Limerick GAA Roundup - Ballysteen and Drom-Broadford book semi spots

THE Limerick senior football championship title is heading west in 2012 after a two year stay in the city with Monaleen as all four semi-finalists are from the West Division.

THE Limerick senior football championship title is heading west in 2012 after a two year stay in the city with Monaleen as all four semi-finalists are from the West Division.

The semi-finals will take place on the weekend of September 21/22. Top billing will go to the clash of Dromcollogher-Broadford and Fr Caseys of Abbeyfeale in a repeat of the 2009 county final. The other semi-final will see last year’s beaten finalists Newcastle West play surprise packets, Ballysteen.

Dromcollogher-Broadford books their place in the last four with a 2-13 to 1-11 win over Galbally in Bruff on Saturday evening.

Patrick Murphy was the Galbally hero in the opening half with 1-2 for the south Limerick side.

On the change of ends, Drom-Broadford went ahead for the first time in the with the first of four superb second half points from Seanie Buckley.

Then in the 12th minute they got a lucky goal when Tom McLoughlin’s shot dropped into the net. The win was confirmed when Micheal Reidy scored their second goal from the penalty spot in the 55th minute.

In Mick Neville Park, Ballysteen, minus the services of inter-county man Pa Ranahan, beat St Kierans 0-19 to 2-10. A succession of points at the start of either half saw the underdogs prevail with Declan Nash kicking five points, and both Danny Neville and Brendan Hayes accounting for four points each.

The sides were level 0-6 to 1-3 at half time with Darragh Treacy scoring the St Kierans goal. Ballysteen then opened another big lead in the opening minutes of the second half until Anthony Molyneaux goaled from the penalty spot for St Kierans. But although the lead was cut to a single point, Ballysteen finished the stronger to advance.

Meanwhile, in the Limerick intermediate football championship table-toppers Claughaun will play St Marys Sean Finns in the semi-final.

The Rathkeale side were 1-14 to 2-8 winners over last season’s beaten finalists Oola in their quarter-final tie on Saturday. Inter-county attacker Eoghan O’Connor goaled to help the winners into a 1-10 to 0-3 half time lead. But Oola fought back in the second half but four points from soccer star Keith Hartnett helped the Rathkeale side to hold onto their lead. In the other Limerick IFC semi-final, Na Piarsaigh will play Pallasgreen. Pallasgreen beat Bruff last evening in Hospital, 3-7 to 2-5.

Elsewhere in the Limerick intermediate hurling championship semi-finals., neighbours Mungret and Ballybrown have been drawn to play eachother, with Killeedy playing Dromin-Athlacca in the other semi-final. Both Killeedy and Dromin-Athlacca came through their quarter-final replays in Kilmallock on Saturday. Killeedy ran out 3-12 to 1-13 winners over Cappamore, with full-forward James Fitzmaurice scoring two goals. Dromin-Athlacca beat Monaleen 2-10 to 1-8 in the other quarter-final replay.