Limerick season preview: Newly promoted Shannonsiders have great expectations

After an off-season of upheaval, an air of positivity has enveloped Limerick and fans of the Super Blues expect the club to impress in the Premier Division

Joe Gamble
Axel Bossekota
Rory Gaffney
First Division champions


By Darren Mulryan

Limerick FC is a team that is high in confidence after their historic First Division triumph of last season, which sees them return to the Premier Divison for the first time in 19 years.

A mixture of experience and newly acquired talent has strengthened Stuart Taylor's side for the upcoming season. Limerick will now play at the impressive Thomond Park, a 15,000-seater stadium, and if supporters come out in numbers, the ground may well prove a stumbling block for visiting opponents.

Changes have been made following their successful First Division campaign and among those to leave the club is striker Denis Behan, who returned to Cork City in the off-season after scoring an impressive 17 goals in the 2012 campaign. Nevertheless, firepower has been added with the inclusion of striker Axel Bossekota who has put pen to paper following a successful trial period. This may cover the burden of Behan’s departure.

Among Limerick's newest recruits are Scottish right back Jonathan Tiffoney who has played for Alloa Athletic and Ayr United. In defence Robbie Williams is Limerick's highest profile signing after making 200 league appearances with teams such as Blackpool and Barnsley. Expect an exciting season for The Blues with Stuart Taylor installing fresh impetus into this invigorated side.

Taylor's men walk into the sphere of the Airtricity Premier Division on Sunday March 10 against rivals Cork City. The tie is expected to prove a riveting encounter, and will spell the start of Thomond Park's initiation this season.