Drom off to a flyer as Adare and Caseys draw

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.


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.

Social Sharing

Posted in

“We felt quite comfortable in the end” | John Kiely speaks after Limerick’s Clare comeback kicks off Munster campaign

The second half introductions of Ó Dálaigh, Adam English and Conor Boylan were, in Kiely's words, "pivotal" in ...
Read More

Limerick name team for Munster Hurling Championship opener | TEAM NEWS

The Shannonsiders carry immense threat in the corners, with Hurler of the Year Aaron Gillane named in one, ...
Read More

Limerick name minor hurling team for Clare clash | TEAM NEWS

Diarmuid Hurley is named at 14, joined by Danny Sheehan and Malachy McKenna in the inside-forward line. Limerick ...
Read More

Ambrose, Lee and Murphy in Division 4 Team of the Year

The Limerick trio join six Carlow representatives in the side, alongside a Leitrim trio and a Fermanagh pair. ...
Read More

Limerick v Clare | Last Five Championship Clashes 2020-’23

With pride at stake when the old rivals meet on April 21, we look back at their five ...
Read More

ODDS | Limerick favourites to retain Munster hurling crown

The Treaty are the favourites for the 2024 title, the bookies fancying their chances of making it six ...
Read More

Shane Dowling’s Limerick Minors to face Cork | TEAM NEWS

Liam O'Connor partners joint-captain Cosgrave in midfield, with Eoghan Maher named just ahead at centre-forward. Limerick Minor hurling ...
Read More

Limerick make changes to U20 hurling side for Tipperary meeting | TEAM NEWS

Joe Fitzgerald moves to midfield to partner Con Hayes, with Fintan Fitzgerald named just ahead at centre-forward. Limerick ...
Read More