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Limerick Run Riot Against Incompetent Drogheda

Four first-half goals, including three in the first twelve minutes, gave Limerick a straightforward 4-1 victory over a poor Drogheda United side at United Park on Friday evening.

It took the visitors just five minutes to break the deadlock from their first real noteworthy chance as Vinny Faherty timed his run perfectly to head home unmarked from a Sean Russell corner.

Five minutes later and it was 2-0 to Limerick. Referee Jim McKell pointed to the spot despite a lack of appeals on the pitch, much to the confusion of everyone, bar the travelling fans. It was unclear what the penalty was awarded for but it was seemingly for a foul on Robbie Williams in the box. Man of the match Ian Turner stepped up to slot home from twelve yards.

It was 3-0 on the thirteen minute mark and it was another free header for a Limerick player. This time it was Darragh Rainsford who powered a header by the helpless Micheál Schlingermann from a brilliant Ian Turner cross.

It took Drogheda 25 minutes to have their first chance of the game as Lee Duffy saw his low shot from outside the box turned around the post by Hall in the Limerick goal.

However, the home side did get a goal back a minute later. Debutant Keith Treacy played a brilliant through ball to Duffy who was stopped by a brilliant tackle from Shaun Kelly. However, the ball fell to the feet of Tiarnan Mulvenna who buried it home.

Limerick very nearly restored their three-goal lead in the 35th minute, as a stunning 25-yard free-kick from Shane Tracy smashed off Schlingermann’s bar.

Martin Russell didn’t have to wait long to see his team get that fourth goal as five minutes later Robbie Williams headed home at the back post from two yards from an Ian Turner corner. Limerick went in at the break with a commanding 4-1 lead with Turner the star of the show, grabbing two assists and a goal.

The second half was a game of far fewer chances but Drogheda came close to getting one back just three minutes in as Keith Treacy almost scored directly from a corner but his effort hit the far post.

Drogheda thought they had reduced the deficit on 54 minutes as Jason Marks sent a low ball into the box which looked to have taken a touch off a Limerick defender before being tapped in by Alan Byrne. However, Byrne was adjudged to have been in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.

There were few chances throughout the remainder of the game but the few that were created fell to Limerick. Faherty was twice denied in quick succession with just over 20 minutes to play. Limerick could have had a fifth on 75 minutes but a sliding Turner didn’t connect to a brilliant angled cross by Russell as well as he would have hoped and sent his shot high and out of the ground.

Limerick will now face St. Patrick’s Athletic in Markets Field next Saturday as they look to continue what would be the greatest of escapes in the battle to stay in the Premier Division.

Drogheda on the other hand, will have to wait a month for their next home game and must again travel north to take on Derry City at the Brandywell for the second time in two weeks, a venue where they have lost 3-0 twice this season already.

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Man of the Match – Ian Turner

The Limerick midfielder finished the game with a goal and two assists but was close to increasing both those figures during the game as he constantly looked threatening, delivering quality crosses throughout and going close to increasing his goal tally further on another two occasions.

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Teams

Drogheda United:  Schlingermann; Daly (C), Byrne, O’Reilly, Gorman; Maher (Whelan 70’), Thornton; Mulvenna (Pender 79’), Marks, Treacy (Hughes 62’); Duffy.

Unused Subs: Farrell (GK), Buckley, Brennan, McKenna.

Limerick: Hall; Kelly, Williams (C), Kanyuka, Tracy; O’Conor; Turner, Russell (Whitehead 84’), Lynch, Rainsford (Feeney 72’); Faherty.

Unused Subs: Holland (GK), O’Connor, Costelloe, Clarke, Guedje.

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Gerard Grimes, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.