PS Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10 Tarbert Comprehensive 1-6
RECORDS are there to be broken and West Kerry school Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne have created a record that is very unlikely to be equalled as they completed the domestic Kerry Colleges treble to add to their Munster treble, when beating a gallant Tarbert CS on Wednesday in the Russell Cup Final replay, played at the Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
It is difficult to take in the enormity of what Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne has actually achieved, completing the Kerry/munster double at U-15 level, U-16 1/2 and senior level and in the process bringing back six trophies to Dingle in the one academic year.
Russell and Moran Cup team manager Kieran Moran, who has also coached at all the other age groups, is over the moon with what the school has achieved but he is not for taking any of the accolades himself.
"Everybody is on high with what has been achieved. There is certain cross over between the teams, some of the lads in this Russell Cup team have been involved with the Frewen side and a lot of the Frewen side have been involved at Corn Ui Mhuiri level. They say a rising tide will lift all boats so the school is just on a complete high right now," Moran said. "Life is great in the school right now, the form is good and they are taking back to their clubs as well which is great. Its something you could dream about and it might never happen. But to complete this remarkable feat requires a lot of luck as well talent and we had both in abundance.
"We have great coaches and the man who started it all off was the late Liam Higgins, and I am certain, he was directing matters today because anywhere there are two fellows kicking a ball in West Kerry, Higgins is there."
On winning the Russell Cup, Moran felt that they had learnt a lot from the first game and the lessons learnt were put into action by the players.
"We are delighted with (this) win, but the lesson that we learnt from the last day was that (Tarbert's) wings backs, and in particular Kieran Lynch, were doing untold damage by joining their attack and indeed Lynch was their top scorer, I think. So we curtailed his runs and that did us no harm at all.
"Once that scoring threat was taken away it meant that we curtailed their scoring threat, particularly in the second half when Mairtin O Gormain went on him. While we might not be blessed with an awful lot of size, the players have tremendous football ability and I think they proved that again today."
Tarbert wing back Kieran Lynch got the opening score of the contest, but Chorca Dhuibhne's reply was swift and deadly. Full forward Liam O Brosnachain got touch to a high Gareth O Brosnachain centre and it ended up in the Tarbert net, giving the West Kerry side a lead they held.
Tarbert did not help their cause when Darragh Sheehy saw his penalty attempt being saved by his namesake Cathal Mac an tsithigh, and despite Colin Enright points that levelled the contest, that was as good as it got for Tarbert.
Chorca Dhuibhne upped the tempo, with Conchuir O Geibheannaigh finishing a great move to the Tarbert net in typical Geaney fashion. And when he added three pointed frees along with a Liam O Brosnachain point, Chorca Dhuibhne led 2-4 to 0-4 at the interval and there appeared no way back for Shannonsiders.
Tarbert got a brief boost when Darragh Sheehy's free came back off the post and Jack Foley buried it in the net but again Chorca Dhuibhne responded with a Liam O Brosnachain point and Tarbert could never pierce a solid rearguard inspired by Mairtin O Gormain and man of the match Marc O Conchuir.
O Brosnachain and Sean O Bambaire added points as PS Chorca Dhuibhne claimed trophy number six and Kerry Colleges Chairman Fergus Clifford presented the famous cup, named after Kerry footballing great Paul Russell, to the victorious captain Marc O Conchuir.
PS CHORCA DHUIBHNE: Cathal Mac an tsithigh, Tomas O Suilleabhain, Cian O Murchu, Tomas Breathnach, Mairtin O Gormain, Marc O Conchuir, Aodain O Conchuir, Sean O Catháin, PJ Mac Láimh, Sean O Bambaire (0-1), Gareth O Brosnachain (0-1), Padraig Mac an tsithigh (0-1), Tomas Mac an tsithigh, Liam O Brosnachain (1-4, 3f), Conchuir O Geibheannaigh (1-3, 3f). TARBERT COMPREHENSIVE: Calum Finnegan, Kieran O'connell, Jason Foley, Joey Lynch, Kieran Lynch (0-1), Martin Mcsweeney, Dara Keane, Brian O Seanachain, Cormac Linnane, Michael Foley, Darragh Sheehy (02, 2f), John Wallace, Dale Mulvihill, Jack Foley (1-1), Colin Enright (02). Subs: Tadhg Mcellistrim, Ciaran O'connor, Jack O'connor REFEREE: Paul Hayes (O'rahillys)