Rathkeale (@1.4) vs Gerald Griffins (@3.25)
07-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Rathkeale will win

Rathkeale – Gerald Griffins Match Prediction | 07-09-2019 10:45

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The Limerick squad is as follows: James Bridgeman (St Senans), Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), Ger Collins (Monaleen), Iain Corbett (Newcastle West)(Captain), Bill Creamer (Cappamore), Daniel Daly (Fr Casey), Padraig De Bruin (Firies), Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), Jamie Lee (Newcastle West), Jim Liston (Gerald Griffins), Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Jamie McGarry (Claughaun), Seamus McSweeney (St Senans), Sean McSweeney (St Kierans), Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), James Naughton (St Senans), Danny Neville (Ballysteen), Gareth Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), Seamus O Carroll (Castleknock), Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Michael O Leary (Newcastle West), Donal O Sullivan (Monaleen), Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), Andrew Ruddle (Newcastle West), Ian Ryan (St Senans), Josh Ryan (Oola), Brian Scanlan (Gerald Griffins), Padraig Scanlon (Glin), Sean Seehan (Rathkeale), Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), David Ward David (Fr Caseys), Paul White (Rathkeale).

Gerald Griffins pulled a point back before Eoin Kelly continued his early dominance when he rattled the net on the 24th minute, to leave the score reading 1-05 to 0-2. Final score read Rathkeale 1-15, Gerald Griffins 1-10. Rathkeale, will be fully aware that there are no titles given out just yet, and will continue to work behind the scenes in advance of their upcoming County Final, against Pallasgreen or Galbally, a decider to be decided on Wednesday evening. It was the Rathkeale men who settled the quicker, with Eoin Kelly firing over the bar from play in the opening minute. Congratulations to Rathkeale, who advance to the County Final after they overcame Gerald Griffins in the Semi Final of the Intermediate Championship last Saturday evening in Newcastlewest. Rathkeale continued their good form however and hit two more points before the halftime interval through Shorten and Morrissey, to leave the score reading Rathkeale 1-08, Gerald Griffins 0-04 at the break. Commiserations to Gerald Griffins and best of luck to Rathkeale in the final. Upon the resumption, both sides traded points, Thornton and Noonan for Gerald Griffins and a brace from Shorten before Thornton kicked a brace of his own to leave only 5 points between the sides. With seven minutes remaining, Gerald Griffin gave their support some optimism, when Brouder found the net to reduce the deficit to 3 points. Paul White tagged on a decent point two minutes later, with Eoin ODonnell joining the scoring party when he fired over on the 9th minute. Gerald Griffins responded when M Thornton scored their first of the day, only for Eoin Kelly to score his second point on the 11th minute. Thornton and Andrew White exchanged points before Gerald Griffins hit their 4th point of the evening through McSweeney. Shorten went on to kick two more fine points either side of a Dara Noonan point. Thornton added another point, however Rathkeale regained composure and finished strongly with points from Barry Lenihan, Shane Hourigan and Cian Shorten.

WEST U21 CHAMPIONS

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Pallasgreen provided the opposition last Saturday in Kilmallock, with the East Limerick Club only having pride to play for on the day. Best of luck to all involved. It was the men of Rathkeale that settled the quicker, with Cian Shorten pointing some fantastic points in the opening quarter to leave the half time score reading 0-05 to 0-04 in Rathkeales favour. Having 3rd position in the group standings already secured, Rathkeale were hoping to secure 2nd spot, pending on results elsewhere. Rathkeale advance to the Quarter Finals now and will do battle against Gerald Griffins which is due to be played on Saturday, September 7th at 3.45pm in Newcastlewest. It was nip and tuck again in the second half, with both sides matching each other to share the spoils on a scoreline of 0-10 a piece.

John Hanlon raided up from wing back to get a score also. In the end we ran out winners but it is early days yet. The second half resumed with Senansagain dominating large periods of play however the Senansforwards found their range with scores from Kevin Doody and Martin Fitzgerald. Griffins had their chances too but only managed one score in the 2nd half.

Oliver Wallace made a telling run from half forward and let fly only to strike the woodwork. Wallace and Richard Hayes managed to reel off some fine scores after hard work from Maurice Fitzgerald out the field. Half time Senans3pts Gearld Griffins 5pts. Up top we proved a little rusty with silly wides and balls falling short. Griffins were clinical and took their scores from frees.

INTERMEDIATES BOW OUT

Ian Ryan was called into action to make some timely tackles and repel the griffins on slaughter. The final score was 2-12 to 7 points in a game that was much tighter than the scoreline suggests. Another goal was struck this time again from the boot of Richard Hayes after some hard work out the field from Oliver Wallace and Darragh Woulfe setting Richard away. Richard helped himself to 2-3 in the end however these scoring feats could not have being managed were it not for the tiger like tackles of Daniel Conroy and James Bridgeman ensuring that Griffins were reduced to three scores in the second half. This strength in depth provided us with a platform to build from with James Naughton beginning to link with his forwards scores began to flow. With Anthony Mulvhill having to be replaced at half time due to injury we introduced both Adam Kearns and Ray O Flaherty at the break. In fact we were somewhat wasteful at times with goals going a stray or some fine saves and tackles being made by the Griffins defence. With both sides coming into this game undefeated in championship action this was always going to be a battle. Griffins started brightly making all the run and creating some excellent scores. On Saturday evening the Senans army marched towards the village of Glin where our intermediate side faced near neighbour Gerald Griffins. Stephen O Connell and Dale Fitzgerald also entered the fray to ensure that there would be no let up. A fine effort by Darren Kavanagh ensured that we began to build a lead. Griffins have being undergoing a strong and successful return to intermediate level with Munster club final experience still in the memory. A back to back west title is always welcome this side of the parish however much more work will need to be done as the county championship enters the business end, no doubt these teams could well meet again in 2017. Goals will always win you games and we struck for our first one when some hard running and clever link up play between Oliver and Darren Kavanagh created havoc in the Griffins full back line and Richard Hayes ensured no man would stop his thunderous shot to the net. Ian Ryan as captain accepted the cup on behalf of the team and thanked the West Board the opposition the match officials and most of all the Senans supporters who came to roar us on. We began to find our feet with Anthony Mulvhill and Oliver Wallace coming into the game at half forward. With Griffins rattled and Maurice Fitzgerald winning dirty ball in the middle of the park we pressed on however Griffins now recovering from the goal fought back and always kept the score board ticking over as half time approached it read 1-04 to 4 points in favour of the saints. In the full forward line Seamus McSweeney and Richard Hayes took some well-earned scores with Conor Mullane also proving difficult to marshal. On a lovely warm evening both sides torn into each other in what was a sporting but tough game.

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL Gerald Griffins 0-10 Galbally 1-12 The curtain came down on our intermediate football season for 2017 on Friday night last in Mick Neville Park with defeat to Galbally.

We started brightly with our defence of James Bridgeman and Conor Mullane dominating while on the wings both John Hanlon and Ray Flaherty were solid in both attack and defence. It was an ideal day for a game even if the astro turf was a little new to players. We faced into our first competitive game of 2016 in the west championship against fierce rivals and neighbours Gerald Griffins.