Drom/Broadford (@1.36) vs St Senans (@3.5)

Our Prediction:

Drom/Broadford will win

Drom/Broadford – St Senans Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 10:00

With a full squad they are a match for anyone with their quick and direct style of play. Oola exceeded expectations last summer after reaching the quarter final stage against all odds. Open their campaign against Fr Caseys in what they will look at as a must win. Another side hampered by players attempting to juggle intercounty hurling with club football.

While Eoin McSweeney in the half back line raided up the field to help set up some wonderful scores. As the first half wore on we dominated the game with a slight cross field breeze favouring us, a long ball into Richard Hayes resulted in him showing his strength to hold onto the ball and fend off his man to sneak a shot which went goal bound and into the net. Seamus McSweeny began to influence the game also and won many breaking ball with the direct running of Brandon Murphy also causing much trouble to the Drom rear guard. With over six of our starting team involved with our intermediate side this 21s side bring a vast amount of experience to the game while we also have many minors who are also stepping up this grade. In defence we proved teak tough with James Bridgeman Daniel Conroy and Noeillie Griffin all ensuring scores were kept to a minimum. We started brightly with points from Richard Hayes with good work from James Naughton and Steven O Connell in the middle of the field. Half time score read 1-7 to 3 in favour of the saints. Our under 21s faced in round 2 of the championship last Saturday evening when the faced Drom Broadford in Knockaderry with both adults teams suffering defeat at both county final stages in senior and intermediate respectively this was a chance for the youth of both sides to stake a claim for silverware and banish any bad vibes.

At least seven players were involved in the build-up. It took 12 minutes before Garrett Noonan got Drom-Broadfords first point of the second half, by which stage Mike Quilligan had three points for Newcastle West. Drom-Broadford had a brace from Derry McCarthy to edge a point in front until Kelly had his second goal five minutes from the end. There was never much between the sides and they were level three times in the first half, at the end of which favourites Drom-Broadford led by a point, 0-8 to 1-4. Kellys goal came after 16 minutes to put his side 1-4 to 0-4 in front.

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Again, however, Newcastle West seemed to turn off the tap and had the Drom attack brought their shooting boots, the next 10 minutes would have seen the game well and truly over. Into the second-half and again Newcastle West started well, three Michael Quilligan points in the first nine minutes regaining the initiative, Drom-Broadford again struggling to contain the youthful zest of their big-town rivals. Three points Drom scored, the first an absolute cracker from wing-back Gareth Noonan, the impressive Derry McCarthy and captain Patrick Donnelly with the others; five wides though, one worse than the next, which meant this was still anyones game.

A strong and abrasive team, well capable of putting up a big score, no one will be looking forward to facing Pats. St Patricks will be disappointed to have not made it out of the groups stages last time out after reaching the semi final stage in 2016. In a very similar group this time around, they will be expecting to reach the knock-out stages where they are a threat to all.

Well have to come back here four or five steps higher the next day. And Drom-Broadford manager Mikey Fahys reaction? They were doing piles of damage but for some reason we stopped kicking them the ball it beggars belief but these things happen. He continued: We started well but our forward line is like any other forward line, if they get good ball they will hurt you.

Although they couldnt make it out of a similar group last time out, they will be confident of reaching the knockout stages in 2018. Blend a mix of lovely footballers with a tough, hard-hitting men ready for battle. Johnny McCarthys retirement from Intercounty duties may be a blessing for the men from the west as they look to add to their collection of three county titles.


With exit from the competition facing Drom Broadford we always expected a bank lash and it came from the off with some well taken long range scores. As Drom began to run directly at us, our defence had to be teak tough and this was shown by a monster shoulder from Daniel Conroy with the Drom player doing well to hold onto the ball he met an immovable force in Conroy whose strength ensured the opposition player would progress no further. Well done to the team and to the management team. They now face Athea/Mountcollins with the final fixed for this weekend however we await confirmation of this. As their confidence grew Richard Hayes then stepped up to get us back scoring in the second half with Eoin Tucker also causing some trouble the in Drom defence. Again perhaps we were a little wasteful with our shooting but this shows the high standard that was set in the first half. As the game entered the later stages we perhaps began to let our tight grip on the game slip with Drom pouncing on a mistake to score a goal of their own and tag on some points, however our men regrouped and showed great maturity to close out the game and book a place in a West final their second in as many years.

Derry McCarthy narrowed the margin to just a point in the 58th minute with his third point but then, in injury-time, the golden opportunity came for Newcastle West an inviting cross-cum-lob by James Kelly for sub Paul Hannon to simply fist to the net. In the 54th minute, and for the third time, the pendulum again swung the way of Newcastle West, and again it was the burly James Kelly doing the damage, on the end of a fine move involving James Lee and Thomas Quilligan to finish with another powerful blast to the roof of the net at 2-7 to 0-11, just over five minutes remaining, Newcastle Wests first title since 1992 was within their grasp. However, Hannon hesitated, tried to control, Drom keeper Keith Noonan was across like a shot, chance gone, the subsequent 45 also missed.

I fancy Ballysteen to win this one. In the final group 1 game of the weekend St Senan's and Ballysteen meet in a big West derby. This was without doubt the finest game of football we saw last year and i just hope we get the same again this weekend but i very much doubt it. I know Drom Broadford will have been hurting by the defeat last year and will be out to prove a major point this weekend. The other standout game in Round 1 is a repeat of last years Semi Final as Newcastle West and Drom Broadford meet. I fancy them to get one over on Newcastle West.

Ballylanders reached the quarter-finals last time out after finding themselves in the relegation final the previous year. Similar to their opponents, their first game of the group will go a long way in determining their progression through the championship. They will be looking to continue this progress as they still contain a number of the panel from the 2014 County Championship run.


Mayo, Cavan, Tyrone, Roscommon, Galway will join regular participants Cork, Waterford, Clare, Kerry and Tipperary. Martinstown, Mick Neville Park, Ballyleague (Roscommon) and Annaduff (Leitrim) will be the venues for Day 1. This year sees a new look to the U16 tournament with the number of participating teams increased from the tradition eight to 16 and run over two days. Based on results teams will qualify for the Division 1, 2, 3, 4 Cup & Shield Finals to take place on Saturday 27th July.

Saturday's game throws in at 3pm in the Bog Garden, Rathkeale. The Kieran's team will be backboned by a number of members of our senior football panel as well as many of the players whom tasted county championship success in 2016 and 2017 at minor level. Senan's will no doubt be brimming with confidence at present having won the county intermediate football championship and are currently in preparation for the Munster Intermediate club football championship final against Kerry champions An Gaeltacht while Drom/Broadford possess a number of players that won the West Junior 'B' football championship this year and narrowly lost out the county semi-final. St. Saturday's game will no doubt once again be a close encounter as Granagh/Ballingarry are not only the reigning west champions, but they also won the west minor 'B' football championship with this group of players in 2014. Senan's meet Drom/Broadford. The u21 footballers face off against Granagh/Ballingarry this Saturday afternoon in a repeat of the 2016 west u21 'B' championship final. In the second semi-final St. Hopefully the lads can make amends from last season's encounter and book a place in the west final for 2017.