Sunday 18 February 2018

Stalemate was a point gained not two lost, insists LiamBuckley

Limerick 0 St Patrick's Athletic 0

Liam Buckley says it was a point gained not two points dropped
Liam Buckley says it was a point gained not two points dropped

One point gained rather than two points lost was St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley's assessment of his team's assignment at Thomond Park.

Limerick certainly examined the Saints' title credentials during a fine match packed with chances and Buckley was content with his team's performance.

"I felt that if anybody was going to win it in the second half, it was us. In a way, we are disappointed not to get the three points, but we knew that if we got a draw, we would be top of the table no matter what happened in the Drogheda-Dundalk game," said Buckley.

"It is a point gained as far as I am concerned."

Pat's encountered some first-half bother as Craig Curran and Samuel Oji went close for a gritty Limerick outfit.

After the restart, the Dubliners were much improved, with Daryl Kavanagh, Kenny Browne and Christy Fagan missing chances before the woodwork thwarted Conan Byrne in stoppage-time.

"We tidied a few things up at half-time and I felt that we did great in spells in the second half," was Buckley's verdict.

"We played reasonably well overall – there has been a big effort from the players, it was our third game in a week.

"We haven't lost. I'm not going to be moaning with us top of the table with six games to go. The lads have dug in, we have to keep at it for the next two months."

Limerick's assistant manager Malky Thomson highlighted the contribution of recent defensive recruit Oji.

"A clean sheet was something we spoke about before the game. We have managed to get a stability and a balance about the team by bringing in Sami as the right-sided centre-back," Thomson added.

Limerick – Ryan; Nzuzi, Oji, Folan, Williams; Gamble, O'Leary (Hughes 79), Bradley; Gaffney (Bossekota 71), Curran, Galbraith.

St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke; O'Brien, Kenna, Browne, Bermingham; McFaul (Russell 22), Bolger, Brennan; Byrne, Fagan (Flood 75), Kavanagh (Forrester 85).

REF – P Tuite (Dublin).

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