FINAL PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 4-7 St Brendan's College 1-6
ST BRENDAN'S College greatest concern coming into this O'Sullivan Cup final replay was that they might suffer for their indescretions in the drawn game a week earlier and the Killarney school will only be left to rue what might have been as they were roundly beaten by defending champions Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne at the second time of asking.
Over 80 minutes of football failed to separate these two schools the previous week in their drawn game under lights at Austin Stack Park, but the signs were ominous for The Sem straight from the throw-in at Strand Road in Tralee last Wednesday afternoon.
Without the services of the suspended defender Damien Lyne and the lively forward Conor Keane, the fear was that St Brendans would struggle against the defending champions who disappointingly underperformed in the first match.
Improvement was needed from the Dingle school and they got it straight away as Cathal O Bambaire rattled the St Brendans net in the opening minutes to give PS Chorcha Dhuibhne a tonic start.
A brace of points each from Pol Breathnach and Tom O Suilleabhain, and another from Maitiu O Flatharta had the champions eight points clear before St Brendans had a meaningful attack.
They eventually found the target through Gavin Kelly but PS Chorcha Dhuibhne still held a commanding 1-6 to 0o-2 lead at half time, with St Brendans really missing the attacking options Keane offered them in the drawn match.
The second half took of an air of inevitability about the outcome, with the Killarney team struggling to find any real momentum or challenge, as the Dingle school settled into a containing game.
Nevertheless, there was enough class and appetite in the champions for them to rattle off three more goals - from Tomas O Se, Tom O Suilleabhain and Micheal O Caomhanaigh - the final one a particularly well executed move and score.
St Brendans never gave up the fight, even if they were comprehensively outplayed, and Laurence Byrnes' goal added a note of respectability to the final scoreline, but there was little doubt that the reiging champions were well worth their win and they will face into the Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-finals in January with confidence. PS CHORCHA DHUIBHNE: D O Conchuir, B O Beaglaoich, C O Luing, C O Suilleabhain, M O Flatharta (0-1), P O Conchuir, M O Conchuir, P O Dubhain, C Breathnach, C O Muirthuile, P Breathnach (0-2), T O Suilleabhain (1-2, 0-1f), S O Muircheartaigh (0-2f), T O Se (1-0), C O Bambaire (1-0). Subs used: S O hUallachain, M O Caomhanaigh (0-1), T De Brun, C O Geibheannaigh. ST BRENDAN'S COLLEGE: A O'Connor, D Galvin, B Lynch, P Casey, M O'Shea, J McCarrick, D Rice, K Murphy, J O'Neill, M Burns (0-1), K Teahen, R O'Riordan, G Kelly (0-3, 2f), J Cahill, J Kiely. Subs used: L Byrnes (1-0), T Brosnan (0-2), A Moriarty. REFREEE: T McCarthy (Desmonds)