Friday 20 April 2018

Delighted Russell hails his heroes

Limerick 4 Bohemians 3

Limerick FC manager Martin Russell
Limerick FC manager Martin Russell Newsdesk Newsdesk

Limerick FC manager Martin Russell hailed his team's second-half performance as a second consecutive victory pushed them to within four points of Sligo Rovers in 11th place.

The Shannonsiders had to play almost half of this pulsating match with 10 men after Patrick Kanyuka's dismissal, but twice rallied to come from behind and collect the points at Markets Field.

Russell said: "In the second half I probably haven't seen a group of players work so hard and never give in to the adversity of going behind with 10 men while still playing some good football as well."

In stark contrast, his Bohemians counterpart Keith Long was scathing of the Gypsies' display, commenting: "We just didn't defend properly and we didn't work hard enough.

"From that point of view, it's not good enough. They wanted it a bit more and it's not acceptable.

"Sometimes winning games papers over the cracks to a certain extent. Our form has been patchy and it's been disappointing. We need to iron out the errors and the basic defensive mistakes we're making at the moment."

Vinny Faherty opened the scoring before Ismahil Akinade levelled towards the end of the first half.

Jake Kelly's penalty put Bohs ahead but Sean Russell quickly replied with a 30-yard thunderbolt.

Kelly edged the visitors back in front before Lee-J Lynch levelled the match for a third time and then Shane Tracy's penalty hit the post, the rebound striking Dean Delany on the back and trickling over the line to secure the win for Limerick.

LIMERICK FC - Hall; Kelly, Kanyuka, Williams, Tracy; Duggan, O'Conor; Turner (Russell 56), Lynch, Clarke (Rainsford 86); Faherty.

BOHEMIANS - Delany; Murphy (Creevy 70), Prendergast, Mulcahy, Caffrey; Buckley (Dillon 88), Lopes; Kavanagh, Kelly, Moore (Evans 70); Akinade.

REF - S Grant (Wexford)

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