Connor Ellis starred for Limerick FC as they overcame the challenge of First Division outfit Cabinteely FC at the Markets Field. Ellis scored Limerick’s first goal and played a huge part in Barry Maguire’s second that sealed their place in the last
Connor Ellis starred for Limerick FC as they overcame the challenge of First Division outfit Cabinteely FC at the Markets Field.
Ellis scored Limerick’s first goal and played a huge part in Barry Maguire’s second that sealed their place in the last eight of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
Cabinteely put it up to their Premier Division opponents for large parts and Ellis was delighted that his contribution helped Limerick over the line.
“It was nice to chip in with a goal and an assist and help the team out. Cabinteely have some good players and it was always going to be a sticky one.
“Especially after the hurlers winning this week, we felt we had to up our game as we have been losing a lot but to get the win was great.”
The former Cork City youngster has found it tough since making the move to Limerick, largely due to a niggling injury that played with during the opening months of the season.
Ellis is now fully fit and raring to go as Limerick embark on a cup run and in their bid to escape the threat of relegation in the remaining seven SSE Premier Division games.
“Up until last year I have been injury free but this one kept on going for four or five months. It was frustrating as I was at a new club and not really showing the fans what you can do.
“I still have a lot to improve on and work on but I feel in the last five or six weeks since the break, I have finally started to hit another gear. I just hope now that we can push on, stay up and build on it even more next year.”
Limerick's number 10 also admitted that reaching the quarter finals of the cup is a welcome distraction from the club’s league woes.
“It’s massively important,” the striker said of Limerick’s run in the cup. “We will fight to the end in the league but being realistic, eight points off safety with seven games left, it’s not looking likely.
“Your season would have been dead and buried (without the cup run) and you’re trying to pick yourself up in the first week of November for a playoff. It’s very hard.
“At least now for the next few games, even if you are not fighting for the league, you are fighting for your shirt in the starting 11 for the cup quarter final.”