Violent row tarnishes thrilling Limerick showpiece
Drom-Broadford 0-13 Newcastle West 2-7
An investigation is likely to be held into an incident at the finish of a rip-roaring final at the Gaelic Grounds after Michael Reidy, with a point in stoppage-time, earned a draw for Drom-Broadford.
There was also a mini-fracas involving several players after referee Richard Moloney blew for half-time and there were unsavoury scenes at the end, too, when a spectator is alleged to have run onto the field to remonstrate with Newcastle West's James Kelly who had been sent off for a second yellow card just before full-time.
When these two sides last met in the final eight years ago it also finished in a draw.
James Kelly was the Newcastle West hero, scoring 2-2 of their tally. He was also the central figure in the absorbing contest.
Two minutes before the interval Newcastle West claimed a penalty as Kelly raced through but play was waved on and that led to the half-time protests, as a result of which Kelly was one of two players shown yellow cards.
Then two minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the match Kelly was shown a second yellow. He seemed to be injured en route to leaving the field, which sparked more heated scenes after five minutes of stoppage-time had been played.
There was never much between the sides and they were level three times in the first half, at the end of which favourites Drom-Broadford led by a point, 0-8 to 1-4. Kelly's goal came after 16 minutes to put his side 1-4 to 0-4 in front.
It took 12 minutes before Garrett Noonan got Drom-Broadford's first point of the second half, by which stage Mike Quilligan had three points for Newcastle West.
Drom-Broadford had a brace from Derry McCarthy to edge a point in front until Kelly had his second goal five minutes from the end. At least seven players were involved in the build-up.
Scorers -- Drom-Broadford: M Reidy 0-5 (2f), D McCarthy 0-4 (1f), M Brosnan 0-2, G Noonan, S Buckley 0-1 each. Newcastle West: J Kelly 2-2, M Quilligan 0-4 (3f 1'451), T Quilligan 0-1.
Drom-Broadford -- K Noonan; D O'Leary, T McLoughlin, C Fahy; G Noonan, E Barry, M Boyce; S Buckley, J Stokes; M Brosnan, P Donnelly, D McCarthy; R Lynch, G Egan, M Reidy Sub: B Noonan for O'Leary (23).
Newcastle West -- JJ Sheehy; M O'Keeffe, D Woods, M Dowling; S Browne, S Nix, M McMahon; I Corbett, S Lyons; S McAuliffe, T Quilligan, J Lee; M Quilligan, Stephen Kelly, J Kelly. Subs: B O'Doherty for McAuliffe (27), B O'Sullivan for Dowling (52), P Hannon for Lyons (52), Shane Kelly for Browne (60).
Ref -- R Moloney (Bruff)