Limerick face Bohs in FAI Cup

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limerick fc v bohemiansLIMERICK FC will be in FAI Cup action this weekend as they take on Bohemians at Thomond Park in a second round clash on Saturday evening (kick-off 5:30pm).

The Super Blues come into the match in good form after two substantial victories and they will aim to keep the run going against their struggling opponents, whom Limerick have already beaten this year in the league.

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Limerick manager Stuart Taylor is targeting a prolonged cup run in 2014. He said: “Certainly it would be great if we could get a good run. We want to stay in the competition right to the end and we would love to be in it for a long time yet.

“We’ll concentrate on our first game against Bohemians. It’s a very difficult game. Bohemians will come down here and make it very tough for us. We know we’re in for a game. We know it’s going to be tough work but we’re prepared for work at this club and the players are prepared to put a shift in.”

The Shannonsiders’ last outing yielded their biggest win of the season, a 4-1 rout of Drogheda United away to the Louth club. Early goals from Danny Galbraith and Tam McManus set the tone for the match, even though Drogheda halved the deficit through Declan O’Brien. Limerick surged further clear, though, with a superb volley from Shane Duggan and a goal direct from a corner from Shane Tracy.

Former Drogheda player Taylor was ecstatic with Limerick’s performance, saying: “It’s without doubt the biggest result we’ve had away from home. It’s the biggest result we’ve had this season in terms of the amount of goals that we’ve scored and by the biggest margin as well. It was thoroughly deserved.

“We did have other chances but I’m really happy with the final result and I’m happy with the clean sheet in the second half. It was a good, professional performance all the way from the goalkeeper to the strikers.”

Having been 11th a mere couple of weeks ago, the Super Blues now lie in the top half of the Premier Division and are just four points behind Sligo Rovers, who had been tipped as title contenders in pre-season.

According to goalkeeper Barry Ryan, Limerick are now getting the victories they deserve after some luckless results. He said: “The signs have been there for the last few weeks. We stuck at it and we’re getting our just rewards at the minute.

“We’ve stuck to what we’ve been doing over the last few weeks. We’ve changed nothing. We had a good performance Friday night in Drogheda so we just have to carry it on to this Saturday.”