Tuesday 12 December 2017

Buckley fumes over Limerick 'sickener'

St Patrick's Athletic 2 Limerick 2

St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Liam Buckley was gutted to drop two points at the death at Richmond Park.

But the St Pat's boss remains confident his side will pick up enough from their remaining three games to avoid relegation.

A cracking equaliser with literally the last kick of the game from captain Shane Duggan salvaged a point for Limerick - and left the Saints fuming with referee Derek Tomney.

Four minutes of additional time had been shown on the board, but the game was into the fifth minute of added time when substitute Barry Cotter and Rodrigo Tosi set up Duggan to deprive St Pat's of a big win.

Seventh-placed Limerick, who stay two points ahead of Saints, will be the happier with the draw, not least in the manner it came, though both remain in the relegation mire.

"It's a sickener, to be straight. I thought we'd done enough to win the game," said Buckley, whose side are just one point above the bottom three in the Premier Division.

"We'd the bulk of the chances and our general play was quite good. We got loads of crosses in.

"In fairness, it was a great strike from their lad, but 94-and-a-half minutes were gone when there was meant to be only four minutes of additional time. I don't know how there could have been anything extra added on."

Frantic

The sides swapped goals in a frantic end to the first half, Limerick taking the lead on 44 minutes.

Chiedozie Ogbene's powerful shot from distance came down off the underside of the bar and spun out, though the ball was deemed to have crossed the line before Tosi bundled it into the net.

St Pat's levelled a minute into added time, Christy Fagan and Conan Byrne setting up Paul O'Conor to tap the ball home.

The Saints got on top in the second half and deservedly took the lead on 71 minutes.

Graham Kelly found Byrne, who cleverly cut by a defender to drill an angled shot past Brendan Clarke, with Cotter merely helping the ball over the line.

"We'd done enough to win the game," added Buckley.

"Nine times out of ten you win that type of game. It was just unfortunate the way it finished up.

"Anything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong this season. But, it's gone, it's done. There are three matches left.

"Are we capable of picking up points from them? Yes we are.

"I've no doubt they will all be difficult games, but I'm sure we can get enough points out of them."

St Patrick's Athletic - Skowron; Kelly, Balk, Desmond, Bermingham; Garvan, Brennan; C Byrne (Turner, 87), O'Conor (Markey, 81), B Dennehy; Fagan (K Byrne, 84).

Limerick - B Clarke; D Clarke (Crowe, 63), Whitehead, O'Connor, Tracy; Hery; Kenny (Cotter, h-t), Lynch, Duggan, Ogbene; Tosi.

Ref - D Tomney (Dublin)

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