RUSSELL CUP FINAL – Report from Daniel O’Sullivan 2.1

20160520_144645 20160520_144815On Friday, the St. Brendan’s team took on Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuine of Dingle in the Russell Cup final at John Mitchell’s grounds. The conditions were not ideal on the day, with overcast skies and persistent rain causing many slips and stray touches from players on both sides.

Despite getting an early goal (Ryan Kelliher), the team looked sluggish throughout the first half. Many attacking oppurtunities were wasted by a poor final ball or a stray kick. Many wides were kicked and the team were lucky not to concede many scores in this time. Despite the defence’s best efforts, the Dingle forwards managed to pull a goal back late in the half, bringing the scores level.

With half time fast approaching and a livid Mr. Cooper running up and down the side-line, the team needed to secure a half time lead. A string of possession by the Sem boys led to an opportunity, falling to Dylan Murphy who produced a top class finish from a tight angle. This left the team 4 points up at the break, with the half time score 2-5 to 1-4 in favour of the Sem.

A different team walked out after half time. No one knows what Mr. Lynch and Mr. Cooper said to the boys in the dressing room, but whatever it was it worked.

St. Brendan’s were now in control, and Dingle just couldn’t keep up. Two goals from Michael Lenihan and consistent scoring coming from Darragh Lyne and Paul O’Shea in midfield put the Sem firmly in the lead. A ten point lead was secured rather quickly, and despite Dingle’s best efforts, the team from the Sem couldn’t be halted.

In the end captain Patrick D’Arcy lifted the Russell Cup as the St. Brendan’s team ran out 4-17 to 2-7 victors.

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