Towering O Se holds off Tralee
Last year's beaten finalists Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne will get a second bite of the cherry after seeing off the challenge of a brave Tralee CBS side at the Dr Crokes Grounds in Killarney yesterday afternoon.
Chorca Dhuibhne dominated for long periods but failed to put Tralee CBS away, despite the inspirational play of Padraig O Se (son of Kerry legend Paidi) at centre-back, Barra O Suilleabhain and Eanna O Conchuir at midfield and the strong-running Dara O Se on the '40'.
PS Chorca Dhuibhne led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval but the sides were level on 0-7 apiece by the 40th minute. Chorca Dhuibhne edged 0-10 to 0-8 clear thanks to two Brian O Raoill points by the 50th minute and they finished the stronger, with four Dara O Se frees sealing the victory.
They now will meet De La Salle Macroom in a Kerry-Cork final on March 4.
Scorers -- Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: D O Se 0-6 (4f), B O Suilleabhain, B O Raoill 0-2 each, T O Caomhanaigh (1f), P O Dubhain, J O Suilleabhain, M O Flannura 0-1 each Tralee CBS: J Savage 0-3 (2f), S Moloney 0-2, T McLoughlin, G Horan, N Sheehy, R Quill 0-1 each
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne -- G O Currain; P O Conchuir, C O Luing, T O Suilleabhain; P O Dubhain, P O Se, M O Flatharta; B O Suilleabhain, E O Conchuir; B O Raoill, Dara O Se, J O Suilleabhain; S O hUallacháin, T O Caomhanaigh, M O Flannura. Subs: P Breathnach for B O Suilleabhain (40), M O Ciobhain for P O Dubhain ( 53) , C O Bambaire for S O hUallacháin ( 56), E O Muircheartaigh for B O Raoill ( 60).
Tralee CBS -- E Reidy; M Donnelly, S O'Connor, T Begley; T McLoughlin, D Moynihan, J Moran; G Horan, M Wrenn; J Savage, N Sheehy , S Moloney; C Jordan, D Carroll, R Quill Subs: E Mac Allen for J Moran (45), A Kastrati for R Quill (54).
Ref -- E Walsh (Rathmore)