Rodrigo Tosi was in fine form as Limerick breezed past Sligo on the opening game of the season. Limerick’s new Brazilian netted a hat-trick on the way to a dominant victory for the blues. Ian Turner and Lee-J Lynch both chipped in with their own goals as well.
The game had a lively start with both teams sharing possession but it was Limerick who would make the breakthrough 3 minutes in. High pressure from the Limerick frontline led to a throw in. The ball falling at Lee-J Lynch’s feet he hit a strike on goal that was parried out by Schlingermann only into the path of Ian Turner who finished into the top corner.
Sligo almost found a breakthrough when tidy passing in midfield found the ball at the feet of Kieran Sadlier who hit a strike that looked destined for the top corner but Freddy Hall was there to match it pulling out a stunning save.
Limerick then made it 2, a low cross from Ian Turner found Rodrigo Tosi after a sliced clearance from Michael Leahy, Tosi made no mistake and finished into the bottom corner, leaving the big Limerick crowd chanting his name.
Tosi then added a second, some fine play down the right hand side, led to an Ian Turner cross, Tosi rose the highest and hit a thunderous header into the bottom corner which led to great celebrations from both the players and the crowd.
Limerick almost added a fourth before the break. A dangerous cross into the box, caused Sligo right-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling to flick on. It looked certain for the top corner but grazed the top of the bar and went out for a corner.
Sligo pulled a goal back on the hour mark. Ian Turner gave the ball away cheaply, leading to a strike from Kieran Sadlier, the ball was palmed out from Freddy Hall to debutant Matthew Stevens who tapped in from close-range.
Limerick regained their control of the game, Some great play from Dean Clarke led to a cross. Rodrigo Tosi headed at goal leading to a super save from Schlingermann but the ball fell to Tosi again, who slotted home the rebound to complete his hat-trick
Tosi was then bundled over in the box, with referee Graham Kelly left with no choice but to give a penalty. Ian Turner stepped up to take and hit it straight down the middle, but keeper Michael Schlingermann never moved and caught the ball.
Limerick then added the fifth and a great goal it was. Substitute Chris Mulhall played a ball over the top. The ball flicked off the head of Gary Boylan into the path of Lee-J Lynch and on the half volley he chipped the onrushing Michael Schlingermann from 25 yards out.
A superb performance from Martin Russell’s men on what was a poor night for Sligo Rovers.