Galway United travel to the Markets Field on Friday night to face Limerick. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
United arrive at the Garryowen venue trailing their hosts by five points with just two league games remaining.
Shane Keegan’s side are currently 10th in the league table, sitting a point behind Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic.
Keegan acknowledges positive results will be required in both of United’s remaining games and when the sides previously met this season, there was little to separate them.
A fantastic strike from David Cawley earned United a point at the Markets field while the sides traded wins at Eamonn Deacy Park. Most recently, Limerick knocked the Tribesmen out of the FAI Cup at the Dyke Road venue.
KEEGAN TARGETS VITAL WIN AT THE MARKETS FIELD
“We need to be aiming for a win, you would imagine it would put us in a good position heading into the final day, if we were to win.
“Ourselves, St Pats and Sligo Rovers all have games against difficult teams at the weekend. All we can do is focus on our own performance against Limerick.
“If we don’t put in a performance against Limerick, we can’t whinge about the teams around us not doing us any favours.
“I think ourselves and Limerick are two evenly matched teams. We were below par against them in the FAI Cup, they were below par against us in the league at Eamonn Deacy Park. If both perform on the night, it’s going to be an interesting game.”
Ronan Manning is ruled out with a groin strain.
Gary Shanahan (shin) picked up a knock in training on Thursday morning, but it is hoped that the winger will be fit for the Limerick game.
Referee: Anthony Buttimer
Assistant 1: Emmet Dynan
Assistant 2: Allen Lynch
Fourth Official: David Keeler
GALWAY UNITED GOALSCORERS
Ronan Murray – 15
Gavan Holohan – 7
Kevin Devaney – 6
Padraic Cunningham – 5
Vinny Faherty – 4
Stephen Folan – 4
Eoin McCormack – 3
David Cawley – 2
Gary Shanahan – 2
Jesse Devers – 1
Lee Grace – 1
Jonah Ayunga – 1
Marc Ludden – 1
Limerick’s previous five games
Bray Wanderers 1-1 Limerick
Limerick 2-1 Cork City
Cork City 1-0 Limerick
St Patrick’s Athletic 2-2 Limerick
Limerick 1-0 Drogheda United
Galway United’s previous five games
Galway United 1-2 Limerick
Galway United 2-1 Derry City
Galway United 3-1 Sligo Rovers
Bray Wanderers 3-3 Galway United
Galway United 1-1 St Patrick’s Athletic
September 8th, 2017 | Galway United 1-2 Limerick
Galway United goalscorer: Padraic Cunningham
Limerick goalscorers: Rodrigo Tosi and Shane Duggan