Drom/Broadford (@1.36) vs St Senans (@3.5)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Drom/Broadford will win

Drom/Broadford – St Senans Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 10:00

Derry McCarthy narrowed the margin to just a point in the 58th minute with his third point but then, in injury-time, the golden opportunity came for Newcastle West an inviting cross-cum-lob by James Kelly for sub Paul Hannon to simply fist to the net. In the 54th minute, and for the third time, the pendulum again swung the way of Newcastle West, and again it was the burly James Kelly doing the damage, on the end of a fine move involving James Lee and Thomas Quilligan to finish with another powerful blast to the roof of the net at 2-7 to 0-11, just over five minutes remaining, Newcastle Wests first title since 1992 was within their grasp. However, Hannon hesitated, tried to control, Drom keeper Keith Noonan was across like a shot, chance gone, the subsequent 45 also missed.

They have over the last few years being going along nicely and this could be the year that they make the big breakthrough. This will be a tough test for the champions who for the last 2 seasons have not started well. I fancy Ballylanders to cause a first round shock. First up for Monaleen is a game against Ballylanders. A similar start will make it very tough for them to get out of the group this year as there are quality sides in Group 1. The Champions are in group 1 along with Ballylanders, St Senan's, Ballysteen, Drom Broadford and Newcastle West.

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Adare will find it hard to match the undisputed success that was 2017 that wielded a maiden Limerick Senior Football Championship. The aim this year will be to defend their title and make it three championships in a row after winning the Intermediate title in 2016. Two U21 titles in the past three years is a signal of the young talent in the side who will be confident of going all the way again.

At least seven players were involved in the build-up. It took 12 minutes before Garrett Noonan got Drom-Broadfords first point of the second half, by which stage Mike Quilligan had three points for Newcastle West. Drom-Broadford had a brace from Derry McCarthy to edge a point in front until Kelly had his second goal five minutes from the end. There was never much between the sides and they were level three times in the first half, at the end of which favourites Drom-Broadford led by a point, 0-8 to 1-4. Kellys goal came after 16 minutes to put his side 1-4 to 0-4 in front.

Ballylanders reached the quarter-finals last time out after finding themselves in the relegation final the previous year. Similar to their opponents, their first game of the group will go a long way in determining their progression through the championship. They will be looking to continue this progress as they still contain a number of the panel from the 2014 County Championship run.

Limerick Senior Football Championship Final Drom Broadford 0-13 Newcastlewest 2-7

Fr Casey's and St Patrick's meet in the second game with the west side hoping to qualify and secure their place in the quarter final at least. St Kieran's meet Galbally with Galbally I'm sure their first thoughts will be to stay up this season. While Adare and Mountcollins meet in the final game of the weekend. In Group 2 Fr Casey's and Adare would be fancied to get out of the group with the final place a real toss up.

Full-forward James Kelly had the Drom-Broadford rearguard in complete disarray, notched 1-2, and Kelly was ably abetted by young Michael Quilligan, while the third inside forward, Thomas Quilligan, roamed the plains to excellent effect. Wing-forward and Shannon rugby player Stephen Kelly was also causing Drom-Broadford major problems with his pace and intelligent distribution. And then, for no apparent reason, Newcastlewest seemed to sit back. Newcastle West came into this game as underdogs against their neighbours from Dromcollogher-Broadford, the powerhouse club of Limerick senior football since the turn of this century. Playing with power, pace and no little precision, however, the underdogs were a goal ahead after 16 minutes, and full value for that lead. Four consecutive points Newcastle West conceded before the break (Michel Reidy with three, two of those from soft frees) and they trailed at the break 0-8 to 1-4.

Its a busy weekend ahead with three of our underage football squads in action. Both our U15 squads are in action in the Dermot Early Memorial Tournament against Wexford in LIT. Our U14s head to Dungarvan for the annual Jim Power Tournament.

St Kierans club notes

While Eoin McSweeney in the half back line raided up the field to help set up some wonderful scores. As the first half wore on we dominated the game with a slight cross field breeze favouring us, a long ball into Richard Hayes resulted in him showing his strength to hold onto the ball and fend off his man to sneak a shot which went goal bound and into the net. Seamus McSweeny began to influence the game also and won many breaking ball with the direct running of Brandon Murphy also causing much trouble to the Drom rear guard. With over six of our starting team involved with our intermediate side this 21s side bring a vast amount of experience to the game while we also have many minors who are also stepping up this grade. In defence we proved teak tough with James Bridgeman Daniel Conroy and Noeillie Griffin all ensuring scores were kept to a minimum. We started brightly with points from Richard Hayes with good work from James Naughton and Steven O Connell in the middle of the field. Half time score read 1-7 to 3 in favour of the saints. Our under 21s faced in round 2 of the championship last Saturday evening when the faced Drom Broadford in Knockaderry with both adults teams suffering defeat at both county final stages in senior and intermediate respectively this was a chance for the youth of both sides to stake a claim for silverware and banish any bad vibes.

Youre always disappointed when you draw but ultimately we didnt play well enough to win that game I thought we were absolutely atrocious. A minute later James Kelly picked up a second yellow card for a needless foul and before he had even left the field Drom took a quick free, ball ended in the hands of the deadly Michel Reidy game-tying point from distance. And what of Quilligans assessment of his sides performance? We played for about 20 minutes, for 40 minutes we were atrocious and theres no point trying to hide that.

I fancy Ballysteen to win this one. In the final group 1 game of the weekend St Senan's and Ballysteen meet in a big West derby. This was without doubt the finest game of football we saw last year and i just hope we get the same again this weekend but i very much doubt it. I know Drom Broadford will have been hurting by the defeat last year and will be out to prove a major point this weekend. The other standout game in Round 1 is a repeat of last years Semi Final as Newcastle West and Drom Broadford meet. I fancy them to get one over on Newcastle West.

LIMERICK UNDERAGE FOOTBALL SQUADS DETAILS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Mayo, Cavan, Tyrone, Roscommon, Galway will join regular participants Cork, Waterford, Clare, Kerry and Tipperary. Martinstown, Mick Neville Park, Ballyleague (Roscommon) and Annaduff (Leitrim) will be the venues for Day 1. This year sees a new look to the U16 tournament with the number of participating teams increased from the tradition eight to 16 and run over two days. Based on results teams will qualify for the Division 1, 2, 3, 4 Cup & Shield Finals to take place on Saturday 27th July.

With exit from the competition facing Drom Broadford we always expected a bank lash and it came from the off with some well taken long range scores. As Drom began to run directly at us, our defence had to be teak tough and this was shown by a monster shoulder from Daniel Conroy with the Drom player doing well to hold onto the ball he met an immovable force in Conroy whose strength ensured the opposition player would progress no further. Well done to the team and to the management team. They now face Athea/Mountcollins with the final fixed for this weekend however we await confirmation of this. As their confidence grew Richard Hayes then stepped up to get us back scoring in the second half with Eoin Tucker also causing some trouble the in Drom defence. Again perhaps we were a little wasteful with our shooting but this shows the high standard that was set in the first half. As the game entered the later stages we perhaps began to let our tight grip on the game slip with Drom pouncing on a mistake to score a goal of their own and tag on some points, however our men regrouped and showed great maturity to close out the game and book a place in a West final their second in as many years.