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Limerick FC – A club moving forward

Harry Coyne

Limerick are a growing club. After a dramatic last few weeks in the Premier Division in 2015, Limerick were eventually relegated into the First division after a 2-1 aggregate loss against Finn Harps.

This was a big shock to Limerick as they were on Championship winning form at the time.

Key Players left the club such as Vinny Faherty, Ian Turner and Dean Clarke.

Limerick went into the First Division with a strong squad though and it proved throughout the season, beating Waterford 7-2, Shelbourne 5-1 and Wexford Youths 4-0.

Limerick are a professional club and it showed as you could see the players fitness levels were far superior to the other teams in the league.

Most of Limericks goals coming in the second half. Limerick went 25 games unbeaten before losing to Cobh Ramblers 2-0 in St Colmans Park.

The Club returned to the premier league winning the First Division by 23 points to second placed Drogheda.

The club have been linked with a huge takeover from former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien.

Essien visited the Marketsfield during the season and was very impressed by the club and is now in talks with current owner Pat O’Sullivan.

If Essien does takeover it could give Limerick huge publicity around the world and also could lead to players being lured to the club.

Limerick have already signed some good players with Ian Turner and Dean Clarke re-signing for the club, Brendan Clarke joining from St.Pats and David O’Connor joining from Shamrock Rovers.

With some more new faces joining the team, Limerick will be hoping to push for a European place in the league, with a good cup run again after coming up short in last years EA Sports Cup Final.

There is great potential in the club as seen in that cup final where the Marketsfield was sold out and there was a great buzz around the city leading up to it.

Success in the league could lead to bumper crowds coming to the Marketsfield as seen with Cork City in Turners Cross.

Limerick averaged over 1,100 crowds in the First Division last season so those numbers will grow in the Premier Division.

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