Saturday 18 November 2017

Busy Ó Sé not missing Kerry just yet as he eyes success for Tralee CBS

Kerry's Marc Ó Sé Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Kerry's Marc Ó Sé Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The sting hasn't come just yet. Marc Ó Sé can honestly say he isn't missing the intercounty circuit right now. That will come later in the year, he reckons. On Munster final day to be precise.

Then he'll look out and wonder how quickly 15 seasons of service went by and maybe some part of his mind will wonder could he have held on for another season.

But those feelings are not there now. There's enough to be getting on with. Ó Sé is player and joint-manager of An Ghaeltacht as they prepare for a tilt at the intermediate championship and Division 1 in the league.

Last weekend he was back west for the Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé, which they won. And today, he leads his Tralee CBS side into their first Corn Ui Mhuiri final since 2008 against St Brendan's of Killarney.

"I have to say I'm not really missing it just yet but when the days get longer and the weather gets better I know it will be something I'll miss," Ó Sé said.

"Come Munster final day I know I'll be feeling it, but I'm not missing it just yet. I have been busy with the school and the Ghaeltacht and family at home too. So it's all go at the moment."

His Tralee side reached the final after a titanic three-game struggle with Colaiste Chriost Ri of Cork. Ó Sé admits they rode their luck at times, controversially securing a draw in the second game deep in injury-time, but he agrees the matches should stand to them as they face the reigning All-Ireland champions.

"We had three hard games and no-one deserved to lose really," he said of the three game saga.

Delighted

"We gave everything and they gave everything and we were delighted to get through to the final. There were times in the second game in particular where we should have been beaten and we can count ourselves lucky.

"There was a lot made of the second game that it was controversial, but by and large in the three games there was no real bad blow between either side.

"That said it will stand to us but this is a very good Sem side who are Hogan Cup champions and they have serious talent on their team, Kerry minors who have won All-Ireland minors and colleges titles so we are up against it. But the three games should really bring us on."

Tralee's appearance in the final is slightly unexpected given their early season form.

"At the start of the year we didn't think we'd get this far because we weren't playing well," said Ó Sé. " For example we were beaten by IS Killorgan and they beat us in the O'Sullivan Shield final and we regrouped and got things going to the point where we got the better of ISK in the Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-final.

"And we had lads who came back from injury and that helped out.

"We are not the finished article by any means and we have loads to work on. Trying to play for the 60 minutes is our downfall, we seem to be very inconsistent but if we can work on that I think we have a good chance."

Irish Independent

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