Crocked Clifford opens the door for Cork City

Alan O’Brien 

The injury list continues to grow for Limerick FC. On Monday night, Conor Clifford became its latest addition. And the midfielder’s half-time departure here proved decisive in Cork City’s favour. Continue reading

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Reckless Reynolds bulldozed by sprightly Super Blues

Alan O’Brien 

Alan Reynolds must have thought Limerick would go down easy. Instead, the Super Blues served “Rennie” a result that will take him some time to digest. Continue reading

Gung-ho Pat’s almost undone by perfect Barrett gameplan

Alan O’Brien 

Liam Buckley’s gung-ho St Patrick’s Athletic had already lost five games on the road before this one. And, if Limerick FC had taken their chances here, it could so easily have been six. Continue reading

Opinion: Happy ending beyond the reach of benevolent Limerick FC benefactor

Alan O’Brien 

Deep in his heart of hearts, Pat O’Sullivan knows it’s time to shuffle off the public stage. But self-made men like Limerick FC’s benevolent benefactor are not inclined to go gentle into that good night. Continue reading

Second half substitutions ignite lackadaisical Leesiders

Alan O’Brien 

This was not a vintage Cork City performance by any means. Beset by unforced errors, the off-colour Leesiders required Kieran Sadlier’s decisive impact to preserve their perfect home record. Limerick, error-prone as ever themselves, let the league leaders off the hook. Continue reading

Barrett back three triples Candystripes fun

Alan O’Brien 

Only league leaders Dundalk are outscoring Kenny Shiels’ Derry City in 2018. And, on this evidence, it’s easy to see why. Hamstrung by an appalling Markets Field surface, Derry still leveraged their attractive passing game into several quality chances. But poor Limerick finishing spared a still wide-open Candystripes defensive unit, whose margin of victory was widened by Tommy Barrett’s disastrous late tactical tinkering. Continue reading

Deja vu for Dundalk as Caulfield’s Cork impose their will again

Alan O’Brien 

When it comes to Cork City’s storied rivalry with Dundalk, there is nothing new under the sun. Friday’s latest chapter was almost a shot-for-shot rerun of the sides’ last Turner’s Cross engagement. The Lilywhites grabbed an unmerited point on that September occasion, thanks to a late Robbie Benson leveler.  Alas for Stephen Kenny, that was precisely where this tedious remake deviated from the original. Continue reading

Caulfield deserves plaudits for near-perfect away performance

Alan O’Brien 

John Caulfield is not a man inclined to rest on his laurels. A reinvigorated Dundalk pose a serious threat to Cork City’s recent double-winning hegemony. But anyone who doubts Caulfield’s stomach for the fight need only play back the 73rd minute of this near-perfect away performance. Continue reading

Flaky Rovers iced by Leahy 99

Alan O’Brien 

Football really is a funny old game. Quite how a side as unstructured as Stephen Bradley’s Shamrock Rovers managed to avoid defeat on home soil for eight months is anyone’s guess. But surprise was certainly thin on the ground when Darragh Leahy consigned that run to history’s dustbin at the death here. Continue reading