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

Were going well.

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.

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.

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.

St Patricks

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Football championship to could be best yet

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.