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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C
Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO Goalscorer Shane Tracy.
# Nearly there
Dominant Limerick just one point off Premier Division return after victory over Cabinteely
Shane Tracy and Garbhan Coughlan scored in a 2-0 win at Markets Field.

Limerick 2

Cabinteely 0

LIMERICK ARE JUST a single point away from a return to the top tier of Irish football after a comfortable 2-0 win over Cabinteely at the Markets Field on Saturday afternoon.

First half strikes from local lads Shane Tracy and Garbhan Coughlan put the tie beyond Cabinteely early on — resulting in a non-affair of a second half.

Despite Cabinteely sitting deep and absorbing pressure, Limerick opened the scoring after 18 minutes. The superb Stephen Kenny took on Andrew McGovern down the right before being fouled.

Tracy stood over the dead ball before delivering a looping cross that deceived absolutely everyone – including Cabinteely’s ‘keeper Michael Kelly – finding the net.

The second goal arrived just five minutes before the break. Cabinteely were guilty of overplaying in midfield -handing Coughlan cheap possession.

From here, it was all him. The 23-year-old danced around two Cabinteely defenders before finishing coolly beyond Kelly to double the advantage.

John O’Flynn missed a penalty deep in injury-time at the end of the second half – smashing it over the bar.

Limerick travel to UCD in a fortnight to try and seal their second First Division title in five years.

LIMERICK: Freddy Hall; Shaun Kelly, Tony Whitehead, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Shane Duggan, Lee-J Lynch; Stephen Kenny, Garbhan Coughlan (Chris Mulhall, 84), Aaron Greene; John O’Flynn.

CABINTEELY: Michael Kelly; Adam Maher (Lee Mitchell, 60), Edward McDonagh (Christian Lotefa, 63), Oscar Brennan, Andrew McGovern; Mark Slater, Aaron Brilly, Shane Boyle (Gavin Howard, 75), Kevin Knight; Ben Hanrahan; Joseph Doyle.

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