First
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 5, 2019
Venue: Markets Field
Ref:
Att:
TV:

Tomas O'Connor 3' -
Scored: 3'


Kieran Hanlon 20' -
Scored: 20'


Lee Devitt Molloy 50' -
Scored: 50'


Scored: 15'
- Aaron Dobbs 15'



League Preview: Limerick -v- Longford Town

Thu, Jul 04 2019

Limerick strike Red Hanlon will hope to shout at the back of the net once more as Longford visit. Credit: Steve Alfred

LIMERICK

The Super Blues have the tricky task of hosting high-flying Longford Town in a crucial encounter at the Market’s Field in the SSE Airtricity First Division on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Limerick will be looking to keep their slim aspirations for promotion alive with a home win to satisfy the Garryowen faithful.

Limerick’s mini-unbeaten run came to an abrupt end last Friday night when they were edged out 1-0 by league leaders Shelbourne in a closely fought encounter at the Market’s Field.

Both sides were evenly matched at the outset and cancelled each other out in the opening 20 minutes.

Limerick were given a glorious opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty but Darren Murphy fluffed his lines from the spot.

The Super Blues paid a heavy price for that miss as they fell behind seven minutes before the break courtesy of a goal for Shels by veteran striker Ciaran Kilduff.

Limerick failed to recover from that setback and never really threatened an equaliser despite the introduction of striker Adam Foley and the Drumcondra side ran out deserved winners.

Limerick had been on an impressive run of form in recent weeks in the league having remaining unbeaten in five matches with three wins over Cobh Ramblers (2-3), Cabinteely (1-0) and Galway United (2-1) and two draws against Athlone Town (1-1) and Wexford (0-0).

The Super Blues boss Tommy Barrett knows that this is a must win game for Limerick if they are to have any chance of reeling in the eleven point deficit from current league leaders Shelbourne.

The Super Blues have been dogged by the off the field speculation amid financial difficulties and they were dealt another blow this week with the news the 3 more players are to depart.

Under-21 international Will Fitzgerald expected to finalise a move to the Premier Division while Killian Brouder and Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen saw their contracts expire on June 30th.

LONGFORD TOWN

Promotion-chasing Longford Town will look to maintain the pace with top of the table Shels and take all three points back to the Midlands with them.

De Town managed to remain in the promotion/relegation berth with a hard fought 1-0 win over Cobh Ramblers at the City Calling Stadium last Friday night.

The men from the Rebel County proved to be stubborn opposition and Longford found it difficult to create any clear-cut chances in the opening 30 minutes.

However, the breakthrough arrived just after the half-hour mark when Sam Verdon struck to break The Rams supporter’s hearts and send the home fans into raptures.

Cobh battled bravely but were unable to find an equaliser and De Town just about got over the line.

Longford’s recent form has been inconsistent in the league in their last six matches with the Midlands side managing three wins over Athlone Town (3-1), Galway United (2-1) and Wexford (1-0) and three defeats to Galway United (2-1), Shelbourne (1-0) and Bray Wanderers (3-2).

Longford were handed a boost on Thursday as former Shelbourne midfielder Dylan Grimes signed until the end of the season, however defender Kevin Knight has rejoined Cabinteely.

Referee: Jason Mannix

MATCH FACTS

Limerick and Longford Town have met each other twice in the league already this season with the opening fixture ending in a 0-0 draw at the Market’s Field in February.

Longford Town edged out the corresponding fixture 1-0 at the City Calling Stadium in April thanks to Dean Byrne’s second-half strike.

The Super Blues and De Town have met on 19 occasions since 2009 with Limerick having the better head to head record, winning eight, Longford five and four draws.

Limerick have scored 26 goals in 19 matches, averaging 1.37 goals per game, while Longford have scored 23 goals in their 19 matches, averaging 1.11 goals per game.

BETTING

Limerick 7/2 Draw 5/2 Longford Town 8/13

PREDICTION

Limerick 1-2 Longford Town

Limerick

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: Unavailable.

Longford Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: Unavailable.



Limerick
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Shaun Kelly
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Defender
Darren Murphy
57Booked: 57'
Defender
Tomas O'Connor
3Scored: 3'
Defender
Shane Tracy
Defender
Robbie Williams
Defender
Lee Devitt Molloy
50Scored: 50'
Midfielder
Jason Hughes
Midfielder
Clyde O'Connell
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Kieran Hanlon
20Scored: 20'
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Forward

Substitutes
Ger Barry
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Adam Foley
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Forward
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Edmond O'Dwyer
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Midfield
Andy Quaid
Midfield
Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Conor Kenna
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Anto Breslin
Defender
Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Jack Doherty
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
38Booked: 38'
Sam Verdon
Forward
Aaron Dobbs
Forward
15Scored: 15'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Dean Byrne
Forward 55'
55Subbed Off: 55'

Substitutes
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Peter Hopkins
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Karl Fitzsimons
Midfield
Adam Evans
Forward
55Subbed On: 55'
55'
Karl Chambers
Forward


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