Russell relief as Limerick end wait
Limerick 3 Sligo Rovers 2
Limerick manager Martin Russell was happy to see his team ride their luck to record their first league win of the season at the 22nd attempt, and narrow the gap on 11th-placed Sligo Rovers to seven points.
Having been 2-0 up at half-time through a Vinny Faherty brace, Dean Clarke's 64th-minute goal - which took a deflection off former team-mate Jason Hughes - proved to be the winner, coming either side of Sligo strikes from Rob Lahane and Gary Armstrong.
Reflecting on the overdue victory, Russell said: "We got the rub of the green with Clarke's goal, but there were also times where I thought we could have killed the game off earlier. All in all we're pleased with the win, but we know we've got a lot of work ahead of us."
By contrast, Gavin Dykes was left to rue a pitiful first half display from Sligo, who belatedly came to life after the interval but were left with too much to do, despite pushing hard for an equaliser in the closing minutes.
"We're disappointed because we're getting punished. We're giving away silly goals. We made silly mistakes last week and silly mistakes this week," he lamented.
It was Limerick's first league win since beating Sligo 1-0 at Thomond Park last October.
Limerick - F Hall; S Kelly, P Kanyuka, R Williams, S Tracy; S Duggan, L Lynch, P O'Connor, I Turner (S Russell 82), D Clarke; V Faherty (C Guedje 82).
Sligo Rovers - R Brush; P Nzuzi, G Peers (D Ledwith ht), T Clancy, A Keane; G Boylan (G Armstrong ht), J Hughes, R Donelon (J Dykes 87), D Crawley, R Cretaro; R Lehane.
Ref - R Rogers.