Thursday 22 February 2018

Gaffney ends Limerick wait

Bohemians 0 Limerick FC 1

Rory Gaffney's goal early in the second-half game Limerick victory over Bohemians
Rory Gaffney's goal early in the second-half game Limerick victory over Bohemians
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It wasn't a vintage game by any means but Limerick won't mind a jot as they picked up their first win of the season at Dalymount Park.

Rory Gaffney's goal five minutes after the restart was enough to give them a precious victory that they will hope kick starts their season.

The home crowd made their feelings known at full-time, as Bohemians couldn't break down a stubborn Limerick defence, despite having more possession throughout.

It was a scrappy first half with very little goalmouth action. Kevin Devaney tested Barry Ryan in the Limerick goal from long range but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Limerick almost grabbed the lead completely against the run of play 10-minutes before the break when Prince Agyemang cracked a dipping volley just over Lee Murphy's crossbar.

Bohs should have opened the scoring shortly after the restart but Stephen Traynor flashed a close range shot wide of the post with Ryan beaten.

Limerick punished Traynor for that miss a minute later when Gaffney showed terrific technique to fire home a volley after Murphy failed to deal with Samuel Oji's hopeful, looping cross.

Prince almost doubled the visitors' lead but he squandered a gilt-edge chance from six-yards out.

Try as they might, Bohs just couldn't find a way through. Resorting to aimless long-range balls didn't help their cause as Limerick comfortably held on for all three points.

Bohemians – Murphy; Pender (capt), Lopes, Price, Byrne; Reynor, Traynor (Byrne 73), Walsh, Devaney (Kavanagh 61); Beattie, Corcoran.

Limerick FC – Ryan; Kelly, Folan, Oji, Williams; Prince (McGrath 61); Duggan (capt) (Nzuzi 65), Hughes, Tracy; Curran (McManus 85), Gaffney,

Referee – D Tomney (Dublin)

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