Buckley: Confidence rock bottom
Limerick FC 3 St Patrick's Athletic 1
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley conceded after his team's fourth league defeat in a row that the players' confidence is "as low as it can be".
Reflecting on his team's worrying form, he said: "We're conceding too many goals.
"We had been relatively tight up to a few weeks back and all of a sudden we're letting in three or four goals a match, so we've got to work on that over the next few weeks."
Limerick's fifth win from six has pushed them to within two points of Sligo Rovers in 11th and manager Martin Russell feels that his players are up for the fight for Premier Division survival.
"There's plenty of twists and turns to go and we've got massive games at home and away, but I think you can see from the performances of the lads that they're relishing the challenge and as long as they do that, they'll do themselves justice."
Two goals from Ian Turner and another from the in-form Vinny Faherty had Limerick 3-0 up inside 47 minutes before James Chambers struck a late free-kick. Limerick had Shaun Kelly sent off in the 26th minute for an off-the-ball-incident involving Morgan Langley.
LIMERICK FC - Hall; Kelly, Kanyuka, Whitehead, Tracy; O'Conor, Duggan; Turner, Lynch (Russell 46), Clarke; Faherty (Rainsford 85).
ST PAT'S - O'Malley; O'Brien, Browne, Hoare, Bermingham; Byrne (Markey 72), Chambers, Bolger, Greene (Bayly 78), Langley; McGrath.
REF - G Kelly (Cork)