Trevor Croly axed by Shamrock Rovers
Limerick 4 Shamrock Rovers 1
Trevor Croly and Shamrock Rovers have parted company following last night's demoralising 4-1 defeat against Limerick at Thomond Park.
The club issued a statement saying: "Trevor Croly's contract at Shamrock Rovers has been terminated by mutual agreement.
"Shamrock Rovers would like to express our thanks to Trevor for the commitment he has shown to the club since his appointment in November 2012.
"Trevor has worked hard for Shamrock Rovers and secured three trophies during his spell as manager. He has also created strong football structures which will benefit the club into the future.
"We would like to wish Trevor the very best for the future.
"The club is concentrating on today's friendly game against QPR, where assistant manager John Gill will act as a caretaker."
A curious first half brought plenty of pain for the significant Rovers travelling support as the visitors were blitzed by a revitalised Limerick. Those who had made the journey from the capital to the southwest chanted their displeasure towards Croly throughout.
Bolstered by several shrewd transfer window additions, there is now a good cut to the Limerick team and they commenced the contest in a sharp and stylish manner.
Nine minutes in, Rory Gaffney rattled the Rovers net, unleashing a gorgeous shot with an assist from dynamic debutant Lee Lynch, who was influential between the lines.
Flummoxed by Limerick's pressing and penetration, Rovers leaked a second in the 16th minute when Gaffney dashed down the left flank. He was calm in possession, locating Ian Turner with a clever cross as a hesitant Rovers defence was caught out again. Barry Murphy advanced from his line, but Turner rifled Limerick two clear and the Hoops' title hopes were taking a battering.
It got even worse on the half-hour mark as Conor Kenna had the misfortune of heading a Robbie Williams cross into his own net.
By the time the interval rolled around Rovers were lucky to be trailing by only three as Lynch failed to convert a Gaffney delivery, and Croly cut a dejected figure walking across the pitch, with Hoops fans chanting for his dismissal.
At the outset of the campaign Rovers' ambitions were grand, but they bizarrely found themselves simply embarking on a damage limitation mission after the restart as a Stephen Folan header on 85 sealed the deal for Limerick. Sean O'Connor slammed a last-gasp consolation, but the Hoops suffered a third loss in four league matches – this crushing one was the worst of the lot.
Limerick – Ryan; Nzuzi, Oji (Leahy, 90), Folan, Williams; Turner, Duggan, Hughes, Djilali (Mann, 68); Lynch; Gaffney.
Shamrock Rovers – Murphy; Madden, Kenna, McGuinness (Byrne, 37), Osam; McCabe (Waters, 71), Finn, McPhail (Bayly, 78), S O'Connor; Sheppard, Kelly.
Ref – J McKell (Tipperary).