They came agonizingly close to taking hold of the coveted Hogan Cup though it just wasn’t to be for St Brendan’s College but, still, all involved can reflect on a super season and they did so when the squad members received their Munster Championship (Corn Uí Mhuiri) medals at a reception in the Gleneagle Hotel at the weekend.
Kerry sharpshooter David Clifford – no stranger to Sem All-Ireland victories – did the honours at the presentation ceremony where he encountered the familiar face of county team-mate Gavin White who is a teacher at the school and part of the senior panel management team,including trainer Kevin Cronin, selectors Dr Gary Stack, Brian O’Mahony, Gavin White and John C O’Shea and college principal Seán Coffey.
The Sem won the Corn Uí Mhuiri – the schools 23rd success at that level – with an impressive 0-17 to 0-12 defeat of defending champions Tralee CBS in the provincial decider at Fitzgerald Stadium in February with Legion attacking ace Will Shine contributing nine points to that great success.
Some weeks later, in a blockbuster Hogan Cup final, they were just outsmarted by a finely tuned Nass CBS in Croke Park, following a truly epic adventure, full of dramatic twists and turns.
It was the first Hogan Cup success ever for beaten 2019 finalists from Kildare and while St Brendan’s College were chasing title number five, it just wasn’t to be on the day, despite a heroic effort.
The Sem took great consolation from their outstanding Corn Uí Mhuiri victory which was achieved with the stylish brand of football for which the Killarney nursery is renowned.
Inspired by captain Cian McMahon, of the Dr Crokes club, they powered their way through the provincial series with a succession of impressive displays and while the likes of McMahon, Shine, Alex Hennigan and Cian Foley were also outstanding at the back where the Dara O’Callagham Rian Colleran and Darragh Fleming stoodd out with Liam Randles and Killian O’Sullian a match for any other pairing at midfield.
St Brendan’s College: Aaron O’Sullivan, Cian Lynch, Tomás Clifford, Harry Byrne, Darragh Fleming, Dara O’Callaghan, John Kelleher, Tomás Clifford, Liam Randles, Killian O’Sullivan, Luke Crowley, Cian Foley, Mikey Moriarty, Cian McMahon, Alex Hennigan, Will Shine, Rian Colleran, Charlie Keating, Mark O’Shea. Michael Mullane, Aodhán O’Neill, Brian McCarthy, Colm Kelliher, Sam Benson, Peter Cosgrave, Jack Lynch, Cian Doyle, Mark Clifford, Óisin O’Leary, Shane McAllister, Dara O’Shea.
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