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Limerick show their class and breeze past Sligo Rovers

Harry Coyne

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.

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