There were wins for Monaleen, Dromcollogher-Broadford and Ballylanders in the Limerick SFC on Wednesday evening.
Champions Drom-Broadford got the better of Galbally on a scoreline of 1-15 to 3-5, Monaleen beat neighbours St Patrick’s by 0-16 to 2-7 while Ballylanders had a 1-10 to 1-5 win over Fr Casey’s.
Drom-Broadford took a giant step towards making the knock-out stages of the Irish Wire Products Limerick SFC, thanks to a hard-earned four-point victory over Galbally at Kilmallock last night.
The winners produced an impressive final quarter display, outscoring their opponents 1-5 to 0-1, to record their third win of the campaign. The goal came courtesy of Killian Phair in the 45th minute, following good work by Seanie Buckley and Ray Lynch, while midfielder Buckley and Micheal Reidy also added crucial late points.
Galbally - with Limerick hurler James Ryan excelling at centre half back just three days after the crushing All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Clare - had threatened an upset early in the second half.
When corner forward Darren Sheedy struck for the second of his two goals, Galbally had eased into a three point lead, 3-4 to 0-10.
Drom-Broadford had led 0-9 to 2-2 at half-time in an entertaining game, with Patrick Murphy bagging Galbally’s opening goal. Despite the defeat, Galbally remain in contention to secure a quarter-final spot as they sit on three points with two rounds of games to go.
In Claughaun, Ger Collins inspired Monaleen to a three-point win over St Patrick’s. The Rhebogue club have had a good record against Monaleen in recent years but on this occasion Monaleen proved too good. Ger Collins hit nine points (four from play) as St Pat’s relied on two penalties from Eoin Hanrahan to keep in touch.
Monaleen were 0-6 to 1-2 up at the break after playing against the slight breeze. St Pat’s had plenty of chances in the opening half but a missed goal chance along with a couple of bad wides ensured Monaleen went in at the break one point in front. Monaleen were also guilty of wasting opportunities with Eoin Keating crashing a penalty off the crossbar.
Monaleen stretched 0-13 to 1-5 clear midway through the second half but another Hanrahan penalty and a free from John Mullane reduced the gap to one with six remaining.
But Monaleen refused to panic and late points from Collins, Graham O’Connell and Paul Kinnerk saw them pull through.
In the other game on Wednesday night, Ballylanders as good as booked their place in the knockout stages with a five-point win over a Fr Casey’s side that are now almost certainly out of contention following three losses in row.
Ballylanders led 0-7 to 1-2 at the break and held on for a deserved win in the second half.
The fourth round of games takes place this weekend - when it should become fully clear who’ll be advancing to the knockout stages.
St Kieran’s, Newcastle West and Monaleen are unlikely to be caught in Group 1 while Drom-Broadford and Ballylanders look safe in Group 2 with Ballysteen and Galbally set to fight it for the last place.
Friday, August 23
Newcastle West v St Patrick’s in Askeaton at 6.45pm
Saturday, August 24
Adare v Pallasgreen in Bruff at 6.45pm
Sunday, August 25
Monaleen v St Kierans in the Bog Garden at 6.45pm; Ballylanders v Mountcollins in Feenagh at 5pm; Ballysteen v Dromcollogher/Broadford in Newcastle West at 6.45pm