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Tosi strikes for Limerick

Galway United 1 Limerick 2

'It was no more than Limerick deserved in this battle between the teams haunted by the prospect of relegation.' Photo: Stock Image
'It was no more than Limerick deserved in this battle between the teams haunted by the prospect of relegation.' Photo: Stock Image

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Limerick produced a polished performance against a disappointing Galway side at Eamon Deasy Park to book their spot in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup .

Neil McDonald's men struck twice after the restart and, while Galway pulled back a late goal, they never looked like snatching an equaliser.

It was no more than Limerick deserved in this battle between the teams haunted by the prospect of relegation.

Galway created the better opportunities in the opening half without ever dominating and Eoin McCormack almost broke the deadlock with a looped effort that brought a fine save from Limerick goalkeeper Brendan Clarke.

The Limerick netminder also had to be sharp to get to a low shot from the edge of the box by Gavan Holohan which looked destined for the bottom left corner of the net.

McCormack again went close to grabbing the lead for the Tribsmen four minutes from the break but Clarke was well positioned to deal with his lobbed effort.

Limerick, with Bastien Hery prominent in midfield, took control in the second half and hit Galway with a double strike in the third quarter.

Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi broke the deadlock after 53 minutes when he was sharpest to finish a rebound after goalkeeper Conor Winn could only parry an effort from Stephen Kenny.

After Kevin Devaney and Holohan both missed chances for Galway, Limerick continued to grow in confidence and they made it 2-0 after 64 minutes when Tosi and Chiedozie Ogbene combined to set up Shane Duggan, who supplied a powerful finish.

Galway pulled back a goal 11 minutes from time when an effort from Devaney was knocked into the path of Pádraic Cunningham by goalkeeper Clarke and he found the net from close range, but Galway never looked like grabbing an equaliser.

Galway United - C Winn; C Horgan, P Sinnott, S Folan, M Ludden; K Devaney, R Hale (C Melody 91), D Cawley, G Holohan (R Manning 69), R Murray; E McCormack (P Cunningham 68).

Limerick FC - B Clarke; B Cotter, T Whitehead, D O'Connor, S Tracy; S Kenny (J Crowe 84), L-J Lynch, S Duggan, C Ogbene; B Hery, R Tosi (J O'Flynn 86).

Ref - B Connolly (Dublin)

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