Points blow for Limerick
LIMERICK FC were dealt a blow in their bid for promotion yesterday when the FAI's decision to award Monaghan three points from their match against Finn Harps on September 3 was upheld.
The teams drew the match in question 0-0, but, after Harps were found to have played an ineligible player, the result was declared null and void and the FAI disciplinary committee ruled that Harps should forfeit the match on a 3-0 scoreline.
Limerick appealed that decision to the FAI's appeals committee, who upheld the ruling.
The Shannonsiders then took their case to an independent arbitrator, who also backed the original decision.
Limerick visit Gortakeegan on Friday night and Pat Scully's charges must beat Roddy Collins' table-toppers to have any hope of finishing third and therefore qualify for a promotion-relegation play-off.
It promises to be a cracker because Monaghan (64 points) will also be desperate to secure all three points as they bid to hold off Cork City (63) and Shelbourne (62 with a game in hand) in the battle for First Division honours and automatic promotion.