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American striker nets hat-trick as Galway give winless Limerick the blues

Jake Keegan inflicted more woe on the league’s bottom club.

Galway enjoyed their trip to Markets Field.
Galway enjoyed their trip to Markets Field.
Image: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

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GALWAY RAN OUT comfortable winners courtesy of a Jake Keegan hat-trick at the Markets Field to push Limerick further adrift in the race to avoid the drop in the SSE Airtricity League.

Keegan opened the scoring for the visitors after just 12 minutes. He began the move himself in midfield, before spreading play wide to Limerick native Gary Shanahan.

Shanahan produced a superb cross that found the run of Keegan at the far post and he powered into the roof of the net.

Just as a Limerick man put his hometown club in a hole, it was a Galway man that helped them out of it. After a period of good pressure, Limerick got their reward on the half hour mark.

Lee-J Lynch’s cross from the left was met by Moycullen man Vinny Faherty inside the six-yard box to level the score.

A string of excellent saves from Tommy Holland gave the home side something to be positive about going forward, as the young seventeen-year-old looked a class above.

There was nothing he could do about Galway re-gaining the lead however. Padraic Cunningham crossed from the right after Limerick failed to clear, and Keegan doubled his tally from close range.

Keegan wasn’t done there though – the American forward completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes when he slotted calmly past Holland.

Gary Shanahan added a fourth before referee Graham Kelly awarded Limerick a penalty which Ian Turner smashed past Conor Winn.

Limerick: Tommy Holland; Jason Hughes (Shane Costelloe, 84), Paudie O’Connor, Tony Whitehead, Shane Tracy; Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor (Ian Turner, 68); Dean Clarke, Lee-J Lynch (Prince Agyemang, 46), Sean Russell; Vinny Faherty.

Galway: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Paul Sinnott, Stephen Walsh, Marc Ludden; Alex Byrne, David O’Leary; Gary Shanahan, Ryan Connolly (Jason Molloy, 83), Jake Keegan; Enda Curran (Padraic Cunningham, 27).

Man of the Match: Jake Keegan (Galway)

Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)

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