Kenmare boys ground down by gritty Granard
U16 'B' BOYS ALL-IRELAND SCHOOLS
Cnoc Mhuire Granard 46 Pobail Scoil Inbhear Kenmare 30
POBAIL Scoil Inbhear of Kenmare could have few complaints after they went down by 16 points to Cnoc Mhuire Granard in the U16 B boys final.
Kenmare had watched their female counterparts claim glory in the girls final earlier in the day, but the double was to prove elusive for the Kerry outfit who were outdone by the speed and intensity of a well-drilled Granard side.
Sean O'Shea got Kenmare off to a splendid start with a nonchalant three from way outside. Russell Brady responded to get Granard off the mark. It was a frenetic affair in the early exchanges, with both sides seeking to establish supremacy. Granard responded well and led 65 mid-way through the quarter. Cathal Granville was exemplary from the line for Kenmare, as the sides continued to swap the lead. A superb effort from Patrick Spillane extended the lead for the Kerry side. A tight quarter finished 13-12 to Kenmare.
Granard responded well at the beginning of the second quarter, Cian Brady and Cathal Lynch helping them to fashion an 18-15 lead. There was a high rate of turnovers throughout the quarter, as both sides battled fiercely to establish supremacy. Neither side was willing to give anything away cheaply and a half-time score line of 20-17 reflected a game that was perfectly poised.
The third quarter began with both teams displaying impressive defensive resilience. Granard began to press Kenmare high up the court and were duly rewarded, as they extended their lead to 10 points with three minutes left.
Kenmare coach Brenda Kenny had it all to do, as her side began to lose touch with a rampant Granard.
The title appeared to be heading back to Longford as the final quarter approached, Granard with a decisive 35-23 lead.
The final quarter became something of a procession for Granard, their vocal support bellowing incessantly as the destination of the title became increasingly inevitable. That title was just reward for a hugely impressive performance.