Airtricity League Premier Division club Limerick FC will take on Limerick District League Premier Division winners Janesboro in the Sporting Limerick Cup this coming Tuesday (June 13th) at the Markets Field at 7.45 pm.
The price of admission for the game is €5. All proceeds from this match will be donated to charity. Football supporters and the wider community are encouraged to attend an entertaining contest at the Garryowen venue.
Limerick FC will be using the game to maintain their fitness levels ahead of their return to action against high-flying Cork City on Friday week, June 16th. The Airtricity League is currently on a mid-season break. Neil McDonald will also view the game as an opportunity to assess his squad ahead of the July transfer window. Wingers Ian Turner and Stephen Kenny will be sure to get game time and will hope to impress the manager.
Also, former Regional Utd player Garbhan Coughlan will be expected to feature. Club stalwart Shane Tracey and Chris Mulhall may well play a part in the game if the likes of Tommy Robson and Shaun Kelly recover from injury in time for the Cork City game.
Local club Janesboro will be looking forward to testing themselves against the senior club in the city. Manager Shane O’Hanlon will be sure to field as close to a full-strength side as he possibly can for this clash.
The Southside club have many past links to Limerick FC which makes for an intriguing encounter. Centre-backs Thomas Clarke and Lee O’Mara both featured for the club in the past. Clarke was a part of the U-21 squad in 2006 while O’Mara featured in the FAI Senior Cup defeat to Sporting Fingal in 2010 in which he was sent-off. Left-back Aled Harkin also played for the U-21 side when the club was named Limerick 37 and played their home games in Jackman Park in 2007.
However, the most notable players who will be remembered by Limerick FC supporters are Janesboro attacking duo John Tierney and Shane Clarke. Tierney played for Limerick FC in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and was a regular fan favourite during that period. Clarke, brother of Thomas, had two spells as a Limerick player in 2007 and 2010.
Furthermore, Janesboro assistant manager Aidan Ryan spent time at the League of Ireland club as assistant manager to Noel O’Connor in 2005 and 2006.
The connections that Janesboro players and staff have with both clubs will certainly add spice to the highly anticipated clash.