Sem on the hunt for Munster honours

Paul O’Shea: St Brendan’s College danger man
Deividas Uosis: Pobalscoil goalkeeper

AUSTIN Stack Park in Tralee has been confirmed as the venue for the Munster Colleges SFC (Corn Uí Mhuirí) final replay between modern day rivals St Brendan’s College, Killarney and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne on Saturday.

The Dingle school principal Eamonn Fitzmaurice will go head-to-head in a sideline tactical battle with the Sem’s experienced boss Gary McGrath and the Beaufort man will be hoping to outsmart the former Kerry manager who is joined on the sideline by Kerry selector Tommy Griffin.

Although keenly contested, last Saturday’s encounter, played before a big crowd at Fitzgerald Stadium, was a relatively disappointing affair with an over-reliance on defence resulting in deadlock at the final whistle.

Scoring chances were kept to the minimum though Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne looked a fraction livelier in attack in a game that was riddled with a high wides count.

Such was the lack of clear-cut scoring opportunities that a timely goal from St Brendan’s Fossa full forward Emmet O’Shea – who pounced on a loose rebound in the 42nd minute – looked like it might be decisive, particularly when last year’s Kerry minor captain Paul O’Shea tagged on a point to leave them 1-9 to 0-11 ahead.

But Corca Dhuibhne never gave up the chase and with the Gary McGrath trained Sem registering a number of wides, from very scorable positions, the Killarney school didn’t factor the opportunism of corner forward Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoich and he popped up to level the game and set the scene for what promises to be an engaging replay.

The Sem look locktight in defence thanks mainly to the influence of Mark Cooper and Terry Sparling of Dr Crokes and Peter O’Sullivan and Kieran O’Donoghue of Killarney Legion while Michael Lenihan (Crokes) and Darragh Lyne (Legion) are a formidable duo at midfield.

Kilcummin’s Paul O’Shea is the ace in the Sem attack but he can expect to receive solid and creative support from the likes of Ryan O’Grady (Legion), Patrick D’Arcy (Glenflesk) and the towering Emmet O’Shea (Fossa).

The west Kerry school will look to Dylan Ó Géibheannaigh for the bulk of their scores but he will be well assisted by Stiofan Ó Conchúir, Cathal Ó Beaglaoich and Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoich while former Kerry minor Deividas Uosis is solid between the sticks and Pobalsoil also have very capable performers in Tomás Ó Dubháin, Padraig Ó Cathalláin, Seán Óg Ó Moráin and James Aghas.

The throw-in at Austin Stack Park has been put back to 4.00pm.

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