Shels held out for a scoreless draw despite Limerick dominating for most of the game after the eighth minute sending off of Robert Bayly
Limerick had the first chance of the game, with Shane Tracy driving the ball towards the right of the goal, drawing Ger Hanley into an easy save. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after just eight minutes when Robert Bayly was dismissed for a tussle with Craig Curran, which sent Curran to the turf due to a suspected elbow from the Shelbourne player.
Ian Ryan was lucky not to put the ball into his own net 15 minutes later, heading dangerously close when trying to clear Danny Galbraith's cross. Another mistake from Ryan almost gifted Limerick the opener on the stroke of half-time, but Shane Tracy saw his shot hit the crossbar when through on goal.
Jack Memery put in a fantastic tackle to keep out Danny Galbraith at the beginning of the second-half, with the winger causing plenty of problems for the visiting defence. Rory Gaffney was close to getting on the end of a Shane Tracy cross as the home side began to dominate possession, helped by the man advantage.
Limerick threw everything forward at the end, including defender Aaron Browne, but could not break the deadlock, with 10-man Shelbourne holding on for a hard-fought point.