Blues host Bohs before mid-season break

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24 February 2018; Paddy Kavanagh of Bohemians in action against Daniel Kearns of Limerick during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Limerick FC and Bohemians at Market's Field in Limerick. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

LIMERICK FC play their final match prior to the mid-season break this Friday evening when they host Bohemians at Markets Field (kick-off 7:45pm).

Both previous meetings between the clubs this season finished honours even, with Bohs claiming a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw upon their last visit to Shannonside in February and the teams playing out a goalless stalemate at Dalymount Park two months ago.

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Limerick currently lie two places and three points behind Keith Long’s men in the Premier Division, with the Super Blues remaining ninth and level with Sligo Rovers on 17 points after a 0-0 draw at The Showgrounds last Friday.

Tommy Barrett was able to name just six substitutes on the night, with nine players unavailable to him for a variety of reasons, although the visitors came the closest to scoring, with two efforts coming back off the woodwork.

Cian Coleman was first to strike the frame of Sligo’s goal, his 34th-minute header rebounding off the crossbar, and then Daniel Kearns hit the upright with a free kick just a minute later.

Sligo were reduced to ten men late on when John Mahon received his second yellow card of the game and the home side clung on for a point as a last-ditch tackle thwarted Mark O’Sullivan when the Limerick striker looked primed to hit a late winner.

In recent days, Barrett responded to claims on social media that the club’s players had not received their wages from last week, asserting that the players were not due to be paid until the beginning of June.

The manager added that Limerick FC had paid their players before the first day of the month on some previous occasions, but payment is generally made on the first Friday of the month.

Meanwhile, Limerick midfielder Henry Cameron was recently called up to the New Zealand senior squad for their participation in the Intercontinental Cup in India in June.