Limerick 0-2 Dundalk
Dundalk made it four wins from four in the month of February with a 2-0 win against Limerick at the University of Limerick on Saturday evening.
Second half strikes from Ciaran Kilduff and Brian Gartland secured the victory on a bitterly cold night in the South-west.
It was a subdued start as both sides tried to get used to the conditions however the Lilywhites were in control of possession but created few chances.
Robbie Benson making his first start of pre-season came close to opening the scoring when he took aim from distance however the ball went wide of Freddy Hall’s post.
Sean Gannon had what proved to be the best chance of the half when Patrick McEleney played John Mountney in down the right flank and his cross found the full-back however he missed the target with the goal at his mercy from 10 yards.
McEleney, impressive once again, showed off his dead ball skills but his free-kick was straight at Hall while Shane Tracy forced a good save from Gary Rogers as he beat away the strike from 25 yards.
Ciaran Kilduff had the final chance of the half but he could only turn Shane Grimes’ cross over the crossbar.
From the re-start, McEleney was denied the first goal of the match only for a terrific save from Hall kept him out and he had an even better effort moments later however the Derry man somehow fired wide after stealing the ball from Robbie Williams.
The Lilywhites took a deserved lead on 55 minutes when Darren Meenan played a wonderful reverse pass to Sean Gannon and he rushed onto the ball in behind the defence and laid the perfect ball to the 6 yard area for striker Kilduff and he expertly poached home at the near post.
The goal gave the visitors a licence to play keep ball and didn’t threaten the goal until they scored their second with 20 minutes remaining.
Meenan’s corner was flicked on by Benson and it fell to Brian Gartland who poked him from 6 yards out giving Hall no chance.
Ross Mann threatened Rogers’ goal in the closing stages however missed the target while substitute combination for Dundalk of Chris Shields and David McMillan seen the former have a curling effort well saved by Hall inside the area.
That proved to be the final action of note as Dundalk continued their 2016 preparations with another win.
Limerick FC: Freddy Hall; Tony Whitehead (Liam McCartan 45), Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Colm Murphy; Chris Mulhall, Shane Tracy, Shane Duggan © (Shane Lowth 88), Stephan Kenny (Ross Mann 52), Garbhan Coughlan (Clyde O’Connell 73); Guillermo Torres (Shane Costelloe 80).
Subs not used: Tommy Holland, Killian Brouder.
Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon. Brian Gartland, Paddy Barrett (Andy Boyle 45), Shane Grimes (George Poynton 45); John Moutney, Stephan O’Donnell ©, Patrick McEleney (Ronan Finn 64), Robbie Benson (Chris Shields 64), Darren Meenan (Ciaran O’Connor 68)(Darren Meenan 80); Ciaran Kilduff (Dave Macmillan 64).
Subs not used: Gabriel Sava (GK).