Limerick FC entertain Sligo Rovers in a must win game at the Markets Field

Limerick FC welcome Sligo Rovers to the Markets Field on Friday night in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division (kick-off 7.45). Limerick are currently five points behind Sligo but the visitors also have a game in hand. It means that the clash is virtually a must win if Limerick are to have any chance of avoiding the playoff in October.

Limerick come into the game off the back of a hard fought 0-2 FAI Cup win against Cockhill Celtic in Donegal. Goals from Killian Brouder and Barry Maguire secured the victory and passage to the last 16 where they will face Cabinteely. On the other hand, Sligo suffered a surprise 0-1 defeat at home to Longford town. It is the second year in a row that the North-West club have been eliminated by the Midlands club.

Limerick manager Tommy Barrett has been totally honest in relation to what is required from Friday’s clash. When speaking to the club’s official website, Barrett stated;

“We need to win. It is as simple as that. There is no point in beating around the bush about it. If we are realistic about getting out of the playoff place, then we need three points here.”

Limerick have doubts over defensive duo Eoin Wearen and Killian Cantwell who both missed the last league outing at Bohemians due to suspension. Barrett will be desperately hoping that at least one of the two is available as Limerick suffered a defensive re-shuffle and a 5-0 defeat in Dublin when both players were absent. Cantwell has been a solid performer for Limerick since signing from Finn Harps last season.

Colman Kennedy will serve his suspension for his straight red card away at Bohemians which adds to the defensive woes for Barrett. Opponents Sligo will be without experienced duo David Cawley and Kyle Callan-McFadden due to suspension. Former Limerick FC player Lee-J Lynch now lines out for the Bit O’Red following a return from America.

Although many were expecting Limerick to struggle this season, Sligo’s current league position has surprised many including Barrett.

“Sligo are probably not doing as well as they should be with the budget that they have; with the players that they have and even the players they have on the bench. They have a good squad. They have signed players, experienced players, that we could not afford in a million years.”

Sligo will travel to Limerick following a 2-1 league victory over Derry City two weeks ago. A win for them will put them 8 points clear of Limerick with a game in hand so Ger Lyttle’s team will need no further motivation. However, the club have been knocked out of the EA Sports and FAI Cup’s since that league victory.

The clubs have met on three occasions already this season. On the opening night of the campaign, a second half goal from Darren Dennehy gave Limerick all three points. Sligo enacted revenge for the defeat with a 1-2 win at the Markets Field. The meeting at the Showgrounds in May ended in a scoreless draw.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Treaty United pick up point away to league leaders Cork City | HIGHLIGHTS

It was the visitors who had the ball in the net before the half-time whistle, as Byrne was ...
Read More

Treaty United launch Club Partner Programme

Treaty United are offering Player Development Camps across July and August at schoolboys/girls age groups. Treaty United are ...
Read More

Treaty United share the spoils with Cobh Ramblers | HIGHLIGHTS

The visitors had a barrage of chances as the clock ticked on, but failed to put one away ...
Read More

Winless run grows to 12 for Treaty United with Longford loss | HIGHLIGHTS

Longford won it in the 76th minute, as Dean O'Shea headed home from a corner to send the ...
Read More

Treaty United 11 games without a win after Wexford FC draw | HIGHLIGHTS

Byrne looked to have won it four minutes from time, the Treaty faithful elated at the prospect of ...
Read More

Treaty United welcome Wexford FC for First Division showdown

You have to go back to April 2022 for Treaty's last win over Friday night's opponents, a 2-1 ...
Read More

Treaty United now winless in 10 after Athlone Town defeat

Their last victory came away to Kerry FC on March 1 and they haven't scored at home since ...
Read More

Treaty United’s new third kit reflects history and spirit

The third kit will make its debut in this Friday night’s SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division ...
Read More