The champions assured victory in the 46th minute with a goal from Seanie Buckley but hit 14 wides altogether.
Monaleen, backed by the strong wind in the opening period, went in 1-3 to 1-2 in arrears.
The winners’ three-man midfield of Jason Stokes, Declan O’Leary and Pat Donnelly proved too hot for Monaleen’s Alan Kitson and Barry Fitzpatrick to handle.
Garreth Noonan and Pat Donnelly fired over points inside four minutes to set the trend and Monaleen were still trying to get their act together when Michael Reidy beat ’keeper Paddy O’Halloran to make life more comfortable at 1-2 to 0-0.
Eventually, Maurice Horan got the city side off the mark and, restricting their opponents to a further point, they felt they were in contention after a 27th minute goal from Horan, followed by a point from Muiris Gavin. At the break the game was delicately poised at 1-3 to 1-2.
It got even better for Monaleen when Gavin put them in front for the first time. Their lead was short lived though, as Drom-Broadford upped the tempo. Reidy and Neil Conway turned the tide and Buckley’s goal was the killer blow.
: Drom-Broadford; M. Reidy 1-4, S. Buckley 1-1, G. Noonan 0-2, N. Conway, T. McLoughlin, P. Donnelly 0-1 each. Monaleen: M. Gavin 0-5, M. Horan 1-1.
: E. Scollard; M. Boyce, T. Stack, M. Clancy, D. O’Connor, T. McLoughlin, N. Conway; J. Stokes, D. O’Leary; G. Noonan, S. Buckley, P. Donnelly, C. Curtin, M. Reidy, R. Lynch. Subs. B. Noonan for O’Leary.
: P. O’Halloran; D. Bourke, J. Cormican, D. McCauley, F. Melody, B. Geary, M. Cummins; B. Fitzpatrick, A. Kitson; JP Stokes, M. Gavin, M. Horan, J. O’Brien, E. Keating, P. Russell. Subs. J. Marsh for Cummins, F. Kinsey for Keating, P. Kennerk for Russell, A. McEntee for O’Brien.
: Michael Meade (Ballylanders)
ST SENAN’S, promoted from intermediate grade last season, gave a far more experienced Newcastle West the fright of their lives in a lacklustre Limerick SFC semi-final at Askeaton yesterday.
In fact, they were looking good for a meeting with Drom Broadford in the decider at the Gaelic Grounds next month after 50 minutes, when they led 0-4 to 0-3, and it was only then that the Magpies got down to serious business with a late scoring burst.
Declan Brouder squared the match and former Ireland youths rugby international Conor Fitzgerald gave Newcastle a lifeline with a smash and grab goal.
Still, St Senan’s refused to capitulate and Paul Ryan and Andrew Lane left them just one point in arrears with minutes left.
They took their eye off the ball momentarily, allowing Sean Cronin to hit the decisive goal for Newcastle.
: Newcastle West: S. Cronin 1-1, C. Fitzgerald 1-0, D. Brouder 0-2, S. Kelly 0-1
: A. Lane, P. Ryan 0-2 each, T. Carroll, D. Foley 0-1 each
: J. Lee; T. Kelly, S. Barrett, K. Lenihan, D. O’Connell, P. Fitzgerald, A. O’Connor; J. Lenihan, C. Fitzgerald; Shane Kelly, Stephen Kelly, S. Lyons, D. Brouder, P. Fitzgerald, S. Cronin.
: A. Russell; S. Moroney, T. Cummins, T. O’Malley, D. Carroll, C. Mullane, A. Lane; T. Carroll, M. Behan; G. Hanlon, D. Foley, M. Fitzgerald, P. Ryan, J. Carroll, J. Hanlon.
: M. Mann (Ballybrown).