SENIOR football champions Monaleen are facing an early championship exit in the Limerick’s Live 95FM sponsored SFC after Sunday’s shock 2-9 to 0-14 loss to city rivals, St Patricks on Sunday evening.
or the second successive season the Rhebogue men defeated their more illustrious neighbours with John Mullane striking for the late winner.
Last season Monaleen regrouped to win a fourth county senior title and a third in the decade.
But this time round the loss to ‘The Saints’ could derail their title defence. The men from the Castletroy area are in danger of going out of the championship before the knockout stages and even a win against Fr Casey’s in the final round of group games on the weekend of September 2/3/4 might not be enough to save them.
And the win could propel the men in green into the play-offs if they win their final game against Pallasgreen.
For their part St Patrick’s have full control over their own destiny.
They know that victory over bottom-side Pallasgreen will ensure a quarter-final spot against Dromcollogher-Broadford, St Kierans or Ballylanders.
Monaleen have won just two of their four games, losing to Adare and now St Patricks, as they bid to win back-to-back titles for the first time.
And their poor form comes after some closed season additions to their panel with inter-county football star Ger Collins transferring from junior side, Milford and inter-county hurling star Seamus Hickey opting to play football with Monaleen as his club Murroe-Boher only play hurling.
In the other club championship games played over the weekend, Pallasgreen earned a shock win over Adare while Fr Casey’s secured their placy in the knockout stages with a win over Galbally. In the other group, Newcastle West and Ballylanders drew while Drom-Broadford beat Ballysteen and St Kieran’s beat St Senan’s.