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Scannell stars as Fr Caseys see off St Senans

Fr Caseys 0-12 St Senans 1-7 Limerick SFC Final A POWERFUL display of point-taking guided Fr Caseys to their eighth Limerick senior football title, and their first since 2000, at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

Leading from start to finish, the West Limerick side endured a nervous finale when county star Conor Mullane goaled for St Senans in the 58th minute to cut the lead to two points.

The victory was sealed with an impressive opening to the second half when Fr Caseys kicked four points.

Just 30 seconds were played after the break when Daniel O'Connor pointed, then Robert Browne and John Lenihan added further points to stretch the lead to six.

Midway through the half, St Senans found their rhythm, but the goal they needed came too late.

Watched by 3,244 people, Fr Caseys held off the St Senans charge with points from O'Connor and Martin Scannell in the 48th and 49th minutes.

Fr Caseys played with a gentle wind in the first half and led 0-5 to 0-2 at the break. The half produced end-to-end football, but Fr Caseys kicked three wides while St Senans kicked four.

Fr Caseys had to wait just 53 seconds to open the scoring when centre-forward Martin Scannell lofted over.

Nine minutes later full-forward Lenihan intercepted a pass and punished St Senans with a fine point.

Scannell then kicked his second point from play.

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St Senans opened their account in the 16th minute through county midfielder Timmy Carroll.

But Scannell responded by putting over his first free. Two minutes from time St Senans got only their second score of the half when defender Andrew Lane kicked over a '45.

SCORERS - Fr Caseys: M Scannell 0-5 (2f), J Lenihan, R Browne, D O'Connor 0-2 each, T Collins 0-1. St Senans: C Mullane 1-1, I Ryan, A Lane (1 '45', 1f) 0-2 each, T Carroll, P Ryan 0-1 each.

FR CASEYS - P Curtin; C McCarthy, K O'Connor, S Lenihan; T Gleeson, P Browne, A Scannell (capt); T Cahill, B Scannell; T Collins, M Scannell, R Browne; J Kelliher, J Lenihan, D O'Connor. Subs: G O'Connor for J Kelliher 53, S McAuliffe for R Browne (59).

ST SENANS - A Russell; T O'Malley, D Fitzgibbon, A Lane; O Sheehy, D Carroll (capt), C Mullane; M Fitzgerald, T Carroll; G Hanlon, M Behan, I Ryan; P Ryan, J Carroll, J Hanlon. Subs: D Foley for G Hanlon 31, D Finnerty for D Fitzgibbon 41, D Kavangh for J Hanlon 50, J Hayes for D Foley 54.

REFEREE - M Ryan (Askeaton).

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