"It was the biggest day in the history of Brosna GAA"


As months go, you couldn't get much better than the one Jimmy Keane has just had.

In the space of three weekends he's led his men to three famous victories. The semi-final victory over Glenbeigh / Glencar, the county final victory over Dromid Pearses and this Munster semi-final victory over Millstreet.

Even though no silverware attached itself to this victory, it's easy to imagine that this was the sweetest of the lot for the Brosna manager. The buzz, the crowd, the colour, the noise and the victory itself. Yes indeed, this will live long in the memory.

"It is the biggest day in the history of Brosna GAA," he enthused.

"We never in our dreams imagined we'd get this far. We won this twenty five years ago this year and unfortunately that time it stopped in Kerry. When we realised that if we did win Kerry we'd have the facilities to host and get a big crowd. It's a real reward for all the people down through the years who put in trojan work into this club. There's a lot of proud Brosna people watching here today."

There surely were, for this was an impressive victory achieved against tough opposition. Yes Millstreet made their mistakes, but it was Brosna who forced them into those mistakes. This was a game played on their terms.

"I'd went to see them play and I saw that they operated with a two man inside forward line so we had a plan," Keane confirmed.

"We got our match-ups right inside and we operated a sweeper system which operated effectively. Having that bit of a comfort zone, even though we got off to a shaky start, our boys were winning at least two thirds of the ball that was going back. I thought it took a bit of pressure off us and we were able to play up front."

Once they saw off those initial nerves Brosna thundered into this game. Dave and Shane Curtin (especially) dominated around the middle of the park, while defenders Aaron Cahill and Eamon Kiely led by example. The men in orange and white were more often than not first to the ball.

"This was a massive occasion for us and the boys really wanted to get to a Munster final," Keane explained.

"When you're representing Kerry there's no need to psyche the guys up coming out on the field. The hunger was there, first to the breaks. We made a big thing of having to win the breaks today. After the last two games the boys realise that every game is going to be a tough one.

"What we're trying to say to them is that they're in bonus territory and to get them to relax a bit and play football. Our forwards if they can get the ball in early can do it."

Next up for Brosna is a novel looking Munster final against west Limerick side Glin, due to be played on the weekend of December 7 in Mallow.

"I wouldn't know anything now about Glin," Keane admitted just after the match.

"I'll have to start doing a bit of research into them. They're not too far away from us! We've club connections down there in Glin as well. What I know now is that they're a physical side, Knocknagoshel played them in a challenge match and Eamon Walsh I'll be calling on him for a few tips for 'em."