Can Limerick FC jump through Hoops?

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st pats v limerickLIMERICK FC’s final game before the mid-season break sees them travel to Tallaght Stadium on Friday 14 to take on Shamrock Rovers (kick-off 8pm).

Stuart Taylor’s men are currently seventh in the table, three places behind the in-form Hoops, who were held to a 1-1 draw when they came to Thomond Park in April.

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The Super Blues played in Tallaght twice last year, both in cup competitions and both ending in defeat.

It will be Limerick’s third trip to Dublin this month, having beaten Glenville in the FAI Cup before a 3-0 defeat to league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic last Saturday 8.

Goals from Killian Brennnan, Anto Flood and Jake Kelly maintained the Inchicore side’s recent excellent form, which has seen them open a six-point lead at the top of the league, and consigned the Super Blues to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Through injury, suspension and exams, the visitors’ squad has been decimated to the point that Taylor did not even name the full complement of seven substitutes, but the manager refused to put on the poor mouth.

“I still believe we could have gone up there and got a result. I still believe the quality we had on the pitch was good enough to get something out of the game.

“I think the second goal deflated us and we’re looking for a better reaction. It’s part of our experience of being in the Premier that we are going to be punished for any mistakes that we make.”

Limerick FC fans would have been particularly interested in this week’s instalment of Monday Night Soccer on RTE. Taylor was a guest on the programme, which also included the draw for the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup.

The Super Blues were given a home fixture against Sligo Rovers, with the tie scheduled for Monday July 1.