Monagea reign supreme in Ladies Football Final

Monagea captain Yvonne Lee accepts the Limerick Ladies Senior Football Championship cup from Chairman PJ Kiely. Photo: Skyview Photography.

FOR an historic third year on the trot, Monagea are the 3Denal Limerick Ladies Senior Football champions.

It follows a merited 2-9 to 0-7 defeat of St Ailbe’s at the Gaelic Grounds.

Martin O’Sullivan’s side were 0-7 to 0-3 in front at half-time, and closing half goals from county pair Deborah Murphy and Catriona Davis closed out the contest.

Monagea were under the inspired captaincy of their full back Yvonne Lee.

In a thrilling curtain raiser, Galtee Gaels bettered Murroe/Boher (3-6 to 2-8), helped greatly by a hat trick of goals from Breda Martin.

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In the men’s Senior Football Championship quarter finals, Fr Casey’s – coached by former Limerick and incoming Clare manager Mark Fitzgerald –  overcame Na Piarsaigh 3-15 to 4-3  while Monaleen defeated Kildimo Pallaskenry (KP) 1-13 to 0-14.

Fr Casey’s led in their tie 1-9 to 1-2 at the interval. Key to the Abbeyfeale victory was a full-forward line contribution of 2-6, courtesy of Sam Quigley (1-2), Dylan Quirke (0-3), and David Ward (1-1). Centre forward Martin Scannell contributed 1-3 to the winners’ cause.

A worry for Fr Casey’s, however, will be the concession of three second-half goals (to Kieran Daly, Gordon Brown, and Dean McLoughlin).

A whopping contribution of eight points from Daniel Daly and an early second half goal by Jack Canny were important in the victory of Monaleen, who had led narrowly (0-7 to 0-6) at the break. County performer Peter Nash (0-8) was at the heart of the praise-worthy performance by KP.

The semi-final pairings are Adare v Fr Casey’s and Newcastle West (holders) v Monaleen.

Both fixtures will be staged at Mick Neville Park the weekend after next, two weeks out from the final at the same venue.

In the relegation final, Ballylanders survived against 14-time winners Claughaun in Cappamore, 1-15 to 1-12. Danny Frewen (0-6) and Stephen Fox (1-2) both impressed for the south outfit

In the Intermediate Football Championship quarter-finals, Rathkeale edged out Galbally (0-8 to 0-7) and Dromcollogher Broadford squeezed past St. Patrick’s 0-9 to 0-8.

Semi-finals will see clashes between Mungret St Paul’s v Rathkeale and St Senan’s v Dromcollogher Broadford.