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Limerick SFC round-up: Champions Adare among first round winners

Limerick SFC round-up: Champions Adare among first round winners

Adare's Mikey Lyons

BACK-TO-BACK champions Adare made a winning start to the 2019 Limerick SFC this Saturday.

They were one of five round winners, with Na Piarsaigh to play St Kierans on Tuesday night.

Also gaining wins were Fr Caseys, Ballysteen, Oola and Newcastle West.

Adare were 3-10 to 3-5 winners over Monaleen in a repeat of last year's semi final.

The champions were 2-7 to 1-2 ahead by half time in Clarina with Robbie Bourke and Jack English goals steering them 10-points clear before a goal from an Evan O'Neill steadied Monaleen just before half time.

In the second half, a Charlie McCarthy goal left it 3-10 to 1-4.

Two late Evan O'Neill goals left just five points between the teams at the end.

Ballysteen had a 3-13 to 0-7 win over Ballylanders, who were beaten county finalists last year.

Ballysteen were 3-7 to 0-4 clear by half time in Kilmallock with two goals for Shane Gallagher and one for Danny Neville.

2017 finalists Newcastle West were also big winners - 1-20 to 1-8 over Dromcollogher-Broadford in Tournafulla.

It was 0-9 to 0-4 at half time with AJ O'Connor and Thomas Quilligan among the points.

The winners had 11 different scorers and a Diarmuid Kelly goal had them 1-18 to 0-6 clear inside the final 10-minutes. Derry McCarthy had the Drom-Broadford consolation goal.

In Hospital, Oola had a 5-7 to 0-12 win over last year's intermediate champions Galbally.

Pat Ryan and Mikey O'Brien, both members of John Kiely's Limerick senior hurling panel, lined out with Oola - neither are on the matchday panel for the Allianz Hurling League final. 

Galbally were 0-8 to 1-4 ahead at half time with Mikey O'Brien getting the Oola goal.

The east Limerick men were to score four second half goals to seal the win - a second for O'Brien, and one each for Dubhan O'Grady, Dubhan O'Grady and the impressive Josh Ryan.

Opening the Irish Wire Products Limerick SFC was Friday evening's Fr Caseys and St Senans tie in Mick Neville Park.

The Abbeyfeale men were 2-17 to 1-9 winners.

The winner were 1-11 to 0-4 ahead by the break with Billy Quirke the goal scorer.

Cormac Roche added a second half goal for a side who had Jamie O'Connor finish with five points from play.

The St Senans goal came from Adam Kearns.

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