Shocks in first round of Limerick SFC

THERE were shocks galore in the opening round of the Limerick senior football championship.

THERE were shocks galore in the opening round of the Limerick senior football championship.

The biggest side to be toppled were champions Monaleen.

They lost 1-10 to 0-9 to Ballylanders with Steven Fox getting the all-important goal.

Last season’s beaten finalists, Newcastle West got off to a flyer this season.

The west Limerick side were 1-10 to 0-8 winners over Dromcollogher-Broadford in Tournafulla on Friday night.

And, that result was without the services of injured Limerick senior star; Stephen Kelly.

Elsewhere on Friday night in the opening games of the championship, St Senans and Ballysteen drew 0-13 to 1-10.

A late Paul Ryan free earned St Senan’s a share of the spoils after a pulsating second half.

When Shane Hallinan put Ballysteen 1-9 to 0-9 up with 55 minutes on the clock, it seemed as if that might be enough. They were against the breeze but Senan’s hadn’t scored in over ten minutes and the two quick-fire points that had Ballysteen three clear could have signalled the end of their challenge.

But Ian Ryan was in top form and he scored two points in a minute (one from a free) to close the gap to one.

On Saturday evening, St Kierans were 0-9 to 0-6 winners over Galbally in Ballyagran.

Galbally were 0-4 to 0-3 ahead at half time but had played with a strong wind in the opening 30-minutes.

The free-taking of Anthony Molyneaux had St Kierans in front after three minutes of the second half and they maintained the lead for the remainder of the half with Galbally scoring just twice in the second half through Vinny O’Connell.

Good news for Limerick senior football manager Maurice Horan was the return to action of Johnny McCarthy and Jim O’Donovan for St Kierans.

O’Donovan kicked two points from play in the first half - he played full forward for the entire game.

In the sixth and final game, on Sunday evening, 2011 intermediate champions struck late for a dramatic win over 2010 county finalists; Adare. The final score in Newcastle West was Mountcollins 1-11, Adare 1-9.

The biggest winners of the weekend were Fr Caseys, who defeated St Patricks 4-15 to 0-5.