Monday 11 December 2017

Galbraith halts Saints' march

Limerick FC 2 St Patrick's Athletic 0

Limerick's Danny Galbraith in action against Drogheda United's Michael Daly, left, and Paul O'Conor
Limerick's Danny Galbraith in action against Drogheda United's Michael Daly, left, and Paul O'Conor

It proved to be a disturbing night at Thomond Park for St Patrick's Athletic as Limerick FC put on a brave display to stun the champions.

A gruelling week for Limerick, which featured defeats to Dundalk and Cork City, concluded in a welter of excitement for Stuart Taylor's side, who gleefully celebrated a stirring success.

Pat's left the south west scarcely believing they had taken nothing from a game they owned for so long before Limerick pounced in the second half.

Pat's dictated the tempo early on, passing the ball with trademark care and precision, but the worrying aspect for them was their failure to convert chances.

Keith Fahey and Lee Lynch crafted opportunities for the Dubliners, but Limerick were solid. When saves were demanded from Limerick custodian Barry Ryan the veteran obliged easily.

Ian Bermingham and Christy Fagan went close for Pat's, but Limerick stunned the champions in the second half when Danny Galbraith scampered clear to bag a splendid 62nd-minute goal.

Galbraith turned provider on 83 minutes, manufacturing space for the tireless Jason Hughes, who rattled the Pat's net.

Limerick FC – Ryan, Kelly (Whitehead, 81), Oji, Folan, Nzuzi, Agyemang (McGrath, 48), Duggan, Hughes, Tracy, Gaffney, Galbraith (McManus, 90).

St. Patrick's Athletic – Clarke, O'Brien, Hoare, Browne, Bermingham, Chambers, Fahey, Byrne, Lynch (Brennan, 66), Forrester, Fagan.

Ref – P Tuite (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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