Shaw goal sends Brendan's on their way
St Brendan's 2-14 St Flannan's 0-5
Munster record holders St Brendan's College Killarney maintained their bid for a 21st SFC title in Rathkeale on Saturday with a convincing victory over St Flannan's.
After knocking out Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne last time out, the Killarney school's perfect run was never in doubt. They built up a 2-9 to 0-1 interval advantage including a run of 1-8 without reply, with a David Shaw goal at the end of the first quarter.
St Flannan's got off the mark through a Darragh Duggan free in the 26th minute, but it was only a brief reprieve as their Kerry opponents would receive the ideal boost going into the dressing room, with Mikey Casey finishing off a flowing move to find the net.
Lee O'Donoghue ensured that there would be no way back for St Flannan's as he converted the opening three points of the new half. And while Tom Hannan, Conor Lynch and Eanna O'Connor did their best to arrest that trend, O'Donoghue and Shaw kept St Brendan's on top to cement their place in a third final this decade.
Scorers - St Brendan's College: L O'Donoghue 0-6 (4f), D Shaw, M Casey 1-2 each, E Cronin, B Courtney, P McCarthy, N Donoghue 0-1 each. St Flannan's College: D Duggan (2f) C Lynch 0-2 each, E O'Connor 0-1.
St Brendan's College - D Carroll; M Potts, C O'Donoghue, C Gammell; N Donoghue, D O'Brien, D Naughton; L O'Donoghue, B Courtney; P McCarthy, A O'Shea, D Moynihan; E Cronin D Shaw, M Casey. Subs: D Spillane for Donoghue (46), W Courtney for McCarthy (46), D Clifford for O'Shea (46), C O'Shea for Cronin (51), F Murphy for L O'Donoghue (55), C Courtney for Naughton (58).
St Flannan's College - E Campbell; P Collins, D Crimmins, M Gavin; R Hayes, E O'Connor, T Hannan; R Crimmins, C Mullins; C Lynch, M Nugent, S Kennedy; G Cooney, R Jennings, D Duggan. Subs: S Collins for Hayes (5), T O'Brien for Campbell (12), I Molloy for Mullins (19), E Keane for Kennedy (h-t), M Crowe for R Crimmins (37), G Cahill for S Collins (40).
Ref - R Moloney (Limerick).