ROUND Two of the Limerick SFC took place last weekend with three sides continuing their winning start to teh championship.
After two rounds of the five group games, Newcastle West, St Patricks and Ballysteen all have two wins from two outings.
LeaderSport selects it’s Team of the Week on the back of performances in just the club games.
1. Brendan Donnelly (Na Piarsaigh)
Although the city side were beaten by seven points by Newcastle West Donnelly was at his best to deny Mike Quilligan a chance for a goal early in the second half. His kickouts were also a strong point for Na Piarsaigh, finding William O’Donoghue time after time.
2. Shaun Browne (Newcastle West)
The new system that Newcastle West have adopted this season sees Stephen Kelly sit as extra cover in the half back line. But regardless the corner back remains as tight marking as ever and assured with ball in hand as Newcastle West attempt to counter attack with pace.
3. Kevin O’Connor (Fr Caseys)
There is hardly a more familiar sight to Fr Caseys football at present than the stride forward from the full back line of O’Connor. Strong in all 50-50 challenges, O’Connor’s experience is vital to the Abbeyfeale men, especially in the absence of Paudie Browne.
4. Stephen Walsh (Ballylanders)
Especially when all was not going according to plan in the opening half against Monaleen, the inter-county hurler was a rock of strength for Ballylanders. When someone needed to step forward to drive at Monaleen, Walsh carried ball from defence to set up a number of Ballylanders scores.
5. Anthony Ryan (Ballysteen)
Ballysteen eased over the winning line against St Kierans but when the game was competitive the tigerish non-stop tackling and clearing of Ryan was key to his side gaining momentum and an upperhand.
6. Donal Kelly (Ballylanders)
He alternated between wing back and centre back and especially in the second half he put his body on the line to ensure Monaleen lost their momentum. Bally trailed by four points but then denied Monaleen a score for over 20-minutes to snatch a late victory.
7. Keelan Stephenson (St Patricks)
Shoed all his attacking flair in the opening half when St Patricks dominated Drom-Broadford but then was in defensive mode in the second period but still managed to creep forward for one key point.
8. Robert Browne (Fr Caseys)
He may line out at corner back for Limerick but Browne finished against Adare with three points from play and three from frees and all that from midfield. On the ball he offered a continuous link between defence and attack.
9. Shane Gallagher (Ballysteen)
With inter-county men Pakie Moran and Pa Ranahan in the spine of defence Gallagher revelled in his midfield role. Played a huge part in gaining the initiative for Ballysteen and ensured possession for their attack.
10 Eoin Hanrahan (St Patricks)
The city side have displayed great attacking flair so far and Hanrahan is central to most. From play and from frees he remains accurate and on top of that is winning primary possession and displaying a creative eye for others.
11. Jimmy Barry Murphy (Ballylanders)
Although they lost in round one it was Murphy that attempted to kick-start his side. This time round again the captain was key, especially with first half frees to keep his side in touch when Monaleen were sparkling. In the second half displayed the urgency his team needed to get a late dramatic win.
12. Declan Nash (Ballsyteen)
His younger brother Peter may be gaining the headlines with Limerick, but Declan was a trump card for Ballsteen with a return of 1-2 in their win over St Kierans. On top of his scoring return, he worked tirelessly as a link-man and troubled the St Kierans attack when running at them.
13. Thomas Quilligan (Newcastle West)
The only player to be selected in the week one and week two Teams of the Week. A hugely important figure in the Newcastle West attack so far. With the system they have adopted so much is expected of the attack and Quilligan has showed a great eye for scores but also his ability to find space is key.
14. Derry O’Connor (Fr Caseys)
Now back in the inter-county fold, O’Connor showed good sharpness to kick two points. Was also a key figure in creating the goal in their 1-11 to 0-5 win over Adare.
15. John Mullane (St Patricks)
Mullane was curtailed by injury for much of last year but has shown so far in 2015 how important he is to St Patricks. From play and from frees he has been razor sharp. Finished with 0-6 in the tight win over Drom-Broadford.