Drom/Broadford (@1.36) vs St Senans (@3.5)

Our Prediction:

Drom/Broadford will win

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

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.

They got the better of Fr Caseys in their semi-final tie with Ray Lynch grabbing the crucial goal while the experience of Seanie Buckley, Jason Stokes and Michel Reidy will be central to their hopes of success.James Kelly struck the crucial goal for Newcastlewest in their semi-final win over Ballysteen with Iain Corbett, Thomas Quilligan and Stephen Kelly other important figures in their side. Champions in 2008 and 2009, Drom-Broadford are back contesting a senior football decider in Limerick. They are searching for their first title since 1992 here.

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.


Face St Kierans in the opening round with the sides playing out a draw last summer in the group stages. Have failed to make it past the group stages in the last two years and will be keen to improve on this. Ballysteen staved off relegation last time out after needing two games to beat Rathkeale in the decider. Another determined side who could cause an upset on their day.

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.

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.

Were going well.

Group 2

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.

Then two minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the match Kelly was shown a second yellow. He was also the central figure in the absorbing contest. James Kelly was the Newcastle West hero, scoring 2-2 of their tally. When these two sides last met in the final eight years ago it also finished in a draw. Two minutes before the interval Newcastle West claimed a penalty as Kelly raced through but play was waved on and that led to the half-time protests, as a result of which Kelly was one of two players shown yellow cards. He seemed to be injured en route to leaving the field, which sparked more heated scenes after five minutes of stoppage-time had been played.

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.

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.