Collins stars as Monaleen beat Drom-Broadford in Limerick SFC Final

Monaleen player Paul Kinnerk and coach Ricky Roynane with the Limerick SFC trophy (Photo Credit: Monaleen GAA Twitter)

Monaleen are Limerick Senior Football champions for 2016 after they beat Drom-Broadford 2-14 to 1-11 in Saturday’s final at the Gaelic Grounds.

Muris Gavin’s side were deserved victors in what was a top quality game of football throughout the 60 minutes.

Ger Collins top scored for Monaleen with six points, five of which came from play. Midfielder Barry Fitzpatrick was also mightily impressive for the city side who won their first county football title since 2011.

Drom-Broadford tried everything to get back into a game that saw them five points down when John Scully blew for half time.

Micheal Reidy and Niall Conway’s side tried gallantly to comeback in the final 10 minutes but Monaleen held out and two outstanding individual scores from Collins sealed the title.

Monaleen started the quicker of the sides and went into a three-point lead with two Graham O’Connell points and a fine effort by Fitzpatrick.

Drom-Broadford were quickly back in the game thanks to a goal from Kevin Noonan. Derry McCarthy’s shot dropped short and Noonan got in ahead of the defence to fist past Donal O’Sullivan.

Gavin’s side didn’t panic after conceding the goal with Collins’ first point and then netted a goal of their own thanks to a superb effort from Shane Cusack.

A break from Brian O’Donovan opened up the Drom defence and Cusack brilliantly finished when he arrived at pace to take a pass from the corner forward.

Monaleen added a second goal in the 22nd minute when corner back Colm Moran came in from the left wing and made his way past several defenders before bundling a shot past Drom keeper Daniel Gayer.

Moran’s goal put Monaleen five points up and they held that lead until half time to go in 2-7 to 1-5 in front.

Monaleen adopted a more defensive outlook in the second half but Drom cut the deficit back to three points as the game entered the final 10 minutes.

Collins then scored the first of two outstanding points in the closing stages that gave Monaleen their fifth title of the millennium.

Post match celebrations from the Monaleen Dressing room

Scorers: Monaleen: Ger Collins 0-6 (one free), Shane Cusack, Colm Moran 1-0 each, Barry Fitzpatrick, Graham O’Connell (two frees) 0-3 each, Luke Kavanagh, Brian O’Donovan 0-1 each; Drom-Broadford: Kevin Noonan 1-4 (one free), Pat Donnelly 0-2 (two frees), Paul Madigan (one free), Derry McCarthy, Micheal Brosnan, Ray Lynch, Garrett Noonan (’45) 0-1 each.

MONALEEN: Donal O’Sullivan; Colm Moran, John O’Dwyer, Richie Murray; Padraig Quinn, Jack Hoare, Shane Cusack; Barry Fitzpatrick, Ross McGrath; Daniel Enright, Luke Kavanagh, Ed Doyle; Brian O’Donovan, Ger Collins, Graham O’Connell; Subs: Tony Barry for Cusack (15 mins inj), Paul Kinnerk for McGrath (50 mins), Finabrr Nash for Murray, Evan Quinlan for Barry (both 53 mins), Niall Loughran for O’Connell (63 mins).

DROM-BROADFORD: Daniel Gayer; Sean O’Sullivan, Dee O’Leary, Bryan Hannigan; Gary Egan, Garrett Noonan, Brian Noonan; John O’Gorman, Jason Stokes; Micheal Brosnan, Derry McCarthy; Paul Madigan, Gerard O’Gorman, Kevin Noonan; Subs: Cillian Fahy for Donnelly (34 mins), Ray Lynch for O’Sullivan (38 mins), Michael O’Sullivan for J O’Gorman (45 mins), Killian Phair for McCarthy (50 mins), Micheal Reidy for G O’Gorman (55 mins).

REFEREE: John Scully (Galbally)

MAN OF THE MATCH: Ger Collins (Monaleen)

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