Limerick overpower Galway to ramp up survival mission
Galway United 1 Limerick 3
The stakes were piled high at Eamonn Deacy Park so Limerick's significant travelling support gleefully celebrated a critical win in the west.
When Galway cruised to a convincing success over Limerick at Markets Field in July, 17 points separated the clubs, but last night that gap was trimmed to three.
Martin Russell's charges summoned a dynamic display to secure a vital victory to inject their survival mission with hope and confidence.
It was a demoralising defeat for Galway, who were outsmarted in an absorbing encounter.
That a native Galwegian, Vinny Faherty, landed the decisive blows for Limerick merely added to the disappointment for the locals.
Utterly dominant in the opening quarter, Limerick squandered a number of chances but eventually netted a goal in the 18th minute when Faherty skipped past Samuel Oji before curling a splendid shot into the bottom corner.
After the restart Galway upped their game and levelled in the 61st minute when Oji headed home in an inviting Ryan Connolly corner.
Limerick, though, went back in front five minutes later when Ian Turner ruthlessly punished poor Galway defending.
And the visitors wrapped up the points nine minutes from time when Turner supplied the pin-point cross for Faherty to glance a header beyond Conor Winn's despairing dive.
Suddenly Limerick's seasonal mission to avoid the drop doesn't seem quite so impossible as Galway must now embark on a daunting trip to Dundalk next Friday.
Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Oji, Walsh, Ludden; Shanahan, O'Leary, Sinnott (O'Connell 79), Keegan; Connolly; Curran (Melody 42).
Limerick FC - Hall; Kelly, Kanyuka, Williams, Russell; Turner, O'Conor, Duggan, Clarke (Rainsford 86); Lynch; Faherty (Mann 90).
Ref - D McKeon (Dublin).