Limerick FC 1 Bray Wanderers 0
Markets Field, Premier Division, 9 March 2018
Both sides had suffered heavy defeats in their last outings so both defences were on edge. The difficult playing surface did not help matters, a school’s rugby match was played at the venue a few days previous.
Neither keeper was tested greatly in the first half with Limerick having the two best chances. William Fitzgerald set up Daniel Kearns, who fired across goal, which the Bray defence eventually cleared. Aaron Dillon easily saved from Eoin Wearen, after good build-up from Fitzgerald and Connor Ellis. Wanderers forced a couple of corners and free kicks late in the half but failed to test Brendan Clarke.
The game improved in the second half. Darren Dennehy headed just wide moments into the second half. Aaron Greene then had the best chance of the game. He outpaced the Limerick defence but shot straight at Clarke, McCabe eventually blazing over.
Limerick struck for the vital winner after 81 minutes. Shane Tracy crossed from the left and substitute Danny Morrissey dived to head home at the back post.
Limerick FC: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Tony Whitehead, Darren Dennehy, Shane Tracy, Will Fitzgerald, Cian Coleman, Eoin Wearen, Shane Duggan, Daniel Kearns, Connor Ellis.
Subs:Killian Cantwell (for Fitzgerald 91), Danny Morrissey (for Ellis 76), Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen, Alan Murphy, Tommy Holland (gk), Henry Cameron, Barry Maguire (for Coleman 69).
Bray Wanderers: Aaron Dillon, Dan McKenna, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Kevin Lynch, Ronan Coughlan, Paul O’Conor, John Sullivan, Cory Galvin, Aaron Greene, Gary McCabe.
Subs: Daniel Kelly (for Couglan 79), Darragh Noone (for Sullivan 88), Ger Pender (for Galvin 85), Dylan Hayes, Andrew McGovern, Evan Moran (GK).
Referee: Anthony Buttimer
Match Report: Michael Duffy