Beaufort hosted Cromane in the Mid-Kerry Championship on Sunday afternoon. Conditions were perfect for football.
Cromane won possession from the throw-in and had a pointed free within a minute when Sean O’Sullivan was fouled and scored the free himself.
Beaufort had his first score on 6 minutes with a point from play by full-forward Kevin O’Brien after a good move worked from the full-back line.
This was followed by a point from wing-back Sean Fogarty after good work by Padraig O’Sullivan picking up the breaking ball in mid-field.
Kerry minor All-Ireland winner was starting to create problems for Cromane and was wide with a good goal scoring opportunity.
On 11 minutes Danny Healy had a point when set up by Fergal Hallissey and Liam Carey made amends for his missed chance earlier when he finished a Beaufort move to the net when he received the final pass from Kevin O’Brien.
3 minutes later Niall O’Connor finished to the net, though fouled was still able to score.
Beaufort lost Sean Fogarty to a black-card on 15 minutes and was replaced by James O’Reilly. Sean O’Sullivan scored the resulatant free to leave the score at the quarter stage Beaufort 2-3 Cromane 0-2.
Danny Healy had a point for Beaufort but was cancelled from the kick-out with the hard-working All-Ireland Senior star Donnacha Walsh.
Francis Courtney was put through by Niall O’Connor but his shot came back off the cross-bar and was cleared.
Niall O’Connor had his 2nd goal on 23 minutes when a high ball broke in the square and he was on hand to finish to the net.
Things went sour for Cromane when Sean O’Sullivan was black-carded and was replaced by Danny Healy
Micheal Shaughnessey took over the free-taking duties and had a free on 25 minutes when Liam Walsh was fouled.
The final few minutes of the half were marred with wides and 4 yellow cards issued by referee Padraig O’Sullivan
Half-time score Beaufort 3-4 Cromane 0-4
Cromane had the first score of the 2nd half when they had a Micheal Shaughnessey free. He had another chance of a free but was wide with the effort.
Fergal Hallissey won a kick-out and put Francis Courtney through for a point.
Micheal Shaughnessey redeemed himself with a free after Brendan Foley was fouled.
Wing-back Shane O’Sullivan played a great ball to the unmarked Liam Carey and he finished to the net for Beaufort’s 4th goal.
Kevin O’Brien had a free on 13 minutes when Liam Carey was fouled.
Fergal Hallissey saw red after receiving a black card as he had already received a yellow card in the first half.
Jason Foley replaced Francis Courtney.
On 16 minutes a good run by Liam Walsh set his brother up for a point but Beaufort’s reply was swift with a Kevin O’Brien free and a 2nd Liam Carey goal. Again wing-back was the player who set Carey up after fielding the kick-out.
Both teams introduced their bench with Eanna O’Malley, Gary Coffey and Conor Breen for Beaufort and Colm Joy and Paudie McCarthy in for Cromane.
Beaufort were retaining possession well and sub Jason Foley was at the end of one of these moves and finished to the net for goal No. 6 for the homeside.
With 10 minutes Kevin O’Brien fisted over the bar. Minor Brendan Cronin was brought on by Beaufort.
Cromane had the last 2 scores with points from Brendan Foley and Micheal Shaughnessey from play.
Final score – Beaufort 6-8 Cromane 0-9.
Cromane were well beaten over all but Donnacha Walsh and Liam Walsh tried hard throughout while Beaufort dominated in almost all positions and had their Man of the Match in minor playerLiam Carey.
Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Michael John O’Connor, Gerard Hartnett, Padraig Hartnett, Sean Fogarty, Nathan Breen, Shane O’Sullivan, Ronan Murphy, Padraig O’Sullivan, Francis Courtney, Liam Carey, Fergal Hallissey, Niall O’Connor, Kevin O’Brien, Danny Healy. Subs: James O’Reilly, Jason Foley, Eanna O’Malley, Gary Coffey, Conor Breen, Brendan Cronin, Darragh Coffey.
Cromane: Padraig McMahon, Eoin Walsh, Michael Teahan, Mike Moroney, Mickie Houlihan, Brendan Foley, Liam Teahan, Liam Walsh, Donnacha Walsh, Finnbar Casey, Michael Shaughnessey, Sean O’Sullivan, Emmet Casey, Darren Houlihan, Sean Teahan. Subs: Danny Healy, Colm Joy, Padraig McCarthy.
Beaufort travel to Milltown to take on Division 1 side Milltown-Castlemaine next Saturday in the semi-final of the Mid-Kerry Championship.