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Premier Division

  • 7 March 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Thomond Park, Limerick
  • Referee: K. O'Regan
  • • Attendance: 1307

Limerick 0-0 Bray Wanderers: Both teams end with 10 men in stalemate

Limerick 0-0 Bray Wanderers: Both teams end with 10 men in stalemate

Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

The Shannonsiders and Seagulls played out a disappointing draw at Thomond Park in the opening game of the season

Limerick and Bray Wanderers both finished with 10 men as an even game ended in stalemate at Thomond Park. Shane Duggan and David Cassidy were dismissed within minutes of each other – Duggan for a second yellow and Cassidy for a straight red.

Both sides were poor in possession in the early stages – the ball spent very little time on the turf and Bray took advantage of this with the lively Jake Kelly feeding on all the scraps.

It was Kelly who spurned the best opportunities of the first half. His charge from the left wing landed him one-on-one with Shane Cusack, but the Limerick stopper made a good save to deny him.

Just moments later, it was Kelly again who had Limerick second guessing. He was given too much time on the ball at the edge of the box, before turning and unleashing a good effort just past the post.

Penalty claims dotted the second half, but referee Kevin O’Regan turned a blind eye to all of them.

Sam Oji had Limerick’s best chance in the second half – Shane Tracy’s corner was met by Oji who smashed towards goal, but Redmond did well to tip over.

The big talking points arrived midway through the second period as both teams had a player dismissed. Shane Duggan first received his second yellow card for simulation.

He was soon to be followed down the tunnel by Dave Cassidy – a terribly timed tackle on Shane Tracy was enough to warrant a straight red.

Neither side mustered up any real goalscoring opportunities in the latter stages, with both managers content to take a point from the opening game of the season.