Struggling Sligo Rovers earned a vital win over the similarly troubled Limerick, thanks in no small part to a moment of magic.
Bray Wanderers are currently languishing at the bottom of the Premier Division table with just one point, but despite having far higher point hauls, both Limerick and Sligo Rovers are scrapping to stay out of the relegation play-off spot of ninth place.
Rhys McCabe was the first to get on the score-sheet yesterday at Markets Field in Limerick.
The footage of the goal, via RTÉ’s Soccer Republic, shows the amazing 60-yard strike that rendered Limerick ‘keeper Brendan Clarke redundant for the home side.
— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) April 15, 2018
However, controversy reigns due to the ball appearing to still be rolling when McCabe strikes it, despite a free kick being called, calling into question the legitimacy of the wonder-strike.
Was that ball rolling?
— john kenny (@JohnKennyMedia) April 15, 2018
Ball was still rolling forward. Shouldn’t have been allowed. Smashing hit all the same.
— Alan Maguire (@AlanMackie007) April 15, 2018
Great hit but a rolling ball .Thats LOI refs for you their consistency is their inconsistency.
— Peter Fitzpatrick (@peterfitz17) April 15, 2018
Nonetheless, the goal would turn out to be a crucial one. Although Greg Moorehouse followed up in the 82nd minute to double the away side’s lead, Daniel Kearns of Limerick would score in added time to give Martin Russell’s side hope of salvaging a point.
The 2-1 victory puts Sligo Rovers in 8th on ten points, one ahead of Limerick who have played a game more. Dundalk top the table on 24 points.