Early second half double sees Limerick past disappointing Galway
Galway United 1 Limerick 2
A polished Limerick performance was enough to book a semi-final spot in the FAI Cup against a disappointing Galway side at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Neil McDonald’s men struck twice after the restart and while Galway pulled back a late goal, they never looked like snatching an equaliser.
It was no more than Limerick deserved in this battle between these two relegation-threatened sides.
Galway did create the better opportunities in the opening half without dominating and Eoin McCormack almost broke the deadlock with a looped effort that forced Limerick goalkeeper Brendan Clarke into a save.
The Limerick net-minder also had to be sharp to get to a low shot from the edge of the box by Gavan Holohan which looked destined for the bottom left corner of the net.
McCormack again went close to grabbing the lead four minutes from the break but Clarke was well positioned to deal with his lobbed effort.
Limerick, with Bastien Hery prominent in midfield, took control in the second-half and hit Galway with a double strike in the third quarter.
Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi broke the deadlock after 53 minutes when he was sharpest to finish a rebound after goalkeeper Conor Winn could only parry an effort from Stephen Kenny.
Kevin Devaney and Holohan had chances shortly after Galway but were unable to direct their shots on target.
Limerick continued to grow in confidence and they made it 2-0 after 64 minutes when Tosi and Chiedozie Ogbene combined and Shane Duggan supplied a powerful finish inside the box.
Galway pulled back a goal eleven minutes from time when an effort from Devaney was knocked into the path of Padraic Cunningham by ‘keeper Clarke and he found the net from close range, but Galway never looked like grabbing an equaliser.
GALWAY UNITED: C Winn; C Horgan, P Sinnott, S Folan, M Ludden; K Devaney, R Hale (C Melody 91), D Cawley, G Holohan (R Manning 69), R Murray; E McCormack (P Cunningham 68).
LIMERICK FC: B Clarke; B Cotter, T Whitehead, D O’Connor, S Tracy; S Kenny (J Crowe 84), L-J Lynch, S Duggan, C Ogbene; B Hery, R Tosi (J O’Flynn 86).
Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin).