Champions Monaleen need miracle in Limerick SFC

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

BACK-TO-BACK Limerick senior football championship winners Monaleen could crash out of the competition this weekend at the group stages.

BACK-TO-BACK Limerick senior football championship winners Monaleen could crash out of the competition this weekend at the group stages.

While Limerick city division sides Na Piarsaigh, Mungret, Ballybrown and Monaleen are flying high in the hurling championship, the fortunes are mixed in the football championships.

Ahead of the final round of action, it is already confirmed that St Patrick’s will be involved in the relegation play-off.

Indeed they could yet face Monaleen.

The back-to-back champions are still hoping to make a late dash into the quarter-finals but also need to be mindful that relegation trouble could be around the corner if they suffer a third defeat and Ballysteen and St Senan’s win.

On the flip side Monaleen need to be Newcastle West if they are to maintain their bid for a hat-trick of titles. As well as ensuring their own victory, Monaleen must also hope for wins for Dromcollogher-Broadford and Ballysteen in the other games in their group.

The Castletroy based club have found form in the closing stages of the last two championships. This time last season they needed a favourable result from Galbally to see them progress, but on this occasion the mountain could be too steep after just one win and a draw from their four outings to date.

Drom-Broadford play St Senans, while Ballysteen play Ballylanders.

Aside from the clash between St Patricks and Galbally, all other five games take place this Saturday night at 6.15.

Monaleen’s make or break clash with table toppers Newcastle West takes place in the club grounds in Rathkeale. This is a repeat of last season’s county final and its a game that the magpies need to win to ensure they progress directly to the semi-finals as group winners.

In the other group, Fr Caseys are already assured of a semi-final place, as the only side in the competition with a 100% success ratio.

St Kierans will advance to the quarter-final if they beat Adare. The third team from this group in the knockout stages will be Galbally if they overcome St Patricks. A first win of the season won’t be enough to avoid a relegation play-off for the Rhebogue club.