TOMMY Stack made light work of a hectic day to play a key role in helping former kingpins Dromcollogher-Broadford into the quarter-finals of the Limerick SFC on Saturday.
Stack was manager of the Limerick ladies football team who played Westmeath in the All Ireland semi-final in Birr and after they went down narrowly, 1-10 to 1-7, but he made the 75-mile trip to Newcastle West to arrive 20 minutes before throw-in. The game had been put back 15 minutes to facilitate Stack and he duly put in a man-of-the-match display at corner-back as his side eased to a 2-12 to 2-4 win over St Kieran’s.
It was a winner-takes-all clash between the west-Limerick rivals but Drom were always in control. They led 1-9 to 0-1 at the break, the goal coming just before half time from Ray Lynch and they extended their advantage when Jason Stokes goaled five minutes into the second half.
Two Anthony Molyneaux penalties helped Kieran’s reduce the deficit to seven points but they never looked like closing the gap any further and Drom eased through. Elsewhere in Group 1, Newcastle West booked their automatic semi-final spot with a 1-9 to 1-6 win over St Senan’s. Less than a year after needing a win over Claughaun to preserve their senior status, Newcastle West are unbeaten after the group stages.
Ballylanders and Drom-Broadford take second and third spot respectively. Ballylanders secured their knockout spot with a 0-18 to 2-9 win over Ballysteen and will now play last year’s champions Monaleen in the quarter-final after Monaleen drew 0-10 each with top side Fr Casey’s, who go straight through to the semi-final.
Drom-Broadfoard will play St Pat’s in the other quarter-final after the city side saw off Pallasgreen 2-11 to 1-9 in hot-tempered affair in Caherconlish. The match was delayed by ten minutes because of a free-for-all late in the second half but at that stage Pat’s were on their way through. They trailed by two points early in the second half but goals from John Mullane and Conor Kavanagh helped them to a five-point win and their first semi-final spot in over 30 years.
Monaleen were 0-7 to 0-2 up at the break after playing with the wind but Derry O’Connor and James Riordan were impressive for the Abbeyfeale side in the second half and they did well to pull back the difference to secure a draw. The draw was enough for Monaleen though as Galbally shocked last year’s beaten finalists Adare.
Galbally were 2-4 to 2-3 down at half time but produced a storming second half to run out winners on a scoreline of 2-9 to 2-7. It meant that Adare finished on just four points and the Monaleen’s draw against Fr Casey’s was enough to move them into third place. It completed a bad week for Adare as they were crashed out of the senior hurling championship just seven days earlier.
Galbally’s win mean they won’t be involved in the relegation playoff - instead Pallasgreen will meet Ballysteen.
Elsewhere in Limerick GAA over the weekend, the quarter-finals of the Limerick IFC were confirmed. Mountcollins will play Bruree and Hospital- Herbertstown will face Athea. Bruff and Oola secured their place in the semi-final by topping their groups.
In the Limerick IHC, Ballybrown got the better of Kildimo 0-12 to 0-7 in their quarter-final replay to set up a semi-final showdown with Glenroe next Saturday. Effin meet Dromin-Athlacca in the other semi-final.
- See the weekend Limerick Leader for a full report on all games in the Limerick SFC