Monday 18 December 2017

Limerick hit the jackpot with Man City friendly

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

PREMIER LEAGUE champions Manchester City will play Limerick in a pre-season friendly at Thomond Park on Sunday August 5.

The news comes as the Shannonsiders confirmed that they have been given permission to host a marquee game in the city annually for the next 10 years, having reached an agreement after mediation with the FAI, who blocked their proposed clash with Barcelona in 2010.

Tickets for the match, which will kick off at 7.0, went on sale yesterday. Terrace tickets cost €15, while stand tickets are available for €20 and €30.

The strength of the City team will depend on who manager Roberto Mancini uses in their match against Bundesliga side Wolfsburg the night before, but the game seems certain to be a sell-out regardless of that.

It will be City's last friendly before the Community Shield tie against Chelsea at Wembley a week later.

Limerick chairman Pat O'Sullivan confirmed that the FAI had given them permission for this fixture after the two parties went to mediation following a High Court hearing.

And the Limerick supremo revealed that Damien O'Brien -- one of the main figures behind the now defunct Dublin Super Cup -- is behind the initiative. O'Brien pledged that profits from the game will be reinvested in local causes.

"I am very happy that such a big club as City has agreed to come to Limerick and I wish to thank Damien O'Brien, the FAI, Thomond Park and all at Manchester City for their wonderful co-operation in ensuring that this event happens," O'Sullivan said.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't fill the place . It's a no-brainer that people will come and support it and an opportunity to promote our city and our region, and it means people don't have to travel to Dublin to see a game like this. They can see it in their own backyard in a wonderful venue."

Longford Town will play Manchester United's reserves at Flancare Park on Monday July 23 (7.30), while Bray Wanderers will will take on a Liverpool XI at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday, August 12 (3.0).

Irish Independent

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