Bit O’Red obtain a Lyttle relief from newfound McCabe freedom

Alan O’Brien 

This was Limerick’s sixth defeat of an eight-game winless run that stretches back to March 12. It was also their most damning. Continue reading

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Both the Super Blues and Bohs are nothing without their nines

Alan O’Brien 

Considering both sides registered five blanks in their last seven games, this was always likely to be a stalemate. But if Dinny Corcoran and Mark O’Sullivan were fully fit, things could have been very different. Continue reading

Marvelous Madden shines as Saints stretch spent Super Blues

Alan O’Brien 

Five games in a fortnight always looked a tough ask for Tommy Barrett’s razor-thin Limerick squad. Liam Buckley’s St Patrick’s Athletic lay in wait at the last stop, primed to take full advantage. Ultimately, Barrett’s spent Super Blues, bereft of answers to the Saints’ energy and width, were lucky to lose by one. Continue reading

Moment of Kelly madness settles sedate Markets Field affair

Alan O’Brien 

If the league insists on jamming eight fixtures into the first five weeks, non-events like this one are a given. Monday’s Markets Field clash had nil-all written all over it before Shaun Kelly’s ill-timed lunge at Ronan Finn. But lunge the full-back did, handing Shamrock Rovers a second consecutive scrappy win. Continue reading

Barrett comes of age with timely tactical triumph

Alan O’Brien 

The learning pathway was always bound to be a bumpy one for 38-year-old Tommy Barrett. Thrown in at the Limerick FC deep end, with no senior management experience, the eviscerations Barrett suffered in Dundalk and Derry were not exactly unexpected. Continue reading

Stricken Seagulls let Limerick off the hook

Alan O’Brien 

If banishing the ghosts of Oriel Park was foremost in Tommy Barrett’s mind, Bray Wanderers represented the perfect foil. As passive as Dundalk were aggressive, as profligate as the Lilywhites were clinical, Dave Mackey’s basement boys gifted Limerick a morale-boosting victory. Continue reading

Kavanagh squanders Bohs’ right-wing superiority

Alan O’Brien 

At least it wasn’t televised. For the second successive game, Bohemians constituted one half of a shocking advert for League of Ireland football. But, with four precious points under his belt already, Keith Long will care not one jot. Continue reading

Bit O’Red bomb as Lyttle crams Sligo squares into round holes

Alan O’Brien 

If your game plan can be ruined by one injury, it was never much of a game plan in the first place. That’s a truism Ger Lyttle must quickly take on board, if Sligo Rovers are to swerve another relegation dogfight. Continue reading

Opinion: McDonald departure furore misinforms and misses the bigger picture

Alan O’Brien 

The simplest explanation is usually the correct one: so contends Occam’s Razor, a widely-cited philosophical principle. But, in the poisonous realm of Limerick football, where codology reigns over philosophy, its loudest empty vessels make their own rules. Continue reading