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Connor Ellis throws down the gauntlet for Limerick to win their final two league games of the season

Limerick FC striker Connor Ellis has labeled the upcoming games against St. Pats and Waterford as the springboard to gaining momentum for their upcoming relegation play off at the end of the month.

Tommy Barrett’s side currently sit second from the bottom of the Premier Division after a difficult season, but 22-year-old Ellis believes his side possess the skill and fitness to remain in the top flight.

“Everyone’s feeling up for it. We have no injuries to worry about and the main focus now is to get the win and then focus on Waterford next week,’ Connor said.

“After losing the last few games, we need one big push to get us over the line. Tommy’s been very good to me since I arrived and I hope I can repay his faith.”

Ellis signed a two-year contract as Barrett’s first signing as Limerick FC manager at the beginning of the season.

He enjoyed a successful stint with John Caulfield’s Cork City side where he scored five goals in 29 appearances as they won the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and the FAI Cup.

“For me, this was my first real season in the top flight. It was tough at the start, very physically demanding playing against experienced centre backs who were used to playing week in week out.

“I was frustrated watching the other lads play the full match, where I would get 15-20 minutes here and there,” he added.

“At Limerick it’s 75 or the full 90 minutes contributing and it’s much more of a feel good factor. It’s a different experience. Your fighting for each point, learning after each game. Its a completely different experience.”

Hailing from Kealkill in West Cork, Ellis made his first team debut for Cork City in 2015 after impressing for the club’s U19 side.

Ellis highlighted the likes of Robbie Keane and Shaun Maguire as players he hopes to emulate someday.

“To follow in the footsteps of either, to an extent that would be the dream. I played with Shaun and he’s an exceptional player, even him coming on against Wales the other night just shows what’s possible.

“If I became half the player he is, that would be an achievement in itself.”

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