Limerick vs St Patricks by Luke
Limerick suffered quite easy defeat away to Cork last Friday evening as the team visited them and got outplayed with an easy 4:1 defeat. Players of Cork City simply entered the game better and as the time progressed, it was more and more obvious that we are talking about quality differences between the two sides. Hosts took the lead in 23rd minute via Maguire, while the guests leveled up from a penalty kick just two minutes later via Tosi.
Even so, players of Cork managed to re-gain the lead in 44th minute via Dooley, while they looked even better in the repetition and sealed the victory thanks to goals from Maguire in 46th and Keohane in 84th minute. This was second consecutive defeat away from home, as the team performs way better in front of own fans, so they'll try to get points here. After eighteen matches played, they are six points ahead of relegation worried Drogheda and eight points above rock bottom placed St Patricks.
St Patricks, on the other side, continues with poor performances as the team comes from a 1:3 defeat in front of own fans against Bohemians last Friday evening. However, must be said that the game didn't start like that, as the players of home team looked better in first halftime and even took the lead in 40th minute via O'Hanlon.
However, things changed much in the second halftime and the visitors played with much better determination, leveling up the result in 51st minute via Brennan, while Corcoran brought them into the lead in 69th minute. Hosts tried to react, however only got punished as the guests sealed the victory in 86th minute with a goal from Poynton. It was fifth consecutive match without a victory for St Patricks, having three defeats and two draws and being now together with Galway on the rock bottom position with only fifteen points earned. Forward Kurtis Byrne (17/5) is out for this match, offensive midfielder is long term absentee without performing this season.
St Patricks actually looked better away from home as they tend to be opting for a bit more attacking style and it seems that lack of pressure benefits them a little. Being close to a must win situation, I'm sure that they will once again try to do something in attack, while Limerick anyway remains in a better form and are favorites to gather all three points. Both teams to score and over goals seems like a decent choice here.