Super Blues on a break

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brian o'callaghanLIMERICK FC lie mid-table at the mid-season break in the 2013 Airtricity League Premier Division, occupying seventh place as the campaign takes a two-week breather.

The Super Blues will be reasonably satisfied with such a position halfway through the season, although they enter the break without a win in five league games since beating Cork City on the May bank holiday weekend.

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Last Friday 14 they travelled to Tallaght to face Shamrock Rovers, who prevailed 1-0 thanks to Karl Sheppard’s goal shortly before half time.

The night ended on a sour note for Limerick as Jeffrey Judge was sent off for the second time this season, bringing their red card count to seven for the campaign.

Stuart Taylor’s men remain in a mid-table position, although their recent winless run has seen them lose ground on the teams above them and they are just five points ahead of UCD in 11th.

They return to action on Friday June 28 with a home fixture against Dundalk (kick-off 7:45pm) and then, on Monday July 1, Sligo Rovers visit Thomond Park in the EA Sports Cup.

With both of those expected to be tough games, the Super Blues will no doubt have their eye on harvesting a few league points in July.

Next month they face three teams currently below them in the table – Bohemians, Bray Wanderers and Shelbourne – and that may present them with a good chance of getting back to winning ways.

Limerick’s seventh-place standing is a good indicator of their season so far, one that has seen them perform very impressively in some games but disappoint in others.

Taylor’s preference for open, attacking football has won favour with the supporters and drawn praise from observers around the country.

Although they are yet to take the scalp of one of the top teams in the division, the Super Blues have caused plenty of problems for the likes of Derry City, Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers in 2013, drawing with the latter two.

With a little more consistency in the second half of the season, Limerick FC can certainly enjoy a pleasing first year back in the top flight.