2; Draw 5/2; Waterford 4/7.

PREDICTION

Limerick 1 – 1 Waterford

 

Limerick

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Eoin Wearen.

Suspended: None.

Waterford

Injured: Derek Daly, Cory Galvin, John Martin.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Unavailable: Renars Rode (awaiting international clearance).



Limerick
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Killian Brouder
Defender
Killian Cantwell
78Booked: 78'
Defender
Barry Maguire
31'
31Subbed Off: 31'
Defender
Cian Coleman
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
34Peno: 34'
Midfielder
Shane Duggan
83Scored: 83'
Midfielder
Darren Murphy
Midfielder
Eoin Wearen
2Sent off: 2'
Midfielder
Connor Ellis
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Forward
William Fitzgerald
Forward

Substitutes
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Adam Foley
Forward
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Colman Kennedy
Defender
Danny Morrissey
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Forward
Tomas O'Connor
Defender
Karl O'Sullivan
31'
31Subbed On: 31'
Midfield
Waterford
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
Kenny Browne
Defender
Dylan Barnett
Defender
Dessie Hutchinson
Defender
David Webster
Defender
33Booked: 33'
45Sent off: 45'
45Booked: 45'
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
47Scored: 47'
Stanley Aborah
Midfielder
Paul Keegan
Midfielder
3Peno Miss: 3'
Sander Puri
Midfielder 57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Courtney Duffus
Forward 57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Noel Hunt
Forward

Substitutes
Rory Feely
Midfield
57Subbed On: 57'
57'
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Garry Comerford
Midfield
Noe Baba
Defender
Ismahil Akinade
Forward
57Subbed On: 57'
57'
Dean O'Halloran
Midfield
Carlos Wilson
Midfield


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