Limerick left feeling blue after Munster Derby defeat

Harry Coyne

Limerick welcomed Cork City to the Marketsfield on Friday night on front of a bumper 3,000 crowd, supported by a massive Cork City contingent.

The home side took control early on and the first chance of the game fell to Rodrigo Tosi, a move down the right side ended with Lee-J Lynch floating a ball into the box, the ball found Tosi’s head but the Brazilian could only head wide under pressure from Alan Bennett

Cork started to build into the game, but it was a Shaun Kelly error that granted them their first of the evening. Limerick seemed calm in possession until a misplaced backpass by Kelly found the feet of Sean Maguire who slotted home, to continue his superb form this season.

The second goal came minutes later. Limerick gave away possession through Tommy Robson. The ball was switched to Kevin O’Connor who put in an outstanding cross to the back-post which found Gary Buckley to tap in from 6 yards.

The hosts then had a chance before the break. Former Cork winger Chiedozie Ogbene picked up the ball in midfield, he charged through the midfield but was tackled by Alan Bennett, the ball then fell to the feet of Ian Turner but he could only hit wide, leaving Cork in full control at the half time break.

Limerick switched to 3 at the back after halftime to try get something going forward, but after 48 seconds of the second half any chance of a comeback was quenched. Gearoid Morrissey picked the ball up in midfield and unleashed a 25 yard strike into the bottom corner which keeper Brendan Clarke should have dealt better with.

Limerick dominated the game after this. Robbie Williams’ deflected free kick was saved low down by Mark McNulty. John O’Flynn should have finished a close range strike as well but McNulty saved once again. Rodrigo Tosi and Paul O’Conor also went close late on.

Cork could have had 4 at the end of the game but Shaun Kelly blocked on the line to stop a Sean Maguire strike. Cork saw out the rest of the game comfortably and picked up their 7th win on the trot in the league.

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