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Limerick get the better of Shels as former Chelsea and Milan star watches on

Martin Russell’s side strolled to victory to continue their title challenge.

Limerick's Shane Duggan was on target tonight (file pic).
Limerick's Shane Duggan was on target tonight (file pic).
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Limerick 2

Shelbourne 0

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC DUGGAN led Limerick to another win over Owen Heary’s Shelbourne at Markets Field, in a game attended by former Chelsea and Milan star Michael Essien.

Midfielder Shane Duggan, who recently returned to the side following injury, was in determined mood as Limerick’s title challenge showed little signs of halting. Chris Mulhall added a second, as Martin Russell’s side strolled to victory. Jamie Doyle then had a stoppage time penalty saved easily by Hall.

The opening 30 minutes were somewhat forgettable. Limerick owned the ball but they were limited to long-range strikes. A fine drive from Sean Russell brought the best from Greg Murray.

The hosts soon hit the woodwork, first from Duggan and then Mulhall after a wonderful turn inside the area.

James English and Jamie Doyle brought the best from an underemployed Freddy Hall, before Limerick hit the front. Duggan’s effort came just before the interval, latching onto a clearance and striking from 20 yards through a sea of bodies to beat Murray.

Mulhall nodded home from six yards after a wonderful Sean Russell cross, with his former employers slow out of the traps in the second period.

Paudie O’Connor and the returning John O’Flynn both had goals disallowed for offside, as cracks started to appear throughout the visitors’ defence. Hall then saved a spot kick from Doyle as Limerick almost let a clean sheet slip.

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The Blues prepare for their trip to Derry City on Monday, while Shelbourne will look to bounce back when they host UCD next weekend.

Limerick: Freddy Hall; Paul O’Conor, Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Lee-J Lynch, Shane Duggan, Sean Russell (Garbhan Coughlan 70); Stephen Kenny, Aaron Greene, Chris Mulhall (John O’Flynn 69).

Shelbourne: Greg Murray; Reece McInteer, Aidan Collins (Michael Murphy 82), Adam O’Connor, Lorcan Shannon; Daire Doyle, Cian Kavanagh (Michael Kelly 46), Gavin Boyne, Jamie Doyle (Dylan Kavanagh 61); Adam Evans, James English

Referee: Marc Lynch

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