IT’S set to be a huge weekend of soccer in Limerick on both senior and junior fronts, with pivotal matches taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
Firstly, Limerick FC welcome FAI Cup winners St Patrick’s Athletic to Jackman Park in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division on Saturday evening (kick-off 6:30pm).
The Super Blues are still chasing their first league win at the fifth time of trying, although this week they have picked up two encouraging draws to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
They twice led at home to Longford Town last Saturday, Sean Russell grabbing both Limerick goals, before David O’Sullivan replied each time in a 2-2 draw. Then, on Tuesday, Martin Russell’s men claimed a 1-1 draw away to Drogheda. Ian Turner’s first half penalty had Limerick in front before the home side’s pressure eventually told late on as Sean Thornton fired home a free kick.
Once St Pat’s have returned to Dublin the thoughts of soccer fans in Limerick will turn to Sunday’s FAI Junior Cup quarter-final between Moyross United and North End United.
Moyross welcome the Wexford men to their home patch at noon on Sunday, knowing that victory will leave them just one match away from an illustrious final at the Aviva Stadium.
A home win on Sunday would continue the remarkable rise of a club that has been promoted six times in seven years to get to where it is now.
By Liam Togher