Limerick FC could count themselves extremely unlucky not to have taken at least a point from their game against St Patrick’s Athletic at the Markets Field. Ryan Brennan’s clinical finish in the final quarter proved to be the winner for a Pats side t
Limerick FC could count themselves extremely unlucky not to have taken at least a point from their game against St Patrick’s Athletic at the Markets Field.
Ryan Brennan’s clinical finish in the final quarter proved to be the winner for a Pats side that had keeper Barry Murphy in stunning form. He made three superb saves that ensured that all three points went back to Inchicore.
Limerick manager Tommy Barrett was proud of his charges post-game but bemoaned missed chances that blighted an impressive performance.
“We need to be more clinical but I can’t fault the lads,” said Barrett. “Danny (Morrissey) has done very well the last couple of weeks. He has got two cracking goals but we’re not getting the rub of the green in front of goal.”
When asked if he still believes Limerick can get out of relegation trouble, Barrett replied: “I think so but we have to play like that every time.
“In saying that, we haven’t been playing bad in any of the games we have lost. In Cork we were the better team. John Caulfield has said that it was the toughest game that they have had this season down there.
“Against Derry, for large periods it was the same - you would rather play poorly and win but if we keep up those kind of performances we should pick up points.”
After a week of turmoil off the field that involved spats between the club and supporters groups played out in the media, Limerick put in arguably their best performance of the season and Barrett said that the positivity of that must be harnessed.
“We have to be positive and create that positive energy. In fairness, most of the supporters have done that all year.
“I said it in my programme notes for this game that we have to give the fans something to cheer about as well.
“We can’t expect them to be positive from the start if we aren’t. We haven’t been good enough at home in some games but tonight we played some good football and that’s what fans need to see.
Barrett also mentioned that he hopes to strengthen his squad when the transfer window opens but admitted that he is happy with the players at his disposal at this moment.
“I can’t complain about any of the lads. They are a good group. The younger lads impressed again. We are hoping to get a couple of players in July and hopefully it won’t be too late.”