St. Patrick’s Secondary School Contested Frewen Cup Final

Members of the St. Patrick’s Secondary School U-17 football panel wearing their Divanes Volkswagen Kerry sponsored tops. Seated, from left: Cormac Walsh, Padraig Reidy, Frank Wharton, David Healy, Noah Fitzgerald and Sean McConologue. Back from left: John O’ Leary Technical Support, Divanes Kerry; Tómas Jones, Shane Kelliher, Evan Brennan, Michael Horan, Jack Brosnan, Stan Divane, Commercial Specialist, Divanes Kerry and Pa McCarthy, St. Patrick’s team coach.

It was another history-making season for the U-17 footballers in St. Patrick’s Secondary School.

Having won the Munster B competition the previous year St. Pat’s had earned the right to contest The Frewen Cup. This is the premier post-primary football competition for U-17 footballers in Munster.

This was the school’s first time to compete at Munster A level at U-17 and, in their maiden season, St. Pat’s made it all the way to the final.

Turned the Tide

En route to the final St. Patrick’s played Intermediate School Killorglin in the quarter-final of the competition. St. Pat’s won this match in impressive fashion on a scoreline of 6-4 to 2-8.

St. Brendan’s Killarney were waiting in the semi-final having beaten Rochestown in their quarter-final. This was an extremely close match which saw the SEM lead at the half time whistle by a single point.

The Castleisland boys turned the tide in the second half and won on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10 to reach the Frewen Cup final and this was an amazing achievement in their very first time competing at this grade.

Crucial Players Missing

On the other side of the draw, Tralee CBS reached the final beating Patrician Academy, St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, Clonakilty Community College en route to the final.

The final was played in Banteer and Tralee CBS proved too strong on the day.

St. Pat’s missed crucial players Killian Dennehy and Michael Horan through injury and centre back Ruairi Brosnan picking up an injury in the first quarter of the match.

Support Appreciated

However, the team battled well throughout the match but Tralee CBS had too much firepower for an injury hit side and Tralee CBS won the match on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-09.

The team and management would like to extend a huge thank you to Divanes Kerry who came on as a sponsor for the final. The support was greatly appreciated and made the experience of contesting the final a much more memorable one.

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