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Date: 7:45 p.m. Feb. 22, 2019
Venue: Markets Field
Att: 814
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League Preview: Limerick -v- Longford Town

Fri, Feb 22 2019

Credit: Steve Alfred

LIMERICK

A long winter comes to an end for both Longford Town and Limerick on Friday evening, when the midlands club visit a Limerick side looking to steady the ship following their disappointing relegation in 2018.

While Tommy Barrett lost a number of players in the off-season, he has added a number of familiar faces, with the club offering deals to local talent and shifting away from the heavy investment in talent from around the country and abroad. Returning to the club are Sean Russell, Sean McSweeney, Kieran Hanlon and Jason Hughes, all players who Barrett will know well.

The objective of the season is clearly to sustain and slowly grow the club and improve the young players within the club. Barrett will know that promotion isn’t a realistic goal, with the strength that Friday’s opposition, as well as Shelbourne, Drogheda United and Bray Wanderers, far exceeding what the Moyross native has at his disposal.

Nevertheless, Barrett was able to secure some good results last season and Limerick did start the season brightly, taking seven points from their opening three games. This time around, Barrett has had a different pre-season, but on the whole, he’ll be happy that his small squad appears to have come through unscathed. Darren Murphy and Shane Tracy haven’t played much football with Limerick in pre-season but expect the experienced pair to start for the Blues.  

 

LONGFORD TOWN

Neal Fenn has been widely praised for his sides possession based style, which saw his side score more goals that everybody, except champions UCD.

Ultimately the Town narrowly missed out on the play-off places and subsequently face a third consecutive season in the second tier. Some friendly results have been positive, securing a come-from-behind draw at Oriel Park against Dundalk, as well as seeing off Cork City. Defeats to Bohemians, Sligo Rovers and Cliftonville may not help confidence, but Fenn will know that such results will mean little if his side can secure a win in Limerick.

After losing top scorer Dylan McGlade, to Bray Wanderers, in the off season the blow was softened by the signature of Aaron Dobbs. Twenty-year-old Dobbs notched seven league goals in 15 appearances for a struggling Wexford side last season. Meanwhile, Conor Kenna, 34, adds significant experience in defence.

Carlton Ubaezuonu will have to wait for his Longford debut, as he misses the game.

 

Referee: Jason Mannix

 

MATCH STATS

These sides last met competitively in 2015, when they shared a 3-3 draw. The game was Longford’s sole visit to Markets Field since it reopened earlier that summer. 

Paul O’Conor won the First Division in 2016, having been relegated with the club in 2015. The midfielder scored 17 times in 30 months with the club.

Limerick last lost a home first division game in October 2012, falling 3-1 to Wexford Youths at Jackman Park.

 

BETTING

Limerick ; Draw 11/5; Longford Town 11/10.

 

PREDICTION

Limerick 1-2 Longford Town

 

Limerick

Injured: None 

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

 

Longford Town

Injured: Carlton Ubaezuonu

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

 



Limerick
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Tomas O'Connor
Defender
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Robbie Williams
Defender
Shane Tracy
Midfielder
Sean Russell
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Darren Murphy
89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Midfielder
Jason Hughes
72Booked: 72'
Midfielder
Sean McSweeney
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Forward
Connor Ellis
Forward

Substitutes
Colm Walsh O'Loghlen
84'
84Subbed On: 84'
Forward
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Kieran Hanlon
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Forward
Adam Foley
Forward
Aaron Fitzgerald
89'
89Subbed On: 89'
Midfield
Lee Devitt Molloy
Midfield
Ger Barry
Midfield
Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Anto Breslin
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Conor Kenna
Defender
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Aaron Dobbs
Forward 83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Karl Chambers
Forward
71Booked: 71'
Adam Evans
Forward 66'
66Subbed Off: 66'

Substitutes
Dean Byrne
Forward
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Sean Brennan
Midfield
Jamie Doyle
Midfield
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Peter Hopkins
Midfield
66Subbed On: 66'
66'
Joseph Manley
Defender
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Tristan Noack Hofmann
Defender


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