Winning “must win” games brings its own pressure but we did just about enough to secure all three points against a dogged Limerick side on Saturday night. Mark Salmon was the goal hero on the night when his powerfully struck shot evaded the 17 year old Limerick keeper mid way through the first half.
It was a nervy enough start for the De Town and in truth the visitors should have scored early on. Kevin O’Connor had an excellent game and Ben Mohamed continues to weave his magic but was unlucky not to have scored more than once. Kaleem Simon did find the back of the net following some good work but his effort was ruled off side.
A single goal lead always makes for a rapidly beating heart and in the second half, we really should have extended our lead. We were almost made to pay dearly at the death when a looping Limerick header just went over the bar. The sighs of relief echoed round the grounds and were added to with the sweet sound of the final whistle.
That slender one nil win was enough for all three valuable points which in turn saw us leap frog Drogheda, Derry and Galway back to 6th in the league table. At this early stage, it looks like Dundalk will retain their crown while around us, it looks like a real tussle is set to last till the season’s finale.