Shelbourne returned to the tight confines of Home Farm in Whitehall and they had to settle for a share of the spoils from a scrappy clash with Limerick.

In difficult underfoot conditions Limerick and Shelbourne quite simply cancelled one another out, and both of these teams will need to raise their game if they are to go up.

On a bumpy surface Mark Leech got a glimpse of the Limerick goal six minutes in but Jimmy Fyffe, who looked more than a little jittery in the first half, rose highest to save.

The play quickly swung to the other end where Nigel Keady split the Shelbourne defence with a measured ball towards David Goldbey, but Aidan Collins cleared the ball with his head.

In ran former Fairview Rangers star David Wall, but the former Ireland junior international was unable to direct his rising attempt on goal.

Limerick were slightly the better of the sides in a pretty uneventful first half, with Leech buzzing about in the final third without out ever really troubling Fyffe.

That was until midway through the first half when Fyffe got down well to thwart the in-rushing Leech who let fly from an angle wide on the right.

Shels defender Brian Gartland also went close with a header from a left wing corner before Leech sent a screaming effort just wide a minute before half time.

Shels were left to rue those misses when Limerick profited from some indecisive defending to score in the first minute of the second half.

After Tony O’Dowd parried a Padraig Moran shot Wall raced in and unleashed an unstoppable effort to the roof of the net.

Shels levelled on sixty-one minutes when Kyle Moran converted a James Chambers cross after some good work from Kieran Harte.