Ballylanders v Monaleen preview

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Updated: September 15, 2011

An exciting Limerick Senior football Championship continues this weekend as County Champions Monaleen look to march on and defend their title but first must overcome 2007 champions Ballylanders at Bruff, throw in 3.15pm.

No team has a 100 per cent record and Monaleen were in danger of missing out on the knock-out stages narrowly losing to city rivals St. Patricks, last year’s finalists Adare and drawing their last group game against Fr. Caseys. But favourable results elsewhere have insured the reigning champions squeezed through and, like last year, could go all the way to retain their title where they defeated Adare 1-09 to 1-05 to secure their first title in five years.

Ballylanders haven’t fared much better, finishing third, in the group two. Their form has been poor to say the least, drawing two out of the last three games and losing their last group game against Ballysteen. But like Monaleen, somehow managed to qualify for the quarter-final. They may have scored the most points in the group, 77, but have conceded the most, 71, to indicate what a topsy-turvy season they have been having.

This is an intriguing affair with both teams suffering from indifferent form and scraping through despite finishing third in their respective groups. However this is where both teams want to be at the business end of the season and who knows Monaleen might repeat their late arrival of last year and clinch another county title.

Verdict: Monaleen.

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