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

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.

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.

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.

Group 1

Again, however, Newcastle West seemed to turn off the tap and had the Drom attack brought their shooting boots, the next 10 minutes would have seen the game well and truly over. Into the second-half and again Newcastle West started well, three Michael Quilligan points in the first nine minutes regaining the initiative, Drom-Broadford again struggling to contain the youthful zest of their big-town rivals. Three points Drom scored, the first an absolute cracker from wing-back Gareth Noonan, the impressive Derry McCarthy and captain Patrick Donnelly with the others; five wides though, one worse than the next, which meant this was still anyones game.

Cian McGoey Granagh Ballingarry, Conor Finn Galbally, Marc Nolan Fr Caseys, Will Madigan St Senans, Conal ODuinn Monaleen, Lee Foley Drom/Broadford, Michael Clifford Ballybricken, Cullen Quigley Fr Caseys, Colm OFlaherty Ballysteen, Calum Ryan Ballysteen, Eoin OBrien Drom/Broadford, Adam OKeeffe Galtee Gaels, Oisin OConnor Monaleen, Conor Whelan Oola, Killian OMahony St Senans, Jack Ryan Galtee Gaels, Liam Scanlan Monagea, Sean Geraghty Newcastlewest, (Vice Captain).

With a full squad they are a match for anyone with their quick and direct style of play. Oola exceeded expectations last summer after reaching the quarter final stage against all odds. Open their campaign against Fr Caseys in what they will look at as a must win. Another side hampered by players attempting to juggle intercounty hurling with club football.

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.

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Were going well.

Na Piarsaigh will once again be hampered by their hurlers progression to the All Ireland Final with a number of players equally adept at both codes. Will be doing well to make it past the group stages but with a full strength side they could put it up to anyone. Into their fourth year in the Senior ranks, much has been made of this Na Piarsaigh side but to no avail.

Well have to come back here four or five steps higher the next day. And Drom-Broadford manager Mikey Fahys reaction? They were doing piles of damage but for some reason we stopped kicking them the ball it beggars belief but these things happen. He continued: We started well but our forward line is like any other forward line, if they get good ball they will hurt you.

Kieran's GAA club we would like to congratulate all those who made the night such a success, the level of community spirit exhibited on both nights was truly a sight to behold. There was an array of talent on show and it was very evident that each of the participants went to great lengths in their preparation to ensure that both nights were a success and the crowd went home happy. Ardagh District Recreational & Sporting company held their Lip Sync battle fundraiser in aid of the new Astroturf facility on Friday and Saturday evening last in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine and it goes without saying that two excellent nights of entertainment were had. The new Astroturf facility will hopefully be a huge asset to the community with all sporting organisations benefiting from it in the not so distant future and we would encourage you all to continue your support for the project. Huge credit must go not only to the organising committee for putting together such an outstanding event but equally to all those who participated in the event. From all within St. Onwards and upwards into the future. Were it not for the level of hard work and dedication from both the organising committee and the willing participants both nights could not have been as successful, furthermore the level of support from those in attendance was extremely encouraging. Both nights were extremely well supported not only from those within the parish, but it was also great to see so many people from places further afield in attendance on both evenings.

Expect the 2015 County Champions to have a strong say in this years championship. Have arguably the strongest panel in the county and on their day are a match for anyone. Newcastle will be ruing missed chances last time out as they surrendered a late lead against Adare to lose the county final by a whisker. Newcastle began the campaign last time out so impressively, easily dispatching St Pats and Ballylanders in the opening two rounds before losing momentum against Ballysteen and Oola.

We started brightly with Adam Kearns and James Naughton running from deep causing much trouble with Richard Hayes in fine form, a goal was scored within fifteen minutes with good work out the field resulting in Richard rattling the ball to the net. Brandon Murphy and his direct running helped create overlaps however we were a little disappointed not to have taken more scores. We dominated much of the game in the first half with another goal coming in quick succession. With James Bridgeman at full back keeping all around him touch tight we ensured that we only allowed the opposition to get 3 points in the first half. As the half time whistle rang we led on a score line of 2-07 to 3 points. With Seamus McSweeney and the midfield partnership dominating, along with Eoin McSweeney also winning the breaks we were given a great platform. Having previously faced the team in the earlier stages both sides were aware of each other. As thoughts turn to Christmas shopping and the holiday period our 21s are busy preparing for college exams while their sporting aspirations were tested on Monday evening in Mick Neville Park when they faced Drom Broadford in the West A semi final. In defence Daniel Conroy and Darragh Woulfe showed that they were not in a festive mood and would not give the Drom forward line anything easy.