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

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.

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).

Again, however, Newcastle West seemed to turn off the tap and had the Drom attack brought their shooting boots, the next 10 minutes would have seen the game well and truly over. Into the second-half and again Newcastle West started well, three Michael Quilligan points in the first nine minutes regaining the initiative, Drom-Broadford again struggling to contain the youthful zest of their big-town rivals. Three points Drom scored, the first an absolute cracker from wing-back Gareth Noonan, the impressive Derry McCarthy and captain Patrick Donnelly with the others; five wides though, one worse than the next, which meant this was still anyones game.

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.

Ballysteen

Fr Casey's and St Patrick's meet in the second game with the west side hoping to qualify and secure their place in the quarter final at least. St Kieran's meet Galbally with Galbally I'm sure their first thoughts will be to stay up this season. While Adare and Mountcollins meet in the final game of the weekend. In Group 2 Fr Casey's and Adare would be fancied to get out of the group with the final place a real toss up.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.