Beaufort v Cromane in Mid-Kerry Championship

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.

Beaufort Minors v Laune Rangers

Beaufort Minors sponsored by Melvin of Carsons Daybreak played Laune Rangers in the semi-final of the Mid-Kerry Championship on Saturday last. Final score was Laune Rangers 1-8 to Beaufort 2-9 thus breaking Laune Rangers stranglehold on this competition over the last 8 years.
Beaufort got off the brighter start, scoring three unanswered points in the opening 5 minutes from the boots of Liam Carey, one from play and one free and Darragh Coffey. Rangers had a score in the 9th minute with a well taken point but it was soon cancelled out by a Mike Breen point for Beaufort. Rangers had another point but Liam Carey responded with a free to leave them leading by 3 points at the quarter mark. Two goals lit up the 2nd quarter-Danny Healy finished a great move for Beaufort but it was immediately cancelled out with a goal by Laune Rangers. They reduced the lead with 2 more points before Liam Carey slotted a free to leave the half time score Laune Rangers 1-4 to Beaufort 1-6.
Points were exchanged by the two teams at the start of the 2nd half with Darry Coffey scoring for Beaufort. Liam Carey then scored a free to increase the lead to three, but this should have been wiped out when Rangers had a goal chance but fortunately for Beaufort the shot came off the crossbar and the rebound was put wide. At the three quarter stage Beaufort lead by 3 points. Two frees brought Rangers right back into the game and left a point in it with 10 minutes to go. The score of the game then came for our All Ireland minor star Liam Carey who superbly split the posts from 50 yards to double Beaufort’s advantage. Then with a minute left a 45 from Liam Carey dropped into the square went untouched and bounced straight into the net. This was the winning of the game for Beaufort and a final Laune Rangers free left the final score Laune Rangers 1-8 Beaufort 2-9. Liam Carey was Beaufort’s top scorer and 1-6 was no concedience and could have had a higher tally. Mike Breen as ever and Darragh Coffey were always dangerous.
They now play Keel/Listry in the Mid-Kerry Final on a date to be decided depending on the results in the Senior Championship next week-end.

Beaufort v Milltown/Castlemaine in Mid-Kerry Minor Championship

Beaufort Minors sponsored by Melvin of Carsons Daybreak hosted Milltown/Castlemaine in the Minor Mid-Kerry Championship on Saturday evening. The visitors settled into this game the better with an early goal. Beaufort’s minor All-Ireland medal winner Liam Carey had the home sides first point but this was followed with a 2nd goal for Milltown-Castlemaine who was first to react to a brilliant save from Darragh Curran in the Beaufort goals. Milltown-Castlemaine were reduced to 14 players when they had a player sent off for striking. This seem to have got Beaufort going and had 5 unanswered points to leave the half-time score 0-7 to 2-2.
Beaufort dominated the 2nd half but were finding it hard to turn possession into scores but when they found their scoring boots they had good points from Darragh Coffey, Liam Carey from frees one of which was from 45m) and play, Joseph Glinwood and the pick of them was from Mike Breen who linked up with the impressive Mike Healy and scored a fine point. Joe Glinwood was at the end of a fine move by Beaufort after good fielding by Shane O’Sullivan at mid-field. Beaufort defended poorly and Milltown/Castlemaine responded with a goal. They had a chance to narrow the gap further but missed a scorable free. Brendan Cronin(who was unable to start due to injury) was introduced and steadied things for the home side. He won a vital free which Liam Carey duly scored. Milltown-Castlemaine ended with a late goal from to set up a nervy few minutes for Beaufort but they held out to win on a score-line of Beaufort 1-17 to Milltown-Castlemaine 4-6. Best for Beaufort were Darragh Curran in goals, Cian O’Sullivan, Cormac O’Connor, Liam Carey, Mike Breen, Danny (who was as usual busy and worked hard)and Mike Healy and Darragh Coffey. Kevin Coffey also played very well when introduced from the bench while Milltown-Castlemaine.
Team: Darragh Curran, Cian O’Sullivan, Cormac O’Connor, Ciaran Kennedy, Mike Healy, Mike Breen, Joe Glinwood, Liam Carey, Shane O’Sullivan, Conor Cronin, Danny Healy, Aaron Foley, Paudie Coffey, Niall O’Connor, Ryan Sweeney. Subs used: Darragh Coffey, Kevin Coffey.