Brendan's take Munster title

March 09, 2008
St Brendan's beat Kerry rivals Tralee CBS by 2-11 to 1-11 in the Munster colleges SFC final at Fitzgerald Stadium. Tralee went into the decider as holders but 'The Sem' wrested the crown from their grasp with a solid display in Killarney. Thus, they have captured the coveted provincial championship for the first time since 1994 and are now within striking distance of the Hogan Cup. James O'Donoghue was an easy choice as Man of the Match. The centre forward terrorised Tralee from the off and helped himself to a match-winning haul of 1-5, all from play. The defending champions had led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 20 minutes. But Cian Tobin converted a free and O'Donoghue found the net. However, points from Barry John Keane (2) and Barry Shanahan helped Tralee to a 0-8 to 1-4 half-time lead. The match looked to be all over when the holders started the second half with awesome intent. Fiachra Mangan goaled and points from Alan Fitzgerald and Keane sent them six point clear. Shane O'Neill registered the winners' second goal eleven minutes after the restart and Tralee didn't manage a single score in the closing 17 minutes.


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