Limerick FC remain anchored to the foot of the Premier Division table after spurning a hatful of chances at the Markets Field on Saturday night.
Manager Martin Russell insists his side are down at the moment but not out. However, it’s going to take a mini-miracle to avoid the drop.
The Limerick boss described David Scully’s 90th minute goal as a “killer blow.” “Maybe we will get a run. That would be nice,” said Russell, ruefully, after a game which Limerick could easily have won if they had taken their chances.
Saturday’s result leaves the Shannonsiders with just five points from a possible 54 this term and with no wins in 18 league outings so far this season.
Limerick finished the match with ten men after Sean Harding was sent off for a second bookable offence after a foul on Peter McGlynn on the hour.
Up to that point, the hosts were creating the majority of chances, with Shane Duggan, Ian Turner, Paul O’Conor and Dean Clarke, who worked his socks off up front all night, all going close in the first half.
Two minutes before Harding’s dismissal, Lee J-Lynch was clean through on goal, but Bray keeper Peter Cherrie saved with his legs.
The red card was the turning point, with Limerick, desperate for a win, but equally desperate to avoid another defeat, losing momentum.
Bray, whose players released a statement expressing disappointment about salaries not being paid after Saturday’s win, tested Lims keeper Conor O’Donnell via McGlynn and Emeka Onwubiko late on.
But Scully, only on the field six minutes, secured their third straight league and cup win over the Shannonsiders in the 90th minute with a 25-yard free kick.
“It’s a killer blow.We didn’t warrant a defeat. You can be down, but you can’t be out. You just keep on pushing, insisted Russell.
“Between now and end of season) there’s still plenty of points. It’s hard to take.”
O’Donnell, Harding, Price, (O’Connor 56) Williams, Tracy, Lynch, Duggan, O’Conor, Russell, Turner (Rainsford 70), Clarke
Cherrie, McNally, Barker, Douglas, Cooney, Kelly, McEvoy, McGlynn (Hanlon 80), O’Sullivan, McDonagh (Scully 86) Lyons (Onwubiko) 71
R Harvey (Dublin)