Limerick and Bray Wanderers both finished with ten men in this SSE Airtricity League Premier Division 0-0 draw 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. And while the ball spent very little time on the turf, it was Bray who fared better with the lively Jake Kelly making the most of the scraps.
It was Kelly who had the best opportunities of the first half. His charge from the left wing landed him one-on-one with 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 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. Shane Duggan first received his second yellow card for simulation. And 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.
Limerick FC: Shane Cusack; Shaun Kelly, Sam Oji, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams; Patrick Nzuzi (Val Feeney 51), Shane Duggan, Jason Hughes; Shane Tracy, Rory Gaffney, Darragh Rainsford.
Subs not used: Shane Costelloe, Colm Murphy, Tony Whitehead, Val Feeney, James McGrath, Barry Sheedy.
Bray Wanderers: Shane Redmond; Eric McGill, David Webster, Adam Mitchell, Robert Maloney; Adam Hanlon, Shane Byrne, Dean Zambra, Jake Kelly; David Cassidy; Ciaran Byrne.
Subs not used: Stephen McGuinness, Shane O’Neill, Ismahil Akinade, Niall Cooney, Phillip Nolan, Garry Curran.