The Shannonsiders know they can catch fifth placed Athlone with a victory away to Waterford this Friday evening.
Treaty United suffered a 4-1 loss at home to Galway United on Saturday afternoon, in what was the penultimate league fixture of the season.
Despite the loss, Tommy Barrett’s men remain just two points off the playoff spots, and the Shannonsiders know they can catch fifth placed Athlone with a victory away to Waterford this Friday evening.
Athlone host Longford, and should they lose, there is hope for Treaty, but they must pick up the three points themselves.
At the Markets Field last Saturday, hope was in short supply for the Shannonsiders, who fell behind after just four minutes. Galway forward Ed McCarthy cut in onto his right foot before smashing one in off the underside of the bar to give his side an early lead.
Despite the early setback, Barrett’s side did well to keep out the champions’ attack for much of the opening 45, but they would leak again in the 37′, McCarthy turning provider for Stephen Walsh to make it two heading into the break.
Mark Walsh flicked on a corner to give Treaty a second-half lifeline, but the excitement soon faded, as just minutes later Francely Lomboto struck a third for Galway.
Substitute Wassim Aouachria added the fourth for the champions, his tidy finish putting the cherry on top 15 minutes from time.
Despite the heavy defeat, Treaty will remain optimistic heading into this Friday’s clash with Waterford, knowing they must pick up three points, and hope results go their way in Athlone.