Beaufort Seniors sponsored by Maurice Foley of MF Decorating secured Division 2 status in 2016 when they beat St. Pats in a nail biting finish in Blennerville on Saturday evening last. Beaufort began well and were ahead after 3 minutes when Ronan Murphy had his kick blocked and Fergal Hallissey scored the resultant 45. They followed up with points from play from Darragh Coffey and Ronan Murphy. Beaufort had a let-off when St. Pats had a shot come off the cross-bar after 8 minutes. Beaufort extended their lead when Francis Courtney scored a free after he was fouled. Niall O’Connor added to Beaufort’s lead with a fine point before St Pats registered 2 quick points. Centre-back Brendan Cronin joined the attack and set Fergal Hallissey up for a point from play. He attacked again and was at the end of a goal chance but this was blocked. Beaufort were defending well forcing Blennerville to miss some scoring attempts. Fergal Hallissey scored a 2nd 45 when Darragh Coffey had his shot blocked. Padraig O’Sullivan cut out an attack on the stroke of half-time. Half-time score St. Pat 0-2 Beaufort 0-8. All-Ireland Minor medal winner Mike Breen came on at half-time for Patch O’Sullivan. By the 14th minute of the half St. Pats, who pressurised Beaufort on the kick-out and turned over possession on numerous occasions had the lead cut back to one point as they scored 6 points. Beaufort’s only score in this spell was a Fergal Hallissey free close in when Liam Carey was fouled. Nathan Breen was dismissed on 18 minutes. St. Pats had a point from play. A technical foul was picked up by the referee, a hop ball was the result. Ronan Murphy won this and set Francis Courtney up for a goal on 23 minutes to leave the score 0-9 to 1-9 at this stage. Shane O’Sullivan came on for Niall O’Connor and soon made a telling interception. Kevin O’Brien was introduced for Padraig O’Sullivan and Jason Foley for the injured Liam Carey. On 28 minutes Francis Courtney had a free after he was fouled. St. Pats hit back with 2 points to leave the minimum between the teams. Jeremiah O’Sullivan came in for Padraig Hartnett. St. Pats had a chance to level matters but were wide. 3 minutes into injury time great defence by Beaufort was cleared to Fergal Hallissey who set Kevin O’Brien up for the insurance score and leave the full-time score St. Pats 0-12 Beaufort 1-11. Other results insured that Beaufort gained promotion and also win the Division with a game in hand. They are away to Listry in the last Round of the County League. Team: Mike Moriarty, Padraig Hartnett, Gerard Hartnett, James O’Reilly, Patch O’Sullivan, Brendan Cronin, Nathan Breen, Ronan Murphy, Francis Courtney, Padraig O’Sullivan, Liam Carey, Fergal Hallissey, Niall O’Connor, Padraig Doona, Darragh Coffey. Subs used: Mike Breen, Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien, Jason Foley, Jeremiah O’Sullivan. Beaufort had 14 subs on the bench.
Good Report by St. Pats PRO on game Saturday evening:
Credit Union County League Division 3 Round 10
St Pats 0-12 Beaufort 1-11
High flying Beaufort grabbed a dramatic victory in Blennerville on Saturday evening and also clinched promotion as Division 3 champions. Results elsewhere in the division now mean that no team can overtake them going into the final round of the league.
This game itself served up all the ingredients of an exciting encounter producing a period of early dominance, borderline tackling, great scores, a rousing comeback and a controversial refereeing decision that had a huge bearing on the result.
Beufort started the game in determined fashion and totally dominated the first quarter with their midfielders Ronan Murphy and Francis Courtney in complete control in this period. Beaufort opened the scoring after two minutes with a pointed 45 from Fergal Hallissey They easily added three more points from the boot of Ronan Murphy Francis Courtney (45) and Niall O’Connor before St Pats registered their first point from David O’Callaghan after fifteen minutes of play. Beaufort could easily have added more scores in this period such was their dominance but for some poor decision making on the ball and resolute defending from St Pats. St Pats received 3 yellow cards in this period (K Hurley, M O’Sullivan and B Poff) and were lucky to have a full complement of players still on the field
St Pats switched full back Paul Mc Mahon to midfield for the remaining of the game and introduced Jordan Conway for Conor Moore. They started to push up on the Beaufort kick outs and this had the desired effect. They were now enjoying a lot more possession but struggling to convert it to scores. Kieran Hurley did manage to reduce the margin on 17 minutes with a well taken point. There would be no score for another ten minutes even though St Pats had a glorious opportunity for a goal when Brendan Poff dispossessed Brendan Cronin from a short kick out only to see his shot come back off the cross bar and all Beaufort fans in the ground breathed a collective sigh of relief
Beaufort steadied the ship and added three further points in the last 5 minutes of the half from Liam Carey,Niall O’Connor and Fergal Hallissey to leave the half time score St Pats 0-02 Beaufort 0-08
The half time pep talk seemed to work wonders for St Pats as they came out with all guns blazing. Andy Byrne and Kevin O’Shea were now leading the way and exerting more pressure from the half back line, St Pats were now collecting a lot more ball around the middle. Andy lead the way with an early point , Kieran Hurley(2) and a David O’Callaghan point reduced the margin to two before Beaufort recorded their first score of the half a free from Fergal Hallissey. Beaufort reverted back to short kick outs and this put them in all kinds of bother. St Pats benefited with two further Kieran Hurley Points to leave the narrowest of margins between the sides heading into the final quarter St Pats 0-08 Beaufort 0-09
What a dramatic fifteen minutes of football this quarter turned out to be. The first incident took place when impressive Beaufort centre back Nathan Breen was given a second yellow and a red card for elbowing an opponent. This was followed up on the 23 minute of the half by the decision that decided the outcome. St Pats Goalkeeper John ‘’Fizzy’’ Fitzgerald was attempting to take a quick kick out and threw the ball on the ground as the ball was still rolling when Fitzgerald kicked it out the referee stopped play and awarded a throw ball from the twenty metre line. Beaufort’s Francis Courtney won the throw in and blasted it to the St Pats net to put four between the sides
Urged on by the home supporters and a feeling of injustice St Pats drove at Beaufort in waves. The game was interrupted for five minutes as St Pats Liam O’Sullivan was treated for a shoulder injury. Kieran Hurley reduced the deficit with a point only for Fergal Hallissey to it out with a Beaufort point. As the game headed into injury time St Pats were rampant kicking three unanswered points from Andy Byrne, David O’Callaghan and Mike O’Sullivan to leave a the bare minimum between the side after 4 minutes of injury time. The referee indicated that there was a further minute to play St Pats gathered possession and attacked Mike O’Sullivan went for broke only for his shot to narrowly sail wide Beaufort won the kick out and substitute Mike Breen kicked the last score of the game to leave the full time score St Pats 0-12 Beaufort 1-11
A pulsating end to an exciting encounter. The game could have gone either way heading into the last five minutes with referee Andy Brown making a big call for the rolling ball incident A draw would probably have been a fitting result but wasn’t to be
The game just about sums up St Pats season to date. Brilliant in patches, over run for periods with lapses in concentration proving costly. St Pats needed to win this one to have any hope of promotion.
Beaufort were a jackal and Hyde outfit on the day. They started in whirlwind fashion but didn’t convert possession into scores. For reasons best known to themselves they resorted to short kick outs that weren’t working and conceded a number of scores that could have proved costly.
Beaufort had strong performances from Nathan Breen (until the red mist descended) Ronan Murphy, Francis Courtney ,Liam Carey, Darragh Coffey and Fergal Hallissey
St Pat’s best performers were Kieran O’Dwyer, Kevin O’Shea, Paul Mc Mahon, David O’Callaghan, Kieran Hurley and man of the match Andy Byrne
St Pats – J Fitzgerald, K O’Dwyer, P Mc Mahon, C Moore, A Byrne(0-02), K O’Shea, L Mulligan, M O’Sullivan(0-01), L O’Sullivan, B POff, D O’Callaghan(0-04), G Savage, T Lynch, K Hurley (0-05,0-01f) Subs Used – J Conway for C Moore, W Hurley for G Savage, J Costello for W Hurley, J Foley for L O’Sullivan(inj)