Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has tipped Limerick as contenders for the SSE Airtricity Premier Division title, admitting he is impressed with the panel of players Martin Russell has assembled at Markets Field.
The Candystripes host Limerick in their first home game of the season on Friday, March 3, taking on the Shannonsiders at their temporary Buncrana home.
Shiels is cautious of the challenge Limerick pose, and believes that they have invested for the title.
“Limerick have a superb panel of players,” Shiels told the Belfast Telegraph.
“Not only have they invested for Europe, they have invested for the title. I make no bones about that, they are a team that could win the title quite easily. They are a team used to winning.
“We have to have faith; losing Ben [Doherty] and Rory [Patterson] hasn’t helped us. It puts us in a difficult situation but we’ll just do our best.
“I have said all along that they are a really strong squad of players. They have players in their thirties – Freddy Hall, Robbie Williams, the Brazilian, Tosi, and [John] O’Flynn. Then there’s [Chris] Mulhall 29, Paul O’Connor 29 and Shane Duggan and Shane Tracy are both 28.
“What experience they have; Shaun Kelly is 28, Ian Turner is 28 in April, the amount of players they have in that range, they have loads of experience on us. We have to deal with this.”