Keegan hat-trick adds to Limerick woes
Limerick FC 2 Galway United 4
American Jake Keegan was praised for his goalscoring prowess after netting a hat-trick for Galway United at Markets Field.
Gary Shanahan was also on target as Tommy Dunne's side ran out emphatic winners, with goals from Vinny Faherty and Ian Turner insufficient for Limerick to stave off an eighth consecutive league defeat.
Galway first team coach Gary O'Connor said: "Jake is always good to get a goal. He's different quality. He's very calm in front of goal. He got 17 last year and he's on 10 now. He's aiming for 17 again."
Limerick manager Martin Russell appeared to concede that relegation now seems almost inevitable for his team, with 10 points separating them from Derry City in 11th, and he was left to reflect on the lack of depth and experience in his squad.
"As a manager, you try to put a competitive side out. We've been down the bones probably too much.
"We haven't got the strength in depth and we haven't got the competition either. We haven't had it from day one and this is where we are now. It's what we do about it which is the thing."
LIMERICK FC - Holland; Hughes (Costelloe 83), O'Connor, Whitehead, Tracy; Duggan, O'Conor (Turner 68); Clarke, Lynch (Agyemang 46), Russell; Faherty.
GALWAY UTD - Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Walsh, Ludden; Byrne, O'Leary; Shanahan, Connolly (Molloy 83), Keegan; Curran (Cunningham 27).
REF - G Kelly (Cork)
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GALWAY UNITED 4