28 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Limerick FC 0
Monaghan United 2
With promotion very much in the sights of both sides this game promised much and the two sides set out their stalls from the start. Monaghan made the better start and in the opening ten minutes most of the pressure was coming from them. Limerick looked dangerous on the counter attack especially Joe Gamble who was getting down the right wing and getting behind the defence. Monaghan United’s manager recognised this threat and decided to man-mark Gamble which had the desired effect. United had to play without their without their very effective young striker Ryan Brennan who was injured.
Although Monaghan dictated the pace, possession and attempts on goal it wasn’t until the 3rd of the four added minutes in the end that they scored the all important second and match clincher. It was an excellent entertaining game for the 870 supporters. There was a vast difference in the style of play from both sides, Monaghan United by and large kept the ball on the surface using the full width of the pitch to do so, Limerick on the other hand resorted to the quick ball over the top, this was their undoing because United’s back four of Shane Grimes, Alan Byrne, Aidan Collins and Paul Whelan won everything that was thrown at them. Limerick gave home debuts to two of their new signings – Denis Behan and Joe ! Gamble; it was Behan who had the first half chance of the game when shot over from distance with Sava stranded off his line. However of the two new signings it was Gamble who caught the eye and created those problems at the start for United.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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