A neat strike from Conor Fitzgerald meant that the city side trailed by four points at the break (1-4 to 0-3). But former Mayo player Maurice Horan got them back on track with a well executed goal after 37 minutes.
The west Limerick men pulled ahead with points from Shane Lyons and Lydon, only for Gavin and Owen Keating to cancel those efforts. In a thrilling finale, Brouder and Keating exchanged further goals.
Stephen Kelly gave his side a one point lead before Gavin’s strike.
Monaleen are certain of a semi-final berth with seven points from the League format. Newcastle, with six points, can also advance if they win their last outing.
: Monaleen; O. Keating 1-1, M. Gavin 0-5, M. Horan 1-0, J. Stokes, A. McEntee, 0-1 each. Newcastle West: D. Brouder 1-1, C. Fitzgerald 1-0, S. Kelly 0-4, J. Lydon 0-2, S. Lyons 0-1
: P. O'Halloran; D. Burke, J. Cormican, A. McAuley, F. Melody, M. Cummins, B. Fitzpatrick; A. McEntee, B. Geary; M. Horan, A. Kitson, P. Keating, M. Gavin, O. Keating, J. Stokes.
: J. Lee; T. Kelly, S. Barrett, C. Lenihan, D. O'Connell, P. Fitzgerald, A.O'Connor; J. Lydon, C. Fitzgerald; Shane Kelly, Stephen Kelly, S. Lyons, D. Brouder, P. Fitzgerald, S. O'Doherty.
: H. Ryan (Askeaton).
ST Kieran’s, without their injured marksman Seamus O’Donnell, slipped out of the race for a semi-final spot as Hospital Herbertstown, recorded their first win in the competition.
A Johnny McAuliffe goal after 20 minutes helped the victors to a four point lead (1-2 to 0-1) and they were five points clear at the break, with Bob Fenton finding his range.
Kieran’s, who scored just twice from play over the hour, both from Paul Woulfe, failed to score after the break.
: Hospital Herbertstown; B. Fenton 0-4, J. McAuliffe 1-1, C. O’Donoghue, C. Hickey, D. O’Sullivan 0-1 each. St Kieran’s A. Molyneaux 0-4, P. Woulfe 0-2.
: S. Kelly; M. Fitzgerald, K. Higgins, J. O’Connor, P. Dooley, P. Caffrey, P. Fitzgerald; C.O’Donoghue, A. Burke; B. Fenton, R. O’Donovan, E. Dooley, J. McAuliffe, D. O’Sullivan, C. Hickey.
: T. Quinn; M. Murphy, P. Windle, J. Windle, N. Kelly, J. McCarthy, P. McCarthy; P. Woulfe, T. Guiney; D. Quaid, J. O’Donovan, N. Broderick, A. Liston, L. Flavin, A. Molyneaux.
: E. Phelan (St Patrick's).
ST Senan’s, promoted from intermediate grade last season, turned in a powerful performance to inflict a surprise defeat on Athea on Saturday.
With first half wind advantage Athea were only a point clear (0-8 to 1-4) at the break with John Hanlon hitting the crucial goal after 20 minutes.
Towering midfielders Timmy Carroll and Mike Behan took control for Senan’s on the change of ends and a second goal, from Gerard Hanlon, put them in a very strong position, at 2-6 to 0-9.
Points from Jonathan Mulvihill and Ger Ahern narrowed the gap before Paud Ryan made certain of victory with late points for Senans.
Senans, St Kieran’s and Athea are level on four points each in the table but will be depending on Newcastle west to slip up if they are to continue in the race.
: St. Senan’s: P. Ryan 0-4, J. Hanlon, G Hanlon 1-0 each, D. Foley, A. Lane 0-2 each, T. Carroll 0-1. Athea: D. White 0-4, G. Ahern 0-2, M. Ahern, N. Hunt, J. Mulvihill, J. Collins, M. Reidy 0-1 each.
: D. Russell; S. Moroney, E. Cummins, J. Ryan, T. O'Malley, C. Mullane, A. Lane;T. Carroll, M. Behan; G. Hanlon, D. Foley, M. Sillery, P. Ryan, J. Carroll, J. Hanlon. Subs. D. Carroll for Sillery, Sillery for G. Hanlon.
: T. Enright; J. Mulvihill, J. Vaughan, M. Tierney, S. Ahern, N. Hunt, M. Ahern; P. Ahern, T. Mullane; D. White, J. Collins, G. Ahern, M. Reidy, J. Cotter, B. Ahern. Subs. J. Hunt for S Ahern.
: G. Hough (Monaleen).
Claughaun registered their first win of the season, disposing of Adare by 1-8 to 0-7. That puts them on three points, just one behind both Fr Casey’s and Adare, with Drom Broadford top of the table on six points. There is one series of games remaining.