Limerick have endured a very impressive start to the season, winning 7 games from 7 in the league for the first time since before 2005 to put themselves at the summit of the Airtricity First Division. Goals keep coming too, another 3 put past Cabinteely at the weekend with ease and it could’ve been more.
Limerick look the real deal in the First Division, steamrolling teams in their quest back to the Premier Division, but the question is, can they do it against the big boys? It’s been a while since a First Division side would have been in any way a slight dark horse in a cup competition, but with the way Limerick are playing, who knows what could happen. They Superblues host Wexford Youths at the Markets Field tonight, Tuesday the 19th of April, looking to send out a statement to the other teams remaining in the cup. This fixture is set up to be a really good one, with both sides looking for a place in the Quarter-Final.
The Youths last outing ended with them being thumped 4-0 by St Pats, but that doesn’t take away the fact they will come to the Markets Field all guns blazing looking for a place in the last 8. They currently sit 9th in the league table on 5 points, 1 win in the league so far. Wexford have competed quite well since arriving in the Premier Division, which a lot of teams have found difficult to adjust to after coming up, but the Wexford boys have done extremely well over the past year. Paul Murphy looks like a really decent player for the Black & Pink Wexford army, having quite a season so far and may cause Limerick problems. Danny Furlong another man on form, but in his most recent performance in the league saw him receive a straight red card.
Limerick has a fully fit squad bar Seamus Sharkey who is still unavailable. Another injury concern may have been Limerick’s No. 1 Freddy Hall who had to be substituted off on Saturday evening with injury, looks to be fit for the Last 16 clash if he is named in the starting eleven. Limerick are 1/2 favourites to beat Wexford according to Ladbrokes, with Wexford 5/1 odds, some would say unfair odds on the Youths and will be looking to defy the odds. With Dundalk beaten by St Pats, all the remaining teams will be confident they can pull off cup heroics to win the EA Sports Cup. Can Limerick beat Premier Division outfit Wexford Youths at the Markets Field to book a place in the Quarter-Finals and knock out one of the big boys to line up a potential Munster Derby with close rivals Cork City, or will Limerick bottle it against one of the Premier sides to see them out of the draw for the last 8?
Big game in prospect for the potential dark horses, kick-off at the Markets Field is 7:15 Tuesday night; a lot rides on the shoulders of both teams for this clash, who will prevail?