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Limerick up and running but just 481 turn out at Jackman Park

The Shannonsiders have had a difficult week but it ended with a positive result.

It's been a difficult start for Martin Russell's charges.
It's been a difficult start for Martin Russell's charges.
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Limerick 2
Longford Town 2

LIMERICK AND LONGFORD Town played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Jackman Park on Saturday evening to hand both clubs their first points of the season.

Sean Russell and David O’Sullivan both struck twice – O’Sullivan clawing back the home side’s lead on both occasions.

Limerick hit the front after 21 minutes when Russell set himself just inside the Longford box before firing a powerful drive across Paul Hunt and into the back of the net.

That lead wasn’t long-lived however.

Conor O’Donnell should have dealt with a looping effort, but he failed to push the ball over the bar. From there, a scramble ensued – before O’Sullivan got the crucial touch – slotting past the ‘keeper.

Limerick capped an eventful first half by regaining the lead with just five minutes to spare before the interval. Dean Clarke gained possession and went on a powerful run down the right flank.

His cross was met by a perfectly timed run from Russell who smashed high into the net from close range.

Longford were level on the hour after a superb cross from Don Cowan down the right-hand side was met by O’Sullivan’s header inside the box.

LIMERICK: Conor O’Donnell; Sean Harding, Aidan Price, Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams; Jason Hughes; Ian Turner, Sean Russell, Paul O’Conor, Darragh Rainsford (Vinny Faherty, 46); Dean Clarke.

LONGFORD TOWN: Paul Hunt; Jamie Mulhall, Pat Sullivan, Pat Flynn, Conor Powell; Don Cowan (Lorcan Shannon, 75), Mark Salmon, Stephen Rice, Kevin O’Connor; David O’Sullivan, Gary Shaw.

Man-of-the-Match: Dean Clarke

Referee: James McKell

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