Soccer – Limerick FC U/19’s to face Cork City in Final

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League of Ireland Under 19 Champions Knockout Phase Semi-Final, Limerick FC V St Patrick's Athletic. 05/12/2015. University of Limerick, Limerick, Co Limerick. Mandatory Credit: Conor Wyse
League of Ireland Under 19 Champions Knockout Phase Semi-Final, Limerick FC V St Patrick’s Athletic. 05/12/2015. University of Limerick, Limerick, Co Limerick. Mandatory Credit: Conor Wyse

LIMERICK FC’s under 19s have qualified for the final of the National League, following a 2-1 win over St Patrick’s Athletic last weekend in UL. The final, which will take place on Sunday December 13 at 5.30pm will see Tommy Barrett’s side take on Cork City, who themselves defeated UCD last night. (Wednesday)
St. Pat’s had been undefeated since last March, having won the competition last season before going through the current campaign with 11 wins and two draws in 13 outings, along with nine clean-sheets.
The ‘Baby Blues’ gained revenge for their defeat by the Saints in last April’s last-four clash on Shannonside with an early second-half own-goal and Clyde O’Connell’s late penalty being enough to edge them to a 2-1 win.
In even better news, it was confirmed this week that the final against either UCD or Cork City will be played at Limerick FC’s homeground, the Markets Field.
“We’re delighted to be in the final, at the Markets Field,” manager Tommy Barrett told LimerickFC.ie.
“The lads are looking forward to playing there; none of them have really played there but they’re going to be buzzing. They were a bit disappointed when the game was moved but I told them the final would be on in the Markets Field so that cheered them up again. “We’re always confident that we’re going to win.
“We tried to stay as positive as possible. A lot of people wrote us off; there was a poll done on a couple of websites and they were writing us off as well so that’s only ammunition for the boys. It’s great.”
The three teams remaining in the competition all came from Section One, where Cork and UCD beat Limerick each time in a total of four meetings. “We don’t fear anyone,” Tommy insisted. “We’ll go to win it, we’ll be positive and hopefully we win.”