Cawley to rescue for Galway
Limerick FC 1 Galway United 1
David Cawley struck a late stunner to salvage a point for winless Galway United at the Markets Field last night.
Man of the match Robbie Williams opened the scoring for the home side just past the half-hour.
But Cawley fired a 30-yard effort high into the net on a night when the Shannonsiders paid the first for missed chances at the Garryowen venue.
Limerick went ahead in the 32nd minute, Williams powerfully heading home a perfect Lee Lynch free-kick after Ronan Murray fouled Chiedozie Ogbene.
At the other end, Kevin Devanney couldn't get the ball out from under his feet on the edge of the area and Limerick keeper Brendan Clarke had to race off his line to deny Murray.
United, sporadically threatening, saw Stephen Folan's long-range free kick fly straight into the hands of Clarke in the 58th minute, while the Tommy Robson and Ogbene combination almost worked again in the 70 minute.
Limerick captain Shannon Duggan played the ball out wide to Robson, but his clever flick over the top was blasted over by Ogbene, with Robson then seeing yellow for a hefty challenge of Gary Shanahan.
Bastien Hery saw his effort brilliantly saved by Conor Winn ten minutes from time and Limerick had appeals for handball waved aside from the corner.
Limerick appeared to be heading for their third straight win under interim boss Willie Boland, but Cawley smashed in a wonder-strike for a contender for goal of the month five minutes from time.
Limerick FC - Clarke, Kelly, O'Conor, Williams, Robson, Whitehead, Duggan, Lynch (Hery 71), Mulhall (Clarke 79), Ogbene, Tosi (O'Flynn 58).
Galway United - Winn, Byrne (Faherty 62), Grace, Horgan, Sinnott (Shanahan 62) Folan, Ludden, Devanney (Cunningham 81), Holohan, Cawley, Murray.
Ref - S Grant (Wexford).