Monday 22 January 2018

Kenny frustrated as O'Conor grabs late point

Limerick 1 Dundalk 1

Shane Duggan, Limerick FC, in action against Richie Towell, Dundalk
Shane Duggan, Limerick FC, in action against Richie Towell, Dundalk
Ronan Finn, Dundalk, in action against Paul O'Conor, Limerick FC
Sean Harding, Limerick FC, in action against Sean Gannon, Dundalk

DUNDALK manager Stephen Kenny (left) rued the concession of a 90th-minute equaliser to Limerick and said his team needed to "adapt" better to the much-criticised Jackman Park surface.

Paul O'Conor's late header was the first goal conceded by the champions in the league after six games, with the Lilywhites also losing their 100pc record, and Kenny admitted the home side were good value for a draw.

He said: "We're disappointed with the manner of the goal we conceded. It was a difficult game and we are disappointed to concede at the end."

He added of the pitch: "It's different, isn't it? You have to adapt to it and we needed to adapt better than we did.

"To concede at the death was harsh, but you could say that Limerick deserved it overall."

Limerick manager Martin Russell hailed his team's display as their best of the season, saying: "It took us right to the end to get the goal, but we at least deserved a point.

"I think it was our best performance, but there are still so many games and we won't run away with tonight's point. We'll focus on our next game."

In an evenly-contested affair on Saturday, Dundalk took a 38th-minute lead when Richie Towell's thunderbolt found the top corner.

That appeared to be enough to make it six wins from six before O'Conor headed home from Paudie O'Connor's flick in the closing minutes to lift Limerick off the foot of the table.

LIMERICK FC - O'Donnell; Harding, O'Connor, Price, Williams; Duggan, Turner; Hughes (Faherty 67), Russell (Rainsford 88), Turner; Clarke.

DUNDALK - Rogers; Gannon, Gartland (Barrett 46), Boyle, Massey; Shields, Towell; Meenan, Finn, Horgan (Mountney 74); McMillan (Byrne 78).

REF - D McKeon (Dublin).

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