Brendan’s laid the foundations for their facile win in the first-half. Electing to play with the driving wind and rain, they ran in 2-13 without reply and even with the elements in their favour, there was no way back for DLS.
The dominance of Gary and Christopher O’Leary at midfield meant the Waterford side were under pressure throughout the opening half. Playing excellent football in the difficult conditions, Brendan’s scored points freely to lead by 10 after 20 minutes.
DLS had no answer to the brilliance of Christopher O’Leary, in particular. The Kilcummin clubman ruled the middle with some great fielding and powerful running and he set up his side’s opening goal in the 23rd minute when Padraig Courtney slipped the ball home.
The pressure on the DLS defence was constant and a second goal soon followed when Gary O’Leary stormed through to score and put his side 19 points in front at half-time.
DLS were expected to pin Brendan’s in their own half for most of the second half but despite the best efforts of Aaron Kennedy and Joe Byrne they couldn’t penetrate the excellent Brendan’s defence in which Shaun Keane and Padraig O’Donoghue were unbeatable.
The Killarney boys added three more points before the classy Ger Sheehan fired home a third goal. DLS’s cause was hopeless and wasn’t helped by the loss of full back Paul Donnellan for a second bookable offence.
The Waterford side eventually got on the scoresheet through Brad Carroll’s point from a free.
St. Brendan’s: G. Sheehan 1-6 (0-2 frees); I. Devane 0-5 (0-2 frees); P. Courtney 1-1; C. O’Leary 0-3 (0-1 free); G. O’Leary 1-0; P. Lucey, S. McCarthy 0-1 each. DLS: B. Carroll 0-1 (free).
S. Murphy; J. O’Donovan, S. Keane, C. Lyne; C. Davies, P. O’Donoghue, S. McCarthy; G. O’Leary, C. O’Leary; E. Kerrisk, I. Devane, G. Sheehan; B. Falvey, P. Lucey, P. Courtney.
P. Moynihan for C. O’Leary; K. O’Donoghue for G. O’Leary; D. O’Sullivan for Kerrisk; T. Moriarty for Courtney.
K. O’Brien; D. Curran, P. Donnellan, J. Connolly; K. Curran, A. Kennedy, J. Dillon; J. Byrne, J. Gaul; J. Sage, B. Carroll, C. Morris, T. Lyons, J. Kavanagh, K. O’Leary.
H. Brehan for Lyons; G. Gallagher for Sage; C. Blanchfield for O’Leary.
D. Farrell (Mitchelstown).