Ref under microscope in Limerick thriller
Referee Kevin O'Regan was at the centre of attention at the Market's Field as runaway First Divsion leaders Limerick staged an amazing comeback to beat UCD 4-3 and maintain their unbeaten record.
O'Regan sent off a player from each side and awarded three penalties in a bizarre match.
Limerick defender Robbie Williams was the first to receive his marching orders after nine minutes and Gary O'Neill converted the spot kick to level the game at 1-1.
After Kieran 'Marty' Waters had put the Students in front, further drama followed four minutes after restart when UCD were reduced to 10 players as Josh Collins was shown the yellow card for the second time. Stephen Kenny converted the resulting penalty to make it 2-2.
Goals from Aaron Greene and a second from Chris Mulhall looked to have sealed the points for Limerick, but O'Regan then awarded a third penalty with 11 minutes left.
Greg Sloggett's goal made for a nervy finish but Limerick held on for their 14th win in 15 games.