Breen: I put the ball on the left leg, said a Hail Mary and found the tar­get

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT - BY JOHN TARRANT

A DRAINED Beau­fort cap­tain Nathan Breen basked in the glow of a job well done, un­der­stand­ably thrilled with the come­back to land sil­ver­ware.

“That hour and 20 min­utes was to­tally en­ergy sap­ping, Drom­tar­iffe came at us with a high in­ten­sity, plenty of hits, com­ing fair and clean. Go­ing into the game, it was pretty straight for­ward but we learned a les­son from a de­feat to Laune Rangers in the Mid Kerry cham­pi­onship that if the at­ti­tude isn’t 100%, it will im­pact, that re­ver­sal was a real ben­e­fit to us in this Mun­ster Fi­nal,” he said.

It’s fair to say, mid­fielder Breen led by ex­am­ple, a dream start, a sweet move and per­fect ex­e­cu­tion gave Beau­fort a lead goal in­side the first minute.

“Any­where be­yond the half way line is un­charted wa­ters for my­self, the space opened up, I took a re­turn pass from Pádraig (Doona), put it on the left leg, say­ing a quick Hail Mary and found the tar­get,” said a mod­est Breen.

Not for the first time, Beau­fort rein­vented them­selves in marathon games, re­quir­ing ex­tra time to dis­lodge both Churchill and Na Gaeil by the min­i­mum of mar­gins, re­peat­ing the ex­er­cise against Drom­tar­iffe.

“We con­ceded a goal with the last kick of the first half to fall six points be­hind, that rat­tled morale but our guys have been in this po­si­tion al­ready this sea­son. This is a young side with plenty of char­ac­ter and ex­pe­ri­ence to deal with the mis­takes that Drom­tar­iffe pun­ished us,” said Breen.

“Every­body go­ing into the dress­ing room ahead of ex­tra time knew in­di­vid­u­ally and as a group on what was re­quired and the man­age­ment re­in­forced the plan. We had been there, done it in pre­vi­ous ex­tra time wins over Churchill and Na Gaeil,” he said.

Drom­tar­iffe brought plenty of en­thu­si­asm to the pro­ceed­ings, Breen took up the task of at­tempt­ing to limit the in­flu­ence of young dual player Conor O’Cal­laghan.

“A very good op­po­nent, he was al­ways com­fort­able on the ball, a real stan­dard bearer for Drom­tar­iffe on bring­ing the fight to us. But to win a Mun­ster Fi­nal, it takes much more than one player, it took us 15 and the ad­di­tional 4-5 sub­sti­tutes in­tro­duced,” he said.

“We lost some im­por­tant play­ers en­route, Liam Carey’s in­jury was un­ex­pected, the im­por­tance of our strength in depth showed. For my­self, it feels great to stand up and re­ceive the sil­ver­ware and rep­re­sent a fan­tas­tic group of play­ers,” beamed a de­lighted Breen.

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