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Saturday 20 September 2014

Gaffney's goal puts major dent in St Pat's title hopes

St Patrick's Athletic 0 Limerick 1

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

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Limerick's Ian Turner gets to the ball ahead of Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Limerick's Ian Turner gets to the ball ahead of Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Keith Fahey of St Patrick's Athletic challenges for the ball with Stephen Folan of Limerick during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Keith Fahey of St Patrick's Athletic challenges for the ball with Stephen Folan of Limerick during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
St Patrick's Athletic's Conan Byrne tries to get away from Limerick goalscorer Rory Gaffney during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
St Patrick's Athletic's Conan Byrne tries to get away from Limerick goalscorer Rory Gaffney during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Limerick's resurgence under Martin Russell continued last night as Liam Buckley's former assistant put another huge dent in the champions' title hopes.

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After an injury-hit last season, Rory Gaffney has been a player reborn this year and his fifth goal in four games condemned Pat's to just their second home defeat of the season.

As they were against Bohs last Friday, Pat's were guilty of missing several first-half chances, but they did come up against an in-form Barry Ryan, who pulled off three stunning saves in the space of two minutes midway through the first half. He twice saved from Chris Forrester before brilliantly tipping Christy Fagan's header over the bar.

Limerick made Pat's pay for their missed chances five minutes after the restart when Gaffney cracked home a shot from the edge of the area. Jack Doherty then shot tamely at Brendan Clarke when he should have doubled the lead.

As they searched for an equaliser, the home crowd were incensed when it looked like Stephen Folan handled the ball in the box as a miserable evening for the champions was compounded.

St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke; O'Brien (c) (Quigley 81), Foran, Browne, Bermingham; McCormack, Fahey, Brennan (Bayly 88); Forrester (Greene 71), Fagan, Byrne.

Limerick: Ryan; Nzuzi, Folan, Oji, Williams; Duggan (c), Hughes, Turner, Doherty (Tracy 76); Djilali (O'Connor 81); Gaffney.

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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