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Date: 7 p.m. April 25, 2015
Venue: Jackman Park
Att: 564

Shane Duggan 13' -
Scored: 13'


Scored: 86'
- Brandon Miele 86'


League Report: Limerick 1 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Sun, Apr 26 2015

Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Brandon Miele struck late to deny Limerick a morale-boosting first win of the season at Jackman Park.

 

Shamrock Rovers' winger pounced on Danny North's blocked shot with four minutes remaining to preserve Pat Fenlon's side's unbeaten league record.

 

Limerick manager Martin Russell expressed confidence during the week that his team's performances would eventually start to yield points, and his words were validated by a battling performance that so nearly resulted in three points.

 

Russell made two changes to the side that had lost 2-0 here to Derry City on Monday, with Robbie Williams and Jason Hughes making way for Paudie O'Connor and Ian Turner. Fenlon made four changes, with captain Conor Kenna returning after he was rested in the win over Bray.

 

Limerick captain Shane Duggan gave the home side a surprise lead after just 13 minutes when he latched onto Sean Russell's through-ball and kept his composure to shoot powerfully past Craig Hyland in the Rovers goal and in off the post.

 

Ryan Brennan had called O'Donnell into action with a close-range header in the early minutes but it was the only shot the visitors could register on target in the first half, and Limerick were unfortunate not to extend their lead when Dean Clarke headed Ian Turner's cross narrowly wide.

 

Keith Fahey had an opportunity to tie things up on the stroke of half time when Luke Byrne's left-wing cross found him at the back post, but with the goal gaping he managed to shoot wide.

 

Rovers took control of the game in the second half and had the ball in the net on the hour mark only for an offside flag to rule out Ryan Brennan's deft header. Brennan had O'Donnell beaten again shortly afterwards but his rasping shot couldn't beat the post.

 

The woodwork came to the fore again with 15 minutes remaining as substitute Miele crashed a free-kick off the bar, and when Shane Tracy scrambled to clear Mikey Drennan's shot from the line it appeared Limerick had done just about enough to hang on.

 

However, with time running out, former Newcastle United youth Miele found himself the fortunate beneficiary of North's deflected shot, scoring his second goal for the club and in the process staked his claim for a more regular role in a goal-shy Rovers team.

 

 

Limerick FC: Conor O’Donnell; Sean Harding, Aidan Price, Paudie O’Connor, Shane Tracy; Ian Turner (Darragh Rainsford 73), Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor, Sean Russell; Vinny Faherty; Dean Clarke (Jason Hughes 82)
Subs not used: Tommy Holland (gk), Tony Whitehead, Val Feeney, Kieran Hanlon, Ross Mann.

Booked: Paudie O'Connor (33), Aidan Price (90+1).

 

Shamrock Rovers: Craig Hyland; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, David O’Connor, Luke Byrne; Pat Cregg (Brandon Miele 61), Ryan Brennan; Sean O’Connor (Danny North 61), Keith Fahey, Gavin Brennan; Mikey Drennan.
Subs not used: Barry Murphy (gk), Tim Clancy, Stephen McPhail, Gary McCabe, Kieran 'Marty' Waters.

Booked: None.

 

Referee: Graham Kelly.

Attendance: 564.

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Shane Duggan (Limerick).

 

 


Limerick
Conor O'Donnell
Goalkeeper
Shane Tracy
Defender
Aidan Price
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Paudie O'Connor
33Booked: 33'
Defender
Sean Harding
Defender
Ian Turner
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Midfielder
Sean Russell
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Shane Duggan
13Scored: 13'
Midfielder
Vinny Faherty
Forward
Dean Clarke
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Forward

Substitutes
Tony Whitehead
Defender
Darragh Rainsford
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Forward
Ross Mann
Forward
Jason Hughes
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Kieran Hanlon
Forward
Val Feeney
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
David O'Connor
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Luke Byrne
Defender
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Keith Fahey
Midfielder
Patrick Cregg
Midfielder 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Gavin Brennan
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
Midfielder
Michael Drennan
Forward

Substitutes
Kieran 'Marty' Waters
Midfield
Danny North
Forward
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Brandon Miele
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
86Scored: 86'
Stephen McPhail
Midfield
Gary McCabe
Midfield
Tim Clancy
Defender