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Lady Luck Shines On Limerick

Fri 28th September 2012. Airtricity League Division 1
Limerick FC 1-0 Athlone Town.

An 85th minute goal from substitute Sean Brosnan gave Limerick all 3 points, keeping them top of the table, in a game they could easily have finished with nothing.

With injury and suspensions to deal with, Athlone started with Neil Harney partnering Brian McCarthy at center back while Ross Kenny moved to his more familiar left full position. Sean Skelly, who was rumored to have left the club after his recent 4 match ban, returned from suspension to bolster the attacking options while Garvan Broughall got his first start since returning from work commitments in America.

Although Limerick proved the stronger of the sides, both physically and football wise, during the opening exchanges it was Athlone who almost took the lead inside 20 minutes when Mark Sherlocks curling shot rebounded off the post as Barry Ryan stood rooted to the ground in the middle of his goals. While Limerick retaliated with a number of attacks, they couldn’t find a way past Neil Harney who was a colossus at the heart of the Town defense as the first half ended scoreless.

Athlone started the second half as if they were at the upper end of the table with Sean Skelly unleashing a powerful shot that almost slipped through Ryans hands, before Mark Sherlock and Stephen Relihan had efforts deflected just wide and over the bar respectively.

Despite the frustration from the home fans at the way their team was being contained, while lucky to be level, they kept themselves entertained with a rendition of “He never cheats, he never lies, John Delaney is a lovely guy”, followed up with a jovial verse of “We’ll sing what we want, we’ll sing what we want, We’re unofficial so we’ll sing what we want”.

On the hour mark the Lims fans almost exploded with excitement only to see Dominic Foleys half volley come back off the post, while moments later Denis Behan was off target with a header.

At the game entered the final five minutes the home side eventually edged themselves in front when substitute Sean Brosnan was quickest to react in a goal mouth scramble to fire the ball home keeping Limerick on course for the Division 1 title as the crowd belted out Starships 1987 Number 1 hit “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”

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Corie Tracey tries to play leap frog with Garvan Broughall

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Match winner Sean Brosnan (#15) is mobbed by his team mates after scoring a late winner for Limerick

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