Limerick Football Final: Adare vs Ballylanders Preview

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It’s a repeat of 2018 in this year’s Limerick SFC Final. Adare and Ballylanders both put in strong semi-final performances to earn their place in the showdown. In fact, both sides have already suffered defeat in the Championship this year. In the last round of the group stages, both sides lost to finish second in the group. However, it was of no consequence and they returned to form in the knockout stages.

2018 and ’17 winners Adare return to the final thanks to a six-point victory over Galbally in the semi-final. The opening score of the game was the only goal as Hughie Bourke gave Adare an early boost. They kicked on from there and it was 1-07 to just 0-01 at the interval. Back-to-back black cards meant Adare played much of the second half a man down. But, Galbally needed a goal that never came. Despite kicking five out of six scores to reel in the deficit, Adare had the strength to see the game with room to spare.

On the other hand, Ballylanders are back in the final for the first time since 2014. Their semi-final against Ballysteen was a much tighter affair. Leading just 0-05 to 0-04 at half time, a goal was going to be a massive contribution to either time. Then, twenty minutes into the second half, Danny Frewen got one for Ballylanders. They managed the game in the final few minutes and had their own six-point victory at full time.

When the sides met in the 2018 final, Adare won by 1-13 to 0-12. With that in mind, Ballylanders will be ready to avenge their defeat. Memories of their 2014 win are not that old and it could be a valuable asset when the game needs a cool head. But Adare are undoubtedly the more experienced here and will try to control the game.

Paddy Power put Adare at 1/3 favourites. In contrast, Ballylanders are 3/1 and a draw is 8/1. LimerickGAA TV are offering a live stream.

Paths to the Final

Adare: 3-14 vs 1-4 Na Piarsaigh; 0-12 vs 0-17 Fr. Casey’s; 1-13 vs 0-11 Newcastle West (Quarter-final); 1-11 vs 0-08 Galbally (Semi-final).

Ballylanders: 1-16 vs 0-09 Galtee Gaels; 0-08 vs 2-08 Oola; 1-08 vs 0-09 Monaleen (Quarter-final); 1-12 vs 0-09 Ballysteen (Semi-final).

Limerick SFC Final: Adare vs Ballylanders, Sunday 4th October, 2pm (LIT Gaelic Grounds).

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