ANALYSIS: Burke brilliance covers a multitude of sins again

Alan O’Brien 

With dreams of Benidorm dancing in players’ heads, this was the ultimate pre-holiday snoozefest. A somnolent Shamrock Rovers looked every inch the side that exacted only one win on the road this year. But, ultimately, Limerick were sleepier, and the Hoops had the quality to take advantage. Continue reading

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Limerick play with the freedom of the damned

Alan O’Brien 

The phrase ‘relegation six-pointer’ calls to mind adjectives like ‘tight’, ‘attritional’, ‘scrappy’ and ‘dull’. This was none of those things. Continue reading

Stalemate suggests both the Shannonsiders and Sligo need a striker

Alan O’Brien 

Both Sligo Rovers and Limerick FC are scoring at a rate of less than one goal per game. Neither side can count on a natural goalscorer. This relegation six-pointer, therefore, had scoreless draw written all over it. And, in that regard at least, it did not disappoint. 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

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