Treaty United host Kerry FC in crucial First Division tie

Friday’s clash will be the first of three in a week as Treaty travel to Bray on Monday afternoon before hosting Athlone Town this day week.

Treaty United will seek a second win of the campaign this evening as they host Kerry FC in the SSE Airtrcity First Division. Kick off in the Markets Field is at 7.45pm.

In the third round of the campaign the sides played out a 1-1 draw in Tralee with both picking up their first point of the season on that night. Since then, Kerry have only added one more point as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Treaty have fared slightly better in the meantime, grabbing their first win earlier this month, defeating Longford Town 3-2 in Garryowen.

It will be the second game in a week for Tommy Barrett’s men after their 4-1 defeat to Waterford FC in the Markets Field on Monday evening. Limerick native Ronan Coughlan hit a hat trick for the visitors while Dean George pulled one back for Treaty. Three days earlier, the Limerick side had a 1-1 draw with Cobh Ramblers in Cork.

Tommy Barrett is likely to make a number of changes for the game this evening with Dean George, Enda Curran and Colin Conroy rested on Monday, while Anto O’Donnell will be available having missed out due to work commitments.

Curran was on target when the sides met earlier this season, netting the equaliser.

16 September 2022; Enda Curran of Treaty United celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the FAI Cup Quarter-Final match between Treaty United and UCD at Markets Field in Limerick. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

On the same evening that Treaty overcame Longford, Kerry brought their losing streak to an end with a 1-1 stalemate against Finn Harps. However, a pair of defeats have followed against Waterford and Galway United.

Friday’s clash will be the first of three in a week as Treaty travel to Bray on Monday afternoon before hosting Athlone Town this day week.

Tommy Barrett’s side are currently second from bottom, five clear of Kerry and level on points with Longford Town. They are just six points off the play-off spots with Athlone Town occupying fifth place. Galway United are clear on top with ten successive wins. Waterford FC are in second place, seven points behind.

Kerry at home provides the perfect opportunity for the Limerick side to distance themselves from the bottom and launch an assault on the play-off places but Treaty will be aware that local opposition will always provide its challenges.

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