Soccer – Blues bottom at half time #loi


4 April 2015; Limerick FC manager Martin Russell. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick FC v Dundalk. Jackman Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell vowed that his team will not wallow in self-pity after reaching the midway stage of the season, still without a league win in 2015.
After 16 games, the Super Blues have managed just five draws and they lie six points adrift at the bottom of the table behind Bray Wanderers.
Russell admitted that the players’ confidence has been dented by that inability to register a victory, but he believes there is ample time for Limerick to rescue their season.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to keep on trying. You can point to a number of games where we’ve been close [to picking up points] and the nature of this league is that you win two games and suddenly you’re back in the mix. When results go for you, you make hay and the results just haven’t been going for us so far.”
Limerick’s last game before the mid-season break ended in a 3-1 defeat away to St Patrick’s Athletic, who struck three goals in eight second half minutes through Chris Forrester, Aaron Greene and Christy Fagan after Dean Clarke had given the Super Blues an interval lead.
Russell said afterwards: “Once they got the first one back, they were on the front foot then and it was a killer blow. There was a lot in the first half that was very good from us and we rightly went in 1-0 up at half-time, but then Pat’s came at us and we couldn’t contain them. We’ve to look as well at the goals we conceded and how we can prevent them in future.
“We come back after the break with a massive game away to Dundalk and then we have two home games back at the Markets Field. This middle period of the season is vital for us.”
Last week, UL staged the annual Kennedy Cup tournament, with Kerry the surprise winners after beating reigning champions DDSL in Friday’s final.
Limerick Desmond finished fourth after a devastating 11-10 penalty shoot-out defeat to the eventual champions in the Cup semi-finals. Limerick District ended the tournament in 13th place while Limerick County were 29th.