Mungret and Drom-Broadford do battle for Limerick IFC title :
By John Keogh Limerick Leader Sport
THE GRIFFINS Coaches Limerick intermediate football final between Mungret St Paul’s and Dromcollogher-Broadford is set to be decided this afternoon in Askeaton.
Coach for Mungret-St Paul’s intermediate team, Kevin O’Hagan, says this year has ‘gone above the expectations and dreams anyone could have thought of.’
Speaking the launch of the Limerick football finals O’Hagan added: “This is our first year in a final in a long time. We would have gotten to quarter-finals regularly and we would have done well in the league, but over the years we just haven’t performed when we had to but this year the difference is the youth.
“We have a lot of young players coming up through the success of some of our underage teams and they are starting to filter into the intermediate team now between the hurling and football, so we are hoping to right the wrongs of years gone by on Saturday against Drom-Broadford.”
Mungret St Paul’s have been extremely impressive throughout their championship campaign and between league, challenge matches and remaining fixtures, the team has played 21 games in total this year giving them stellar focus going into this intermediate final.
With Mungret St Paul’s hoping to capture the intermediate title after a 20 year drought, Dromcollogher-Broadford will be hoping to reverse the results of last year’s final where they lost out to Na Piarsaigh. Captain of the Dromcollogher-Broadford team Sean O’Sullivan said the team want to ‘ease the hurt’ of last year’s defeat.
“On the day Na Piarsaigh definitely deserved it last year, but there was still only a kick of a ball in it and we got huge learnings from that.
“I think this year every game we have come on a lot and we are hoping come Saturday that we can right the wrongs of last year’s final.”
Mungret-St Paul’s and Dromcollogher-Broadford have already met in this year’s championship with Mungret coming out on top on a 1-13 to 0-8 scoreline.
Looking back on that fixture, O’Sullivan said: “It was the first round of championship and they were superior to us on the day and we have huge respect for them.
“On the day it felt like a lot more than an eight point defeat, but since then though we have won every championship game and it makes us even more eager to beat them this time around, we just need to up it now at the weekend. We are just hoping that Drom-Broadford will be in senior next year.”
The game has a 2pm start in the west Limerick venue and is being live streamed by Limerick GAA.