St Brendan’s battle back to deny Killorglin major upset

ST BRENDAN’S, Killarney, are through to the business end of the Munster Colleges SFC following a storming comeback at Beaufort yesterday.

It appeared as if ISK were about to cause a major upset on an afternoon when incessant rain left conditions treacherous. They led by two points at half time (0-6 to 0-4) and when St Brendan’s drew level four minutes into the second half the Killorglin boys struck back with two goals deftly executed by right corner forward, Dan Clifford,

The first was launched by centre-forward John Buckley and involved TJ Cronin and Chris O’Riordan. The latter off-loaded to Clifford, who after a great stop by goalkeeper Brian Kelly, rolled the ball to the net,

Two minutes later Buckley and Cronin again did the ground work before Clifford was on hand to slide the ball to the net with his left boot.

Up to that point St Brendan’s had been more or less coasting. They came up against a rock solid Killorglin defence in the first half with Martin Lynch and Sean Walsh dominating midfield but when they moved full-back, John Bartlett to the centre of the park with full-forward Ruairí Mangan dropping back, they enjoyed an abundance of possession.

Stunned by the two goal salvo they quickly regained their composure and replied with a succession of points from James O’Donoghue, Cian Tobin and Brian Russell.

Even when Killorglin pulled two back through TJ Cronin and a John Buckley free, they refused to panic and went in search of goals.

David O’Leary’s goal-bound effort was blocked but the ball spilled for David Brosnan who beat two defenders before shooting to the net. Their second goal was equally impressive. This time it was corner forward Jamie Doolan who sent in the pass for James O’Donoghue and the latter weaved his way through and gave Liam Walsh no chance from close range.

Scorers: St. Brendan’s: D. Brosnan 1-3, J. O’Donoghue 1-2, C. Tobin 0-2, R. Mangan 0-2, J. Doolan, D. Clifford and B. Russell 0-1 each. Intermediate School Killorglin: D. Clifford 2-0; J. Buckley 0-4 (0-2 frees); TJ Cronin, K. Corkery, C. O’Riordan, R. Sayers 0-1 each.

ST. BRENDAN’S: B. Kelly; J. Lyne, J. Bartlett, M. Finnegan; J. O’Mahoney, B. Russell, D. O’Sullivan; K. Breen, K. Regan; J. O’Donoghue, D. O’Leary, D. Brosnan; C. Tobin, R. Mangan, J. Doolan.

Subs: F. Fitzgerald for D. O’Sullivan (40 mins), J. O’Sullivan for J. O’Mahony (55 mins), D. Twomey for D. Brosnan (59 mins).

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL KILLORGLIN: L. Walsh; D. Coffey, A. Sweeney, L. Clifford; M. McMahon, J. Clarke, P. Crowley; M. Lynch, S. Walsh; L. Seidler, M. Budkley, T. J. Cronin; K. Corkery, C. O’Riordan, D. Clifford.

Subs: R. Sayers for T. J. Cronin (20 mins); T. J. Cronin for M. O’Mahony (47 mins).

Referee: Ger Lynch (Ballymacelligott).

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