Tuesday 28 March 2017

Judge shows Monaghan no mercy

JEFFREY JUDGE hit a hat-trick at Jackman Park last night as Limerick progressed to the semi-finals when hammering Monaghan United.

Monaghan manager Roddy Collins fielded only two of the side who won last weekend and he gave debuts to his 17-year-old son, also Roddy, and David Byrne.

After Brian McCarthy had fluffed an early chance, Limerick went in front after five minutes.

Teenager Stephen McGann's terrific cross found Judge unmarked on the edge of the box and his cracking volley gave goalkeeper Jake Rossiter no chance.

Rossiter then made a great save to deny McGann, but the Monaghan 'keeper was at fault when he dropped a shot into the path of Pat Purcell, who was then hauled down in the area.

Thomas Lyons marked his first appearance of the season by slotting home the resultant penalty kick.

Limerick continued to dominate against the outclassed visitors, who must have been relieved to reach the sanctuary of the dressing-room at half-time only two down.

Pat Scully's charges remained in control throughout the second half -- although Andy Haran missed two fantastic opportunities for the visitors -- and Judge went on to complete his hat-trick with goals after 55 and 65 minutes.

Garbhan Coughlan was sent into the fray after 62 minutes and 10 minutes later he made it 5-0.

As Monaghan struggled to keep pace with a rampant Limerick, Judge almost had a fourth, but his effort drifted inches wide.

The hardy home fans in an attendance of 358 went home pleased with the result even thought it was too one-sided to be exciting.

Limerick FC -- Ryan, Treacy, Purcell, McCarthy, Bhandarkar, Judge, McGahon, Sheedy, Lyons, (Broughall 70), Quinn, Breen (Brosnan (18, Coughlan 62).

Monaghan Utd -- Rossiter, Fallon, Marks, Collins, A Byrne (Collins 48), Tierney, Fitzgerald, Foley, Haran, D Byrne, Isichei.

Ref -- G Kelly (Cork).

GARY BURKE reminded Pat Fenlon of his talents as he earned Bohemians a draw against Dundee United at Dalymount Park last night.

Dundee, with Sean Dillon and Willo Flood in their side, led at half-time thanks to Garry Kenneth's strike.

However, Burke cancelled that strike out early in the second half, when he lobbed goalkeeper Filip Mentel.

BOHEMIANS -- M Belleck; O'Reilly, Feely, Burns (Lopes h-t), Cahill; Hurley (Fowler 74), Bayly (Buckley h-t); Dixon (Keely 68), Traynor (Burke h-t), Brennan (Forrester 52); Downes (Fagan 59).

DUNDEE UTD -- Banks (Mentel h-t); Dillon, Severin (Smith 65), Kenneth (Douglas 74), Dixon; Goodwillie (Allan 76), Flood (Mackay Stevens 76), Robertson, Rankin; Armstrong (Russell 68), Daly.

REF -- D McKeon (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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