Tuesday 16 January 2018

O'Brien backs Pat's to avoid drop

Limerick FC 2 St Patrick's Athletic 2

Ger O’Brien is confident the Saints will escape from relegation trouble if they stop conceding “silly goals”. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ger O’Brien is confident the Saints will escape from relegation trouble if they stop conceding “silly goals”. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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After seeing his team recover from 2-0 down to claim a deserved draw, St Pat's director of football Ger O'Brien is confident the Saints will escape from relegation trouble if they stop conceding "silly goals".

O'Brien believes that their recent displays have been better than their current position of 11th may suggest.

"I don't think anyone has outplayed us this season but unfortunately we've given away silly goals at times through individual errors," he said. "Our general play has been quite decent over the last few months.

"We've just got to keep trying to impose the game on teams and cut out any individual mistakes we've been making. There's certainly enough quality in the dressing room to get ourselves out of that predicament."

Limerick manager Neil McDonald was left rueing his team's inability to keep possession, saying: "We put ourselves under pressure by not retaining the ball, passing it and moving it up the pitch. That gave St Pat's a chance to try and penetrate us and get at us more than what I thought they would."

Limerick took a 16th-minute lead through Chiedozie Ogbene and went 2-0 up when Rodrigo Tosi converted a penalty, but Ian Bermingham's header and Conan Byrne's free-kick ensured a share of the spoils.

 

LIMERICK - B Clarke; Kelly, Williams, O'Connor, Tracy; D Clarke, Duggan, O'Conor (Hery 79), Lynch; Ogbene, Tosi (O'Flynn 79).

ST PAT'S: O'Malley; Kelly, Peers, Feely, Bermingham; Cregg, Desmond; C Byrne, Markey (A O'Hanlon 69), Lunney; Fagan (J O'Hanlon 84).

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