Last years beaten finalists Dromcollogehr-Broadford got off to best possible start in the Limerick SFC, easily overcoming Na Piarsaigh 2-13 to 1-5 in Askeaton on Thursday evening.
A late score from Caseys would see their game with Adare finish level, 1-9 0-12.
In Askaeaton, although both sides shared possession evenly in the opening period, Na Piarsaigh’s inaccuracy in front of goal would be their major downfall.
By the 23rd minute, the west side had ran up a five point lead with points coming from Ray Lynch and a brace each from Derry McCarthy and Micheal Brosnan. Na Piarsaigh failed to open up their account until the 25th minute courtesy of Kieran Daly.
By the half time whistle the game seemed beyond the city sides reach with the scoreboard reading 0-6 to 0-1.
The sides traded points quickly after the restart, before Drom would strike a killer blow in the 35th minute. A well worked move, began by the impressive Kevin Noonan was played through the hands before eventually finding Paul Madigan who would blast past the helpless keeper.
Cillian Fahy had Drom’s second goal in the 50th minute to put the game firmly to bed. With 10 minutes remaining Drom lead by 13 points, 2-11 to 0-4.
To their credit, Na Piarsaigh did not give up got a goal of their own in the 53th minute from Evan Condon. Both sides would add another point to their total before the full time whistle.
In Newcastle, a last gasp Adrian Enright point was enough to snatch Fr Caseys a draw against last years Intermediate champions Adare. The game finished Adare 1-9 to Casey’s 0-12.
The game was even from the outset. By the 10th minute the teams had been level three times with the sides deadlocked at 0-3 a piece. Adare would find a crucial goal in the 13th minute from Mikey Lyons to drag them clear.
Yet Fr Caseys demonstrated all of their vast experience to reel in their opponents scoring four on the bounce to lead 0-8 to 1-4 at the break.
Adare started the second half the better and would add on two scores to regain the lead after 36 minutes. Yet, entering the final quarter, the sides would find themselves level once more, 1-7 to 0-10.
Adare would again pick off two points in a row to push them closer to victory. In the 50th minute Fr Caseys had a penalty brilliantly saved by Brendan Carmody.
Senior Football Championship
Fr Caseys 0-10
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However, Caseys were still able to find two unanswered scores the secure a draw in a thoroughly enjoyable game op football. Adare will be disappointed not to have won but will be pleased with their return to Senior football.
Friday evening will see two more games of football in the Limerick SFC. Ballysteen will meet Oola in Mungret while St Pats face Newcastle in Mick Neville Park. Both games have a 7pm throw in time.