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Limerick's Rory Gaffney, right, celebrates with team-mate Jason Hughes. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Limerick's Rory Gaffney, right, celebrates with team-mate Jason Hughes. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Limerick's Rory Gaffney, right, celebrates with team-mate Jason Hughes. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

SHELBOURNE'S Airtricity League Premier Division survival fight looks doomed after last night's 1-0 defeat to Limerick at Thomond Park.

Rock-bottom Shels badly needed a win to draw level with Bray Wanderers, who now hold a three-point advantage over John McDonnell's side with a game in hand.

Shels' plight is such that they will require Bray to lose their final two games of the season and win their own remaining game against UCD on Friday week to stand a chance of finishing in the relegation play-off spot.

Limerick went on the offensive from the start and deservedly took the lead in the 28th minute through Rory Gaffney (above).

A corner on the left from Carel Tiofack was swung in towards the near post and the in-rushing Gaffney made no mistake in smashing home his effort.

The visitors, however, responded and brought a great save from Limerick goalkeeper Barry Ryan in the 40th minute, when Dean Kelly was played through on the right wing, but his shot was superbly parried away by Ryan. Shels started the brightest after the interval but wasted another chance in the 53rd minute when Derek Doyle produced an inch-perfect cross into the area, with Kelly firing wide from eight yards.

The Reds again threatened in the 66th minute when Adam Hanlon cut in from the right, but Ryan was equal to his venomous shot.

Kelly then wasted Shels' best chance of the game on 80 minutes when he blasted over the bar with no Limerick players near him.


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