Financial issues off the pitch and some heavy defeats on it, 2018 will be a season best forgotten by Limerick FC fans. Losing a host of the squad’s star names in pre-season, rookie boss Tommy Barrett was always going to be up against the odds to keep the Munster outfit above water in the top-flight this season. Their fate long decided, a play-off against old-foes Finn Harps to come on bank holiday Monday, Barrett has admitted his already depleted side could do without a dead rubber Munster derby away to Waterford this weekend.
Speaking on last night’s Series 2-Episode 29 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast, Barrett admitted he would rather not have to play out this final Premier Division fixture.
“It would’ve been very interesting if Shamrock Rovers and Waterford were still battling for third and Bohs were in the cup final because I have to look after my squad first and foremost and we’ve so many Injuries and we’ve such low numbers so to play on a Friday away from home and then up to Harps on a Monday is a really big ask, especially considering they’ve had a ten day break between matches.”
Stating his out of form Limerick side would ring the changes at the RSC, Barrett went on to state the case that it is indeed Finn Harps who will line out as favorites for the two-legged play-off tie despite their First Division status.
“I know a lot of people will say we are full-time but we’re not. I’ve eight full-time players and two of those are long-term injuries and out of the other six lads there’s only one of those whose experienced at the moment in Shane Duggan, all the rest are young lads.”
With such noises coming out of the Limerick camp ahead of tomorrow’s Munster derby, Waterford fans will be hopeful of adding yet more misery to their provincial rivals ahead of that do or die tie against the Donegal outfit with the first leg coming at Finn Park this coming Monday.
To catch Tommy Barrett’s interview on Between the Stripes LOI podcast in full, why not listen to the show now using the Audioboom player below or alternatively, you can find the weekly podcast on a plethora of popular media platforms such as Itunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and many more! The Limerick FC boss appears from the 40 minute mark or so.