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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Were going well.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Drom came out of the block flying in the second half winning allot of breaking ball and getting some well taken scores from our frees in the back line however we rallied well with Brandon Murphy making a lighting run leaving the defenders in his wake to score a well taken goal. Further points from Seamus McSweeney extended the gap while Aarron Hanlon showed a predator instinct to score 1-1 within five minutes to put the contest well and truly beyond doubt with a score line of 3-10 to 7 points.