Limerick coach Joe Gamble thought his side deserved to take a point from their battle with Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening.
The game finished in a 1-1 draw after a very late Rodrigo Tosi goal cancelled out an early Roberto Lopes goal for Rovers.
Gamble said, “We were very confident going to play Rovers for a few reasons, we were unbeaten in four games, and playing very good football.”
“The manner in which the draw came was brilliant, a never say die attitude, kept going right to the end.”
“We put a huge amount of pressure on Rovers in the second half, and we really dominated for long periods of it, and deserve a draw no doubt about it.”
Gamble thought they missed their chance saying, “When Roddy (Tosi) missed a very good chance late on it looked as if it wasn’t meant to be, but great credit to him and all the lads for keeping going.”
“The goal was a quality move which started with great movement from Cheiozde to get in behind the full back. A clever pass by Lee J, he drove the ball across the six yard box, John O’Flynn cleverly let it run through his legs for Roddy to finish it.”
“Rovers are well organised and worked extremely hard. In the first half we found it hard at times, but for the last ten minutes of the half we started to show our quality on the ball and took that into the second half.”
On their Brazilian striker Gamble said, “Rodrigo is a great lad, a happy go lucky fella off the pitch. He has a streak at times on the pitch, which I love, and you need that at times especially the way he plays.”
“He gets on with his business in training and is a top player at what he does. The players have great time for him, he’s not a typical Brazilian player more like a old school centre forward.”
Photo Credit: Bobby Best (Shamrock Rovers)