St Brendan's shine to boost Kerry's Hogan record
St Brendan's 0-18 St Peter's 0-10
Kerry's dominance of the Hogan Cup continued in Croke Park, as St Brendan's College, Killarney retained the title for the first time in their illustrious history and made it four-in-a-row for the Kingdom after Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne's back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015.
They enjoyed an eight-point win over a spirited St Peter's College, Wexford, who were left to wonder what might have been had a David Gouldson goal not been disallowed for over-carrying after just 90 seconds.
The decision looked harsh to the naked eye, but it would take the Leinster side a full 12 minutes to register their first score, with St Brendan's registering four in the meantime.
Kerry minor goalkeeper for the last two years Billy Courtney gave a great outfield display and his accuracy from placed balls was a big feature in the Killarney side's victory.
Seven different scorers contributed to a 0-10 to 0-3 lead for the defending champions at half-time, as Donnachadh O'Sullivan and Dara Moynihan put over impressive efforts.
Barry O'Connor and Cathal Devereux did their best to keep St Peter's in the contest after the break and they certainly asked a few questions of the defence in reducing the gap to four points with 10 minutes left.
Substitute Micheál Devlin had the only St Brendan's goal chance, which was blocked by Richard Ryan. Although O'Connor was the game's top scorer with five points, a trio of four-point contributions from Courtney, O'Sullivan and the highly rated David Shaw made up two-thirds of St Brendan's eventual total.
Rory O'Connor was the only other scorer for St Peter's as Jack Griffin and Michael Potts impressed in the St Brendan's half-back line and Chris O'Donoghue at full-back did his best to negate O'Connor's influence.
With the Killarney side having lost to Good Counsel of New Ross two years ago in the All-Ireland Junior (U-16) Schools final, they will be happy to have erased the memory of that with victory over a different Model County school.
Scorers - St Brendan's: B Courtney 0-4 ( 3f, 1 '45'), D O'Sullivan, D Shaw 0-4 each, D Moynihan 0-2, J Griffin, M O'Shea, C Flynn, M Devlin 0-1 each.
St Peter's: B O'Connor 0-5 (1f), C Devereux 0-4 (3fs), R O'Connor 0-1.
St Brendan's - R Osborne, L McMonagle, C O'Donoghue, S O'Leary, J Griffin, M Potts, N Donohoe, B Courtney, C Gammell, D Moynihan, D O'Sullivan, B Keane, D Shaw, M O'Shea, C Flynn. Subs: M Devlin for Flynn (44), M Harnett for Keane (54), E Cosgrave for Griffin (61), N McCarthy for O'Shea (62), D Brosnan for McMonagle (63)
St Peter's - R Ryan, E O'Leary, B Maddock, D O'Keeffe, Q Saunders, C Firman, F O'Driscoll, B Deeney, R O'Connor, D Furlong, B Moore, P Barry, D Gouldson, B O'Connor, C Devereux. Subs: D Lyne for Gouldson (ht), J Devereux for Barry (57), M Codd for O'Driscoll (58), A Breen for Furlong (63)
REF - S Hurson (Tyrone)