Through The Years: Dundalk v Limerick
24th October 1937 – Shield Limerick 2-0 Dundalk
Limerick dealt a blow to Dundalk’s Shield hopes with a 2-0 win in the first match between the two clubs. The goals were scored by O’Neill and Smyth in the last fifteen minutes.
9th January 1938 – League Dundalk 4-0 Limerick
Dundalk produced a fantastic display at Oriel Park to easily defeat Limerick by 4-0. Patterson scored the first after a Limerick defender mis-kicked a clearance. Joey Donnelly then added a second after receiving a pass from Patterson. With Moloney, Lunn and McAfee in fine form for Dundalk, Limerick were unable to find away back into the match. Donnelly headed home Dundalk’s third after the break from a Griffith’s corner. McArdle completed the scoring with a tap-in.
Dundalk: Tizzard; O’Neill; Hoy; McAfee; Moloney; Lunn; McMahon; Patterson; McArdle; Donnelly; Griffith
Limerick: Douglas; O’Mahony; Cotter; Connolly; Gormley; Cummins; Smith; Noonan; Lynch; McCann; Kelly
22nd October 1944 – Shield Dundalk 8-4 Limerick
The scoreline may have flattered Dundalk but this is remains one of the higest scoring games ever played in Oriel Park. Limerick keeper, Tierney, should have saved at least two of the shots that beat him, and then the Limerick defence totally collapsed in the second half. Each Dundalk forward scored – with Fallon, Halpin and Barlowe scoring two goals apiece. Donal Flanagan opened the scoring on 25 minutes when he headed home Barlowe’s cross. Barlowe was again the provider for the second when he crossed for Fallon to score. The floodgates opened in the second half with Barlowe (2), McLoughlin, Fallan and Halpin (2) for Dundalk and O’Leary (2) and Dunne for Limerick.
17th December 1944 – League Limerick 9-1 Dundalk
Dundalk suffered on the biggest defeats in the club’s history in this league encounter in Limerick. Dundalk’s only goal was a penalty by Matthews. Ground conditions were awful. Dundalk played the better football early on but were denied by Tierney in the Limerick goal. Dunne opened the scoring after 25 minutes. Dundalk keeper, Barnes, was unsighted for the second goal – a 45 yard free-kick from McCourt. Dundalk collapsed in the sec•ond half. Limerick scored three quick goals from Darcy, Dunne and O’Leary. Late on O’Leary scored two more goals for his hat-trick while Dunne then completed a hat-trick of his own to make the final score 9-1.
16th April 1967
There was a party atmosphere at Oriel Park for this match after Dundalk won the 1966/67 league title two days earlier with a victory over Shamrock Rovers. A large crowd was in attendance to see Alan Fox being presented with the League trophy following another exciting display from his team. Limerick gave Dundalk a tough test in the first half with Casey, Quinn and Fenton all going close. Dundalk took the lead after 36 minutes when a Burke-Turner move sent the latter through but he was taken down by Casey and from the spot Murray scored. 15 minutes after the restart Hale put Dundalk two up when he finished a low cross by Gilmore. Hale was inches wide with a good header and missed two good chances before Dundalk’s third goal in the 80th minute, a shot by Turner from a good cross by Stokes was diverted oast Fitzpatrick by Casey. Following the game Alan Fox received the trophy and Danny Hale was presented with the Supporter’s player of the year trophy.
Dundalk: Barron, Brennan, McKeown, Millington, Fox, Murray, Gilmore, Turner, Hale, Burke, Stokes. Sub: Hannigan for Fox
Limerick: Fitzpatrick, Quin, Finnucane, Fenton, O’Mahony, Linnane, Murphy, Byrne, Hamilton, O’Brien. Sub: Cuddy for O’Brien
13th December 1981 – League Limerick United 2-4 Dundalk
With the rest of the country covered in snow, this was the only match that took place as FAI Cup holders Dundalk travelled to Market’s Field to take on the reigning league champions Limerick United. While Limerick had escaped the snow torrential rain made conditions very difficult for both players. However, both teams produced a sparkling display of football. With the League of Ireland experimenting with a new points system – this win gave Dundalk four precious points in their battle with Bohemians for the 1981/82 league trophy. The Dundalk strike force of Hilary Carlyle and Mick Fairclough were at it again as they brought their goals haul to 14 from their last three league outings. Dundalk took the lead after just 4 minutes. Eamonn Gregg stormed down the right wing and crossed for Carlyle to head home past Power. Fairclough went close after good work by Ollie Ralph while Carlyle somehow missed a chance from six yards following more good build up play by Fairclough and Gregg. At the other end Richie Blackmore pulled off a brilliant one handed save from a 30 yard Walsh shot. Dundalk went 2-0 up when Ralph sent Carlyle through the middle to draw Power off his line and then shoot home into an empty net. It was 3-0 after 61 minutes when the Limerick defence, expecting a “Pop” Flanagan free-kick were surprised when Martin Lawlor blasted the ball low into the net. Fairclough, with a left-footed shot from eight yards, made it 4-0 after 65 minutes. Limerick pulled back two goals in the closing stages with goals from Des Kennedy and Limerick (and Ireland) player-manager Eoin Hand.
Limerick United: Power, Nolan, Nodwell, Finnucane, Hand, Duggan, Walsh, McDonnell, Hulmes, Kennedy, Morris. Sub: Gaynor
Dundalk: Blackmore, Gregg, Lawlor, McConville, Dunning, Flanagan, Byrne, Kehoe, Fairclough, Ralph, Carlyle.
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Sunday March 9th 1980 FAI Cup Dundalk 0-1 Limerick United Oriel Park
The 1979/1980 season was one of the most exciting in the history of both Dundalk FC and Limerick FC. Dundalk were the reigning Double Winners and had enjoyed an incredible European Cup run that culminated in the 0-0 draw with Glasgow Celtic. Limerick (under the Limerick United banner at the time) were being lead by former Dundalk, Drumcondra and Portsmouth star Eoin Hand. Appointed player-manager in 1979, Hand proved hugely successful and eventually was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland national side in 1980, a role he combined with his Limerick duties. In March 1980 Oriel Park was the venue for successive matches against Limerick United. Dundalk had suffered a European hangover which left them trailing in the league. Limerick, meanwhile, stood at the top of the table.
Dundalk surrendered their grip on the FAI Cup after this tense afternoon at Oriel Park. In front of a huge crowd that yielded gate receipts of £5,088 (younger readers – that’s huge!) Limerick stole the match with an 81st minute goal from their top scorer Tony Morris. In a game of few chances, Dundalk came close from a turn and shot by Synan Braddish that forced Fitzpatrick into a great save. Meanwhile, Limerick believed they should have been awarded a penalty when Gerry Duggan was upended by Dermot Keely. The winner came after 81 minutes when Kevin Fitzpatrick punted a big bill ball up the middle. Hand headed it on to create the space and chance for Morris who finished brilliantly for his 19th goal of the season.
Dundalk manager Jim McLaughlin said: “Limerick are well disciplined and hungry for success. Now it is up to us to save the other half of the double “.
Sunday March 16th 1980 League of Ireland Dundalk 1-0 Limerick United Oriel Park
Dundalk gained a measure of revenge for the cup defeat when a Brian Duff goal gave Jim McLaughlin’s team victory in this meeting of the top two teams in Ireland at Oriel Park. This win put Dundalk just one point behind Eoin Hand’s men with just four games remaining.
Dundalk had the first opportunity after just four minutes. Jimmy Dainty’s inswining corner was headed towards his own net by Meaney who was rescued by Nolan on the line. Brian Duff also had an effort hacked off the line by Meaney before Morris, the goalscorer from the previous week, capitalised on a Martin Lawlor error but shot wide.
The decisive goal came on 53 minutes. Limerick’s defence were caught square as Lawlor put Daly clear on the left. Daly, a half time replacement for Byrne, crossed for Duff to knock the ball in off an upright from no more than three yards.
Duff had, perhaps, an even better opportunity to score 14 minutes from the end but misjudged the angle of the shot to shoot wide. Synan Braddish almost retrieved the situation with a late run into the six yard box but his effort hit the base of the post. A deserved win for the reigning champions.
Teams for both games:
Dundalk: Blackmore, McConville, Keely, Dunning, Lawlor, Flanagan, Braddish, Byrne, Dainty, Muckian, Duff.
Limerick: Fitzpatrick, Nolan, O’Mahony, Storan, Ryan, Walsh, Hand, Meaney, Morris, Kennedy, Duggan.
How the season panned out…
After the 1-0 win for Dundalk at Oriel Park, Limerick were left with just a one point advantage at the top of the table. Seven days later both sides kept the pressure on each other with victories. Dundalk relied upon a Leo Flanagan header in the 77th minute to defeat Athlone Town while Limerick United defeated Johnny Giles’ Shamrock Rovers 2-1. Dundalk suffered a huge setback seven days later when they could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Home Farm while Limerick won a sensational match with a 4-3 win over Waterford United at Kilcohan Park to give them a two point advantage. On the 6th April, Dundalk went back to the top of the table on goal difference with a 3-0 win over UCD at Belfield while Limerick drew 1-1 in their FAI Cup Semi Final against Waterford (Waterford won the replay 3-2 four days later). Limerick took a giant step towards the title with a 4-0 win over Home Farm on the 13th April while Dundalk kept in the hunt with a 3-2 win over Sligo. Limerick required just one point from their visit to Athlone. A certain Harry McCue was the star performer at the back for Athlone but Limerick got the point they needed with a 66th minute penalty from Tony Meaney.