Cork City failed to keep the pressure on the top three teams in the Continental WNL table following a lacklustre performance against a resilient Limerick side in this Munster derby at the Markets Field.
A strong defensive performance from Dave Rooney’s side ensured his young Limerick guns earned a big point in a game that could have gone either way.
Following a bright start from Limerick, it was indeed the home side that were the first to threaten on four minutes.
Sylvia Gee’s brilliant free kick into the box was met by an unmarked Megan Kelleher, who headed narrowly wide.
Limerick’s early opportunity was a sign of things to come as the hosts took an early stronghold on the game against a lacklustre Cork City side.
The chances continued to come and Limerick failed to capitalise on another free kick opportunity, Marie Curtin drove her effort over the bar after Rebecca Horgan was dragged down by Cork’s Maggie Duncliffe as she was through on goal.
Cork City were disappointing throughout the first half, exemplified by one of their very few chances of note when Fennelly denied her former club from taking the lead as she saved well during a one on one with Eadoin Lyons.
Despite their dominance, a tiring Limerick side were stretched on the verge of half-time but Dave Rooney’s team weathered a late Cork City resurgence to go into the break on level terms.
Though far better after the interval, Cork came up against a very strong and determined Limerick defence and had to call on Amanda Budden as Limerick did well on the break.
The visitors kept pressing and despite tiring towards the end of the game, Limerick failed to use any of their substitutions but continued to deny a battling Cork City side.
Danielle Burke came close towards the end but her mishit effort edged wide as Cork failed to take advantage of a better second half to earn a point on Shannonside. 
Limerick: Trish Fennelly, Sophie Glesson, Marie Curtin, Megan Kelleher, Carys Johnson, Lauren Keane, Sylvia Gee, Therese Hartley, Aisling O’Connor, Rebecca Horgan, Jane Anne McKevitt.
Cork City: Amanda Budden, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Eadoin Lyons (Christine Dring 67), Saoirse Noonan, Amy McCormack (Hannah O’Donoghue 71), Michelle O’ Driscoll (Kate O’Donovan 79), Danielle Sheedy, Maggie Duncliffe, Katie McCarthy.
Referee: Andy Hall.


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