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

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.

If Newcastle West manager Mikey Quilligan is anything like the Scot, then one would love to have been a fly on the wall in their dressing-room yesterday. But, away from the game as a sports contest for a second and what will surely dictate most talk this morning were the unsavoury scenes in the aftermath. Limerick GAA chiefs will meet in the next 48 hours to discuss what sanctions will arise from such a shocking incident. The post-match hair-dryer treatment is a phrase usually used in reference to the aspect of Alex Fergusons role as manager of Manchester United after his side puts in what he considers a less-than-acceptable performance.

Football championship to could be best yet

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.

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.

Drom-Broadford reached the semi-finals of the competition last time out after a highly impressive group campaign that saw them finish top of their group. Expect more of the same this time around. Unexpectedly they were put to the sword in the semis however, by a well-drilled Adare side. Despite being a side in transition, Drom have reached the semi-final stages a record 18 times on the bounce and have seven titles to their credit since the turn of the century.

Dromcollogher/ Broadford GAA

The minor championship side of two years ago will be expected to provide some spark to an aging squad. Monaleen will be disappointed with their last campaign after surrendering their title in the semi final, limping out of the championship at the hands of Newcastle West. They retain majority of the side from 2016 and will no doubt be one of the favourites once more.

The Limerick SFC for 2018 kicks off this Thursday with 12 teams battling out for the Championship. The action begins on Thursday with the champions in action against Drom-Broadford while Na Piarsaigh off the back of their All Ireland Hurling heartache take on Monaleen. Last year saw Adare claim a first title at the grade after they won the Intermediate championship just 12 months prior to that.

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.

Group 1

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).

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.

A strong and abrasive team, well capable of putting up a big score, no one will be looking forward to facing Pats. St Patricks will be disappointed to have not made it out of the groups stages last time out after reaching the semi final stage in 2016. In a very similar group this time around, they will be expecting to reach the knock-out stages where they are a threat to all.

Monaleen

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.