Wexford and Limerick couldn't be separated after a scoreless stalemate in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on a miserably wet night in Ferrycarrig Park. There was very little to warm the cockles in the first-half, although the hosts did have
Wexford and Limerick couldn't be separated after a scoreless stalemate in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on a miserably wet night in Ferrycarrig Park.
There was very little to warm the cockles in the first-half, although the hosts did have an early sight of goal when a left-footed Jack Doherty free was met by the head of Darragh O'Connor, who glanced his effort wide.
Limerick's first real moment of threat came in the 17th minute when Kieran Hanlon turned on the edge of the box and shot off target, while seven minutes later Darren Murphy also tried his luck from distance with a similar result.
Wexford did manage to put together some decent passages of play in the opening half and in the 38th minute Danny Furlong nodded a Chris Kenny delivery down to Jack Doherty and he fired a well-struck volley straight down the throat of goalkeeper Jack Brady.
Limerick began the second-half with the bit between their teeth and three minutes after the turnaround Lee Devitt met Shaun Kelly's cross from the right but volleyed straight at Corey Chambers, and seconds later Karl O'Sullivan drove forward with menace and forced a decent save out of Chambers once with an effort from the edge of the area.
In the 52nd minute Wexford sprang back to life and John Peare and Jack Doherty played a neat one-two, with the former seeing his effort coming back off the post, while Thomas Croke's follow-up shot was blocked.
On the hour mark Limerick came close to breaking the deadlock when Kieran Hanlon's daisy-cutter of a free-kick took a wicked deflected and Chambers produced an instinctive save to tip the ball around the post.
Shane Tracy had two efforts from free-kicks late on, with the first striking the wall and the second sailing over the crossbar as Limerick tried to grab a precious winner.
It was then Wexford's turn to threaten with five minutes remaining as they carved open the Limerick defence, with Croke spraying the ball out to substitute Danny Doyle, who put Doherty through, but his shot was straight at Brady.
Limerick came close to stealing it in the final minute when Robert Williams got a touch on Tracy's corner but Chambers was equal to it, while seconds later at the other end Chris Kenny warmed the gloves of Brady.