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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Although they couldnt make it out of a similar group last time out, they will be confident of reaching the knockout stages in 2018. Blend a mix of lovely footballers with a tough, hard-hitting men ready for battle. Johnny McCarthys retirement from Intercounty duties may be a blessing for the men from the west as they look to add to their collection of three county titles.

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.

Ballysteen

The years away from Senior has seen a number of young players arrive to complement the experienced core of the west side. They face Ballylanders in the opening round and a win here will open up a world of possibilities to the promoted side. St Senans long-awaited return to the senior ranks was confirmed last October with a convincing win over Galbally in the Intermediate final. They will take confidence from Adare who followed up promotion by winning the senior championship at the first try.