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Premier Division

  • 16 April 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Thomond Park, Limerick
  • Referee: A. Kelly
  • • Attendance: 1871

Limerick 2-1 Bohemians - Blues strike late to defeat Bohs despite sending off

Limerick 2-1 Bohemians - Blues strike late to defeat Bohs despite sending off


10-man Limerick came from behind to record a late victory over Bohemians to move up to eighth in the Airtricity Premier Division table

Limerick came from behind to defeat Bohemians at Thomond Park despite having Patrick Nzuzi sent off. Ryan McEvoy scored the resylting penalty kick, but Shane Tracy grabbed an equaliser from a free-kick before Dave O'Leary's late header gave Stuart Taylor's side all three points.

A mistake from defender Aaron Brown put Limerick under some early pressure, but Kevin Devaney was closed down quickly by Barry Ryan to deny a goalscoring opportunity. Except for that early chance, goalmouth action was scarce with Ryan McEvoy having the only real goalbound effort for the visitors, while Axel Bossekota was impressive for the hosts but often overplayed it.

The second half was a much more exciting affair from the outset with Aaron Brown and then Danny Galbraith going close for the Blues. However, the hosts found themselves a man down and a goal behind just 10 minutes after the restart. Patrick Nzuzi took out Keith Buckley with the midfielder bearing down on goal, picking up a straight red, and awarding Bohs a penalty. Ryan McEvoy stepped up to take it and put the ball past Ryan.

However, despite only having 10 men, Limerick searched for an equaliser, and were rewarded when Shane Tracy hit a free-kick from distance which left Dean Delany no chance. Both sides had chances to net a winner, with Dave O'Leary leaving it late to head in another Tracy free-kick.

Limerick climb up to eighth in the table with the win, overtaking Bohemians on goal difference. The win is the Blues' first of the season, having failed to kill off some of their previous ties.