Monaleen shocked by Adare

Limerick senior football champions Monaleen were stunned by Adare on Saturday night in Mungret as they went down on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-5 in the second round of the championship.

Limerick senior football champions Monaleen were stunned by Adare on Saturday night in Mungret as they went down on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-5 in the second round of the championship.

Adare were full value for their nine-point victory, secured on the back of a powerful final quarter display.

The crucial score of the tie arrived mid-way through the second half when substitute Diarmuid Sexton set up Adare corner forward Neil Mulvihill for the game’s only goal.

Left corner forward Mulvihill top scored for the winners, kicking 1-2 from play, while right corner forward Willie Griffin landed four points, including three from play.

Adare led 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time, with both sides struggling to come to terms with the wet, slippery conditions.

When Muiris Gavin landed a 34th minute free for Monaleen to leave a point between the sides, the outcome appeared in some doubt.

However, while the champions failed to record another score for the remainder of the game, Adare amassed 1-5 to run out comfortable winners.

Elsewhere in the Limerick SFC, St Pat’s lost to Fr Casey’s on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-8 on Friday night. The Rhebogue side are in the same group as city rivals Monaleen but they lie in fifth in the group of six, with just a draw after two games. Monaleen, with two points, now lie in third place in Group 1, two points behind leaders Fr Casey’s, while Adare are second on three points. Last year’s intermediate champions Galbally have two points while Pallasgreen prop up the table having lost both games.

In the other group, former Munster club champions Drumcollogher-Broadford are in big trouble of not even reaching the qaurter-finals as they lost their second game in a row on Friday night. Newcastle West got the better of Drom to go top of that group while Ballysteen got the better of St Kieran’s. St Senan’s and Ballylanders drew on Sunday night.

Meanwhile in the Limerick IFC, Mungret were the only city team to record a win in the second round of games.They had a narrow 1-10 to 1-9 win over Cappamore in Group 1 but there was no luck for Claughaun or Na Piarsaigh in Group 2. Bruree beat Claughaun on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-9 while Croom beat Na Piarsaigh 0-15 to 0-8.

Clubs now switch their attention to hurling as the championship begins next week.

Na Piarsaigh, the city’s sole senior hurling club, begin their campaign against Croom in a group that also contains Adare and Bruree.

In the intermediate championship, Claughaun begin life in the lower grade with a clash with Kildimo while Ballybrown, who drew with Na Piarsaigh in the recent city final, play Knockaderry.

Elsewhere, Monaleen play Monagea and Mungret meet Dromin-Athlacca.