Saturday 20 January 2018

Limerick celebrate return to top flight

LIMERICK FC celebrated in style on Saturday with a 2-0 win at Longford 24 hours after they were crowned First Division champions.

Waterford's loss at home to Mervue on Friday sealed the title for Pat Scully's men and, after 18 years in the wilderness, they are ready to return to top-flight football.

They took no pride in being the longest-serving members of the second tier, although that stat doesn't take into account the club's various incarnations in that time.

Pat O'Sullivan's investment has opened the door to the Premier Division and they now hope that all roads lead to their spiritual home in the Markets Field. Certainly, if they are to meet FAI criteria, they have to move away from their rented facility at Jackman Park.

While O'Sullivan's funds allowed Scully to recruit ex-internationals Joe Gamble and Dominic Foley, and others like Stephen Bradley and Denis Behan, their winter mission is to get their ground in order.

Irish Independent

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