Courtney class seals title for 'Sem'
St Brendan's 2-20 Tralee Cbs 0-11
Defending champions St Brendan's Killarney showed their class in Saturday's all-Kerry decider at Austin Stack Park as they converted a two-point, half-time lead into a 15-point victory over a tiring Tralee CBS side to claim a 22nd provincial title.
Killarney’s big guns came to the party in the second period with Billy Courtney awesome in the middle, while AFL trialist David Shaw also gave an exhibition of score-taking, firing over four points and scoring the Sem’s first goal in the 36th minute which ended the game as a contest.
To their credit, Tralee CBS matched their more vaunted opponents in the opening half and their inside line of Daire Keane, Gearoid Fitzgerald and Michael Kelliher troubled the St Brendan’s full-back line and, thanks to the free-taking of Kelliher, they trailed by just 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.
However, the Sem’s attack cut loose in the second half with Courtney taking the return pass from Donnchadh O’Sullivan for the second goal in the 44th minute, a rocket into the roof of net.
SCORERS - St Brendan's: D Shaw 1-4, D O'Sullivan 0-7 (4fs); B Courtney 1-1 (1f); M O'Shea, J Griffin 0-2 each; N Donoghue, C Gammell, D Moynihan, B Keane 0-1 each. Tralee CBS: M Kelliher 0-4 (3fs); T O'Connor 0-2, K O'Dwyer, N O'Mahony, T Hoare, D Keane, S Quilter 0-1 each.
ST BRENDAN'S - R Osborne; L McMonagle, C O'Donoghue, S O'Leary; N Donoghue, M Potts, J Griffin; B Courtney, C Gammell; D Moynihan, D O'Sullivan, B Keane; D Shaw, M O'Shea, C Flynn. Subs: M Devlin for Keane, M Harnett for Flynn (44), E Cosgrave for Donohoe (53), M Fitzgerald for Griffin (57), N McCarthy for O'Shea (57), D Brosnan (Firies) for McMonagle (58)
TRALEE CBS - S Foley; B Patterson, T Lynch, J Myers; J Walsh, K Dwyer, N O'Mahony; J O'Connor, T O'Connor; S Donnellan, T Hoare, M Scanlon; D Keane, G Fitzgerald, M Kelliher. Subs: S Quilter for Donnellan (41), A Roche for Scanlon (51), D Fitzmaurice for Kelliher (54), E Greaney for Joe O'Connor (57) and S Hamilton for Hoare (59).
Ref - E Walsh (Rathmore).