THE first of the Limerick SFC quarter finals takes place this Friday evening (7.30) in Rathkeale’s Mick Neville Park with Newcastle West and Dromcollogher-Broadford meeting in a repeat of the 2015 county final.
Champions Newcastle West were 2-10 to 0-9 winners in that county final in Kilmallock.
Last month the sides met in the 2016 All County Senior Football League final – Newcastle West again winners, this time 2-5 to 0-5.
Managed by 2012 Donegal All Ireland SFC winner Antoin McFadden champions Newcastle West have reached the knockout stages with three wins, one draw and one defeat. Continuing to adopt an ultra defensive style of football they have scored just three goals in the five games but have only conceded a total of 5-34.
The 2015 Limerick SFC final and the 2016 ACFL final show that Drom-Broadford have failed to find a goal in either game against teh magpies and it appears this will have to change if they to dethrone the champions and book a semi final spot against Na Piarsaigh.
Drom-Broadford are playing in their 17th successive knockout stage in the senior championship. Since winning promotion from the intermediate in 1999 ranks they have been crowned senior champions on seven occasions – last in 2013.
They have two wins, two defeats and one draw in the group stages.
Inter-county men Seanie Buckley and Cillian Fahy remain on the injured list for a side managed jointly by player-manager Micheal Reidy and Neil Conway.