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The St Bren­dans full for­ward line con­trib­uted 3-13 be­tween them, while the Kear­ney’s, Eoghan and Padraig were ef­fec­tive in terms of the sup­port and sup­ply they pro­vided to their inside line. In terms of lead­er­ship Shane Grif­fin was very much to the fore, but, the silken skills and scor­ing re­turns of Brendan O Con­nor, marked him out as the games most in­flu­en­tial and ef­fec­tive per­former.


St Bren­dans first goal in the fif­teenth minute, might only have pro­vided a mar­ginal scor­ing ad­van­tage at that par­tic­u­lar junc­ture, but, it ul­ti­mately proved to be the plat­form on which they built their match win­ning chal­lenge. It was the spark which ig­nited a scor­ing flour­ish, and, which, ul­ti­mately put the is­sue be­yond doubt by the half time break.


The match pro­gramme listed thirty four play­ers in the St Bren­dans squad, while, by con­trast Kil­gar­van had just nine­teen from which to choose. In ef­fect St Bren­dans had an­other team avail­able to them. It il­lus­trates the chal­lenge which Kil­gar­van faces con­tin­u­ally to keep the code alive down South, but, the spirit shown last Satur­day by them con­firms that they will al­ways be chal­leng­ing and con­tenders for Cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

ST Bren­dans se­lec­tor Jeremiah Clif­ford ex­pressed the view that a mix­ture of young and old, the level of their goalscor­ing, the over­all strength of the squad, the sig­nif­i­cance of their semi fi­nal win over Cause­way and, the im­pact made by some key in­di­vid­u­als were vi­tal fac­tors with some of th­ese play­ers maybe fea­tur­ing in the Se­nior semi-fi­nal against Lix­naw on Sun­day Septem­ber 24.

“They got off to an ex­plo­sive start, they caught us a bit on the hop. We were slow out of the blocks but, look, we have been scor­ing goals all of the year, the inside for­ward line, Gearoid (Shee­han), Brendan (O’Con­nor) and Shane (Grif­fin) are all goal get­ters, and I sup­pose goals win matches, so we got them at the right times. Shane (Grif­fin) came on board this year. We were strug­gling and in fair­ness to him he put his weight be­hind the wheel. Conor Fla­herty came back, Ea­monn Cor­ri­dan came back down to us, and they stead­ied up the ship. It was great for the young fel­lows to be play­ing with th­ese guys. They were he­roes to them, they were watch­ing them in Croke Park win­ning matches, they were only young lads, so it was great to see them play­ing to­gether.

“We were out of it a cou­ple of years, this year we were lucky, ev­ery­body stayed around. We lost no­body to Amer­ica, and I sup­pose in fair­ness to the Se­nior panel, we lost a cou­ple at the start of the year, and we lost no more af­ter that. We were very lucky the Se­nior panel were good to us now in fair­ness, I have to com­pli­ment them for that.

“Cause­way were al­ways a kind of a bo­gey team for us, a mon­key on our back for a lot of years, and we couldn’t get over the line with them. But this year we man­aged it, and we knew af­ter beat­ing Cause­way we said it would take a good team to beat us. We were just de­lighted to get over the line. It’s a long time, twenty-one years wait­ing. The likes of Brendan (O’Con­nor) you would think will (step up to the Se­nior squad), ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing to­day. Eoghan Kear­ney as well, Padraig Kear­ney, they all played very well. (Jack) McCarthy played well, th­ese are young play­ers who are will­ing to step up to the mark, just to drive on for the Lix­naw match in two weeks time. Some of th­ese fel-

Michael Davis, St Brendan’s, is chased out of de­fence by Kil­gar­van’s Timmy Healy in the County In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal in Lewis Road, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day.

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