AFTER a two year absence Dromcollogher-Broadford are back on top of the pile in Limerick club football with their sixth title in two years.
And, their latest title win certainly was the most dramatic - emerging 0-12 to 0-10 winners after extra-time in this replay.
Just after 9.15pm last Friday night under the flood-lit skies of the Gaelic Grounds they finally sealed their first title of this decade with two late points from six-time champion Micheal Reidy in the closing minutes of extra time.
As in the drawn game, Newcastle West looked on course for a first title in 20-years until a dramatic late equaliser.
In the first game it was Reidy that forced the replay and on this occasion it was a free from Garrett Noonan that forced the extra time with the game tied 0-7 each.
Even in extra-time there was no dividing the sides with the scoreboard reading 0-9 each at the end of the first 10-minute period.
Sub Ger Cremin looked at have Newcastle West in pole position but Micheal Brosnan equalised and it was Drom-Broadford that called on all their experience to find two late winning scores from Reidy.
SCORERS – Dromcollogher-Broadford: Micheal Reidy 0-6 (2frees), Pat Donnelly 0-3 (3frees), Derry McCarthy, Garrett Noonan (free), Micheal Brosnan 0-1 each. Newcastle West: Thomas Quilligan 0-3 (3frees), Stephen Nix, Michael Quilligan (free), Iain Corbett, Stephen Kelly, Jamie Lee, Paul Hannan, Ger Cremin 0-1 each.
DROMCOLLOGHER-BROADFORD – Keith Noonan; Eoin Barry, Mike Boyce, Cillian Fahy; Garrett Noonan, Dee O’Leary, Gary Egan; Pat Donnelly, Jason Stokes; Tom McLoughlin, Seanue Buckley, Derry McCarthy; Ray Lynch, Micheal Brosnan, Micheal Reidy. Subs: Brian Noonan for Buckley, inj (28mins), Seanie Buckley for Brosnan (57mins), Kevin Noonan for Buckley (e-t), Micheal Brosnan for Fahy (70mins).
NEWCASTLE WEST – John Joe Sheedy; Michael O’Keeffe, Darragh Woods, Michael Dowling; Shaun Browne, Stephen Nix, Sean McAuliffe; Iain Corbett, Mike McMahon; Stephen Kelly, Shay Lyons, Michael Quilligan; Thomas Quilligan, James Kelly, Jamie Lee. Subs: Shane Kelly for Lyons (44mins), Paul Hannan for Dowling (52mins), Brian O’Doherty for McAuliffe (55mins), Ger Cremin for Jame Kelly (58mins), James Kelly for Stephen Kelly (74mins), Shay Lyons for McMahon (75mins), Gavin Reidy for Thomas Quilligan (79mins).
REFEREE – Mike Meade (Ballylanders).
See weekend print edition of the Limerick Leader for full match report and reaction.