Gamble says “Sligo fully deserved the win” but very disappointed in the state of Showgrounds pitch  

Sligo’s Showgrounds

Willie Boland’s unbeaten league run as Interim Manager of Limerick FC came to an end on Saturday night as they were well beaten 3-0 by Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds. 

They fell behind early and never recovered, as goals from Cretaro, Ayunga and Sadlier helped Sligo to victory.

Coach Joe Gamble said, “Terrible start and we never recovered from it. We just weren’t at the races, it’s as simple as that.”

“The goals we conceded were extremely poor from our point of view. It was an excellent finish by Raffaele Cretaro for the first goal, but the second one was a really bad goal and summed up the whole game from our perspective.”

“Our great recent form comes to an end, but you dust yourself off and get back to work on Monday to prepare for a big home game against Derry and hopefully bounce straight back.”

While in no way making excuses for the defeat, as he said the victory was fully deserved by Sligo, Limerick coach Joe Gamble was extremely disappointed with quality of the surface at the Showgrounds. He said, “11 or so games into the season it’s ridiculous how bad it is. You couldn’t pass a ball five yards without the ball bouncing everywhere.”

“Any good player could easily look like a average player quickly on that surface, as it dictates the type of match that needs to be played. But why should supporters, or professional players accept watching or playing on anything other than a good playing surface. After all it is a professional league. It’s a crying shame that anyone coming to watch a match on that would fairly quickly be turned off with what they’re seeing.”