Match Report: Keane's SuperValu Minor Football Champ. Final
Keane’s SuperValu Minor Football Championship Final: East Kerry complete four-in-a row minor titles against the Saints
East Kerry 3-10
St. Brendan’s 0-13
By Murt Murphy
East Kerry’s dominance of Kerry underage football shows no sign of abetting as their minors completed the four-in-a-row as they eventually saw off the stern challenge of a St Brendan’s side in this lack lustre Keane’s SuperValu Minor Football Championship Final played at a rain lashed Austin Stack Park.
Two early St Brendan’s points from Fergal O’Brien and Conor Hayes were cancelled out by an East Kerry goal in the eighth minute scored by Kerry minor Emmet O’Shea from a Dylan O’Callaghan pass.
East Kerry never really utilized the wind in the first half of this start-stop game with O’Shea converting four frees while Ruairí Murphy and Paul O’Shea added one each from play.
St Brendan’s were depending on their inside line for scores with Fergal O’Brien ( 3), Nathan O’Driscoll ( 3) and Conor Hayes ( 2) but they must have happy retiring just a point adrift at the interval 1-6 to 0-8.
It was nip and tuck in the third quarter with the sides level on a 1-9 to 0-12 scoreline but then the game was decided in a devastating three minute spell between 47th and 49th minutes when East Kerry struck for 2-1 without reply. Dylan O’Callaghan was involved in setting up goals, firstly sending substitute Aaron Flynn through to shoot low beyond brilliant St Brendan’s keeper Devon Burns and then playing a one-two with Ruairí Murphy who finished from close range.
When Patrick D’Arcy added a quick point, it was game over as East Kerry cruised to yet another county minor title and next week their U-21’s contest a final.
MAN OF THE MATCH: DYLAN O’CALLAGHAN ( EAST KERRY)
East Kerry: E O’Shea (1-5, 5 frees), R Murphy (1-1), A Flynn (1-0), P D’Arcy (0-2), P O’Shea and D O’Callaghan (0-1 each)
St Brendan’s; N O Driscoll (0-6, 4 frees), F O’Brien (0-4, 2 frees), C Hayes (0-3)
EAST KERRY: K O’Leary ( Kilcummin); C Ryan ( Listry), O Fitzgerald ( Gneeveguilla), B O’Leary ( Firies); E O’Rahilly ( Gneeveguilla), E Talbot ( Fossa), R Doyle ( Fossa); P O’Shea ( Kilcummin), R Collins ( Gneeveguilla); D O’Callaghan ( Firies), D Donohue ( Firies), R Murphy ( Listry); P O’Leary ( Gneeveguilla), P D’Arcy ( Glenflesk), E O’Shea ( Fossa)
Subs: A Flynn ( Firies) for D Donohue ( 41), P O’Leary ( Kilcummin ) for R Murphy ( 57), D Cronin( Gneeveguilla) for B O’Leary ( 59), C Doe ( Firies ) for D O’Callaghan ( 60)
ST BRENDAN’S: D Burns ( Na Gaeil); S Bowler ( John Mitchels), R O’Sullivan ( Na Gaeil), P White ( John Mitchels); E O’Connor ( Na Gaeil), K O’Connor ( Churchill), Oisin Maunsell ( Na Gaeil); T Ó hAiniféin ( Na Gaeil), J Lenihan ( Churchill); D Courtney ( Ardfert), D Reen ( Na Gaeil)l J Sheehan ( Abbeydorney); F O’Brien ( St Pats), N O’Driscoll ( Ardfert), C Hayes ( Kerins O’Rahilly’s )
Subs: D Bowler ( Kerins O’Rahilly’s) for D Reen ( 44), C O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) for J Sheehan ( 52), D O’Sullivan ( Churchill) for D Courtney ( 54), D Doherty ( Churchill) for F O’Brien ( 56).
Referee: T McCarthy (Desmonds)