Friday 28 July 2017

Rice denies Limerick in thriller

Limerick FC 3-3 Longford Town

Limerick's Ian Turner gave his side the lead on 14 minutes when he made his way into the penalty area and fired low into the corner
Limerick's Ian Turner gave his side the lead on 14 minutes when he made his way into the penalty area and fired low into the corner
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Limerick FC were involved in yet another goal-laden affair, but this time they weren't able to add to their August winning sequence as Longford twice fought back to rescue a point.

Ian Turner put the home side in front on 14 minutes when he made his way into the penalty area and fired low into the corner.

It was soon 2-0 to Martin Russell's men, Shane Tracy unleashing a 20-yard strike first time at a raucous Markets Field.

Limerick were in full control, but Longford halved the deficit on the half-hour when Aymen Ben Mohamed's corner was headed to the net by the unmarked Rhys Gorman.

Tony Cousins' side restored parity shortly before the interval through Mark Salmon, despite Tracy's best efforts to hack the ball away off the goal-line.

Limerick forced their way back into the lead just after the hour, Robbie Williams' header beating Paul Hunt in the Longford goal. It was almost 4-2 a minute later, Hunt producing a magnificent save from Dean Clarke.

The teams were level again after 71 minutes, Stephen Rice looping a header into the net from Conor Powell's free kick, and the spoils were shared.

Both teams were adventurous in their pursuit of a winning goal, but ultimately both had to settle for a draw in this tumultuous encounter.

LIMERICK FC - Hall; O'Conor, O'Connor, Williams, Tracy; Lynch (Kelly 59), Duggan; Turner, Russell, Clarke; Faherty.

LONGFORD TOWN - Hunt; Mulhall, Rossiter, Gorman, Powell; O'Connor; Shannon, Rice, Salmon (Gannon 85), Ben Mohamed (Kelly 58); Shaw.

REF - B Connolly (Dublin).

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