Limerick’s Thomond farewell

Limerick FC 1 Sligo Rovers 0

Rory Gaffney struck the only goal as Limerick earned their last victory at Thomond Park last night in their final home game of the season.

Club chairman Pat O’Sullivan, in a passionate address at the interval, said that the club were moving out of the home of Munster rugby back to the Markets Field next season.

O’Sullivan said the club needed an attendance of two and half thousand to break even. His half-time address received a warm applause from the attendance – about 600 fans.

Ian Turner and top-scorer Gaffney, who should have had a hat-trick last night, were queuing up to net in the 8th minute but Turner blasted his shot inches wide.

Sligo’s best chance of the poor opening half arrived in the 23rd minute, but the impressive Shane O’Connor denied Danny North.

Cretaro also shot wide on the half hour as the rain continued to pour down on a poor first-half. At the other end, Gaffney shaved the outside of the post, while Prince Ayegmang had a shot cleared off the line.

Gaffney opened the scoring seven minutes after the break with a powerful header from an excellent cross from Patrick Nzuzi on the left.

Sligo, however, almost salvaged a point 15 minute from time when Danny Ledwith saw his free-kick tipped onto the bar by Limerick keeper and man-of-the-match Ali Abass.

LIMERICK: Abass, Nzuzi, Leahy, Oji, Turner (Mann 65) Duggan, Agyemang (Tracy 65) Djilali, Lynch, O’Connor, Gaffney

SLIGO RVS: Brush, Ledwith, McMillan, Boylan Spillane, Coneely, Cretaro, Cawley, O’Connor, North (Keating 68) Zayed.

Referee: K O’Regan.

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