Friday 24 May 2019

McDonald wants win to secure safety

Limerick FC 1 Drogheda United 0

Limerick manager Neil McDonald. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick manager Neil McDonald. Photo: Sportsfile

Despite knowing that a draw against Galway United would be enough to guarantee Premier Division survival, Limerick manager Neil McDonald has no intentions of playing for a point in next Friday's showdown.

A Rodrigo Tosi penalty early in the second half took Limerick five points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play and if they avoid defeat against Galway, their top-flight status is secured for 2018.

However, after two straight home wins, McDonald is craving one more to finally banish the threat of relegation.

He said: "We're certainly capable of beating Galway at home. Our home form is decent enough over the last couple of games and we must try to improve that as much as we can.

"There's going to be lots of pressure on both sides. We've got to handle that and we've handled it over the last two or three weeks.

"That doesn't mean to say that we'll be playing for a draw. We'll try to win the game."

Drogheda have now lost nine league games in a row and, after seeing Colm Deasy sent off for two bookable offences, manager Pete Mahon is keen to see the back of a wretched season for his side.

"We just want the season over and done with, but for the integrity of the league, we're going to try and win our next two games.

"We're lacking that little bit of quality and we're playing against full-time teams. It's very difficult for us because we've lost so many games this year that it's hard to keep it going. This year has really been a learning curve, both for myself and for the players."

Limerick FC - B Clarke; Cotter, Whitehead, O'Connor, Tracy; Kenny (Fitzgerald 74), Hery, Crowe, Lynch, Ogbene; Tosi.

Drogheda United - McGuinness; Elworthy (Kane 31), Mulcahy, Farragher, Deasy; Purdy (Russell 69), McEvoy, Wixted; Bayly (Buckley 72), Doyle, Mulhall.

REFEREE - Andrew Mullally (Waterford).

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