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Limerick 0-0 Shelbourne

Updated: Saturday, 27 Apr 2013 22:00 | Comments

Shane Tracy could have put Limerick ahead in the first half
Shane Tracy could have put Limerick ahead in the first half

Shelbourne, who played more than 82 minutes with 10 men, produced a battling performance to earn a 0-0 draw with Limerick at Thomond Park.

Limerick ruled the majority of the game, but were unable to shrug off Shelbourne's plucky resistance.

Danny Galbraith, Rory Gaffney, and Shane Tracy could have scored during the first half for Limerick, who were frustrated by the visitors.

Late on Shels substitute Mark Leech could have nicked an unlikely winner, but the Dubliners left the Treaty City heartened.

Buoyed up by two wins on the spin Limerick were brimful of confidence early on as Stuart Taylor's side attacked with purpose.

Out wide Danny Galbraith and Rory Gaffney provided glimpses of their ability as Joe Gamble anchored the midfield impressively.

Gamble's diligence allowed Dave O'Leary and Shane Tracy venture forward to probe with left back Robbie Williams drilling in a couple of testing crosses in the first quarter.

Shelbourne, struggling for points and form, showed a bit of fight initially by being solid and they went close in the seventh minute.

Robert Bayly's deep free kick was met by Stephen Hurley, who climbed highest in a packed area, but his header went over.

But then Shels were rocked seconds later when Bayly was red carded by referee Neil Doyle for a collision with Craig Curran.

Unsurprisingly Limerick took charge with Galbraith a constant threat and the former Manchester United youngster forced Shelbourne custodian Ger Hanley to make a 17th minute save.

Another long distance effort from Galbraith went well wide on 25 as Limerick continued to dominate the contest.

Still Shelbourne were plucky the visitors survived a real scare in first half stoppage time when a Rory Gaffney attempt was blocked.

The ball spilled kindly for Tracy, but his close range shot smashed off the woodwork and Shels went in at the break on terms.

Seven minutes after the restart O'Leary and Galbraith combined to craft an opportunity for Gaffney, but his header was saved by Hanley.

Late on Shels substitute Mark Leech could have nicked an unlikely winner, but the Dubliners left the Treaty City heartened.

Limerick FC: Ryan; Kelly, O'Callaghan, Folan, Williams; Galbraith, Gamble, O'Leary (Judge, 90), Tracy, Gaffney (Brown, 82); Curran.

Shelbourne: Hanley; Flynn, Shortall, Ryan, Memery; Mooney (Brennan, 71), Hurley, Crowley, Hanlon; Bayly; Kelly (Leech, 62).

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

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