Beaufort Minors v Keel/Listry in Mid Kerry Minor Championship

BEAUFORT MINORS sponsored by Harpoon Connect hosted Keel/Listry in Round 1 of the Mid Kerry Championship on Saturday. Beaufort played with the wind in the 1st half but were unable to get to grips with the game around the middle with Keel/Listry picking up the breaks. The visitors had the 1st score with a free and they had two points from play before the home side had their first score, a fine finish by Ryan Sweeney to raise a white flag at the quarter stage. Beaufort had a few chances to cut the lead before wing-back Conor Cronin joined the attack and had a point. Keel/Listry had points to extend the visitors lead. Beaufort’s Sean Kelliher had a point from play and he saw his free hit the upright and come out, it fell to Joe Glinwood who volleyed over the bar. This was followed up soon afterwards by a great individual effort by centre-back Ciaran Kennedy to level matters and leave the half-time score Beaufort 0-5 Keel/Listry 0-5.
Beaufort began the 2nd half well and Mike Breen had a point from the throw-in. This was cancelled out by a Keel/Listry free. Ryan Sweeney restored Beauforts leat with a point after a good build up. Kealan Cahill replaced Paul Murphy for Beaufort. Wing-forward Jonathan Kissane extended the home lead with a point on 10 minutes. Both teams were guilty of bad wides before the visitors had a point from play. Padraig Cronin replaced Cian O’Sullivan for Beaufort. Keel/Listry had a point when the umpire brought the attention of the referee to a foul by Beaufort. Darragh Curran was alert to a breaking ball and cleared well.
On 21 minutes Keel/Listry levelled matters from play. Padraig Cronin was fouled and Mike Breen restored Beauforts lead with the resultant free. Jonathan Kissane and Aaron Foley scored 2 fine points to extend the home side lead. Paudie Coffey replaced Ryan Sweeney for Beaufort and immediately scored a point. Dylan O’Sullivan replaced Keith Moloney. Both subs were involved in the move which lead to the only goal of the game. Dylan O’Sullivan found Paudie Coffey in the corner, he in turn took on the defence and put a good ball across the square for Jonathan Kissane to palm to the net. Keel/Listry had the final point to leave the final score Beaufort 1-12 Keel/Listry 0-9. Beaufort’s defence defended well especially in the 2nd half, Mike Breen worked hard at midfield while up front Jonathan Kissane and Joe Glinwood did well. All Beaufort’s subs played well when they came on.
Teams: Beaufort: Darragh Curran, Declan Floyd, Cormac O’Connor, Kevin Coffey, Paul Murphy, Ciaran Kennedy Conor Cronin, Mike Breen, Sean Kelliher, Keith Moloney, Aaron Foley Jonathan Kissane, Joe Glinwood, Cian O’Sullivan, Ryan Sweeney. Subs used: Kealan Cahill, Padraig Cronin, Dylan O’Sullivan, Paudie Coffey.

Beaufort U21 v Milltown/Castlemaine in Mid-Kerry Final

Well done to Beaufort and the management team of Ken O’Sullivan, Maurice Foley and Gerry Kelliher who beat Milltown/Castlemaine in the Mid Kerry Final played in Beaufort on Sunday morning in perfect conditions. Beaufort had the first score with a Fergal Hallissey free when Ronan Murphy was fouled. This was cancelled out 2 minutes later with Milltown/Castlemaine free. Fergal again had another free with Beaufort’s tactic of playing usual mid-fielder Ronan Murphy inside at the edge of the square paying dividends, he got a good supply of quality ball and he won and scored or was fouled with any ball that went in to him. The visitors took over on the scoring stakes with 1-3 without reply.
Ronan Murphy had a point from play before free-takers Fergal Hallissey and Jack McCarthy traded points to leave the score on 15 minutes Beaufort 0-4 Milltown-Castlemaine 1-5. The visitors extended their lead to 5 points with another free. This was to be their last score of the half as the home team worked hard and snuffed out whenever the visitors attacked, while Beaufort began to claw their way back into the game with a Danny Healy point, 2 frees and a 45 from Fergal Hallissey. Darragh Coffey had a point from play for the home side to level matters. Beaufort had a goal chance but Niall O’Connor saw his shot come off the cross-bar. They finished the half with a Ronan Murphy point from play and Niall O’Connor had the final score of the half leaving Beaufort leading 0-11 to Milltown-Castlemaine 1-6.

The 2nd half saw Beaufort continue where they left off with a Fergal Hallissey free after man of the match Shane O’Sullivan was fouled. Conor Breen finished a great move by the home side with a point and Ronan Murphy scored another from play. Centre back and All-Ireland medal winner Mike Breen joined the attack and added a fine point. On 19minutes Milltown-Castlemaine had their first point of the 2nd half with a free and they followed quickly with a good goal thus leaving only 2 points between the teams. Another free cut Beaufort’s lead to the minimum. Beaufort lost the ball going forward and on the break the game was levelled with a point from play. The home side also lost Ronan Murphy to a black card with 9 minutes remaining. Padraig O’Reilly Milltown-Castlemaine and Conor Breen, Beaufort saw red after picking up a yellow and black each while David Roche was lucky to get away with a yellow. With time almost up Milltown/Castlemaine had a free to go back into the lead but Beaufort had the last say with 2 late frees slotted over by Fergal Hallissey to leave the final score Beaufort 0-17 to Milltown-Castlemaine 2-10.
Beaufort’s best on the day were Man of the Match Shane O’Sullivan, Brendan Cronin and Cormac O’Connor, Mike Breen, Sean Kelliher had a good 2nd half while Ronan Murphy was a great target inside, Padraig Doona and Fergal Hallissey who contributed 8 frees, 1 a 45.

Beaufort: Darragh Curran, Keith Moloney, Brendan Cronin, Cormac O’Connor, Mike Breen, Shane O’Sullivan, Sean Kelliher, Fergal Hallissey, Conor Breen, Danny Healy, Padraig Doona, Niall O’Connor, Ronan Murphy and Aaron Foley.
Subs used: Ryan Sweeney, Shane O’Sullivan.

Beaufort Seniors v Laune Rangers in Mid-Kerry Championship

Beaufort Seniors sponsored by Maurice Foley of MF Decorating winners of Division 3 County League were presented with their trophy prior to their Mid-Kerry Championship game v Laune Rangers on Sunday. Beaufort played with the wind in the first half but were behind on a score-line of 2-2 to 0-5 at half time. Their scores in the first half came from Darragh Coffey 2 points from play, Fergal Hallissey 1 from play and 1 from a free and a good effort from wing-back Jason Foley. The 2nd half didn’t improve as Beaufort leaked 2 more goals and managed to score only from frees-3 from Fergal Hallissey and one from Francis Courtney. Final score: Laune Rangers 4-8 Beaufort 0-9.

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Gale Force winds and driving rain greeted the teams in JP O’Sullivan Park on Sunday afternoon as the Mid Kerry Senior Championship began in earnest with a Round One tie between Laune Rangers and Beaufort. Both teams were forced into making changes, as marquee forwards Liam Carey & Danny Healy were both deemed unfit to start for Beaufort – they took their places on the bench – while the home side were missing Peter Crowley through injury and Mike Frank Russell through illness.

Beaufort had the aid of the wind at their backs in the first half but it was Rangers who struck first in the 5th minute. John O’Shea shot a 45 into the wind to dissect the posts for an excellent point. Darragh Coffey opened Beaufort’s tally with a point in the 10th minute to level matters, before Shane McSweeney pointed to restore the Rangers lead shortly after. Rangers found the net in the 15th minute, when John O’Shea palmed the ball home following some great link up play between Shane McSweeney and Colm O’Shea. At the quarter mark, Laune Rangers led by 1-2 to 0-1. Beaufort came back into the game and scored three successive points through Fergal Hallissey (2, 1 free) and an excellent strike from Darragh Coffey, while they also had a goal chance when Padraig O’Sullivan tested the reflexes of Tony Lyons in goal for Rangers. However, Laune Rangers put themselves in a very commanding position when, as normal time in the half expired, John O’Shea scored his second goal of the game with a palmed finish following a good run and unselfish pass from Pa Joy. Beaufort wing back Jason Foley scored a fantastic long range point just before the short whistle, and the sides went for the shelter of the dressing room at Half Time with the score:- Laune Rangers 2-2, Beaufort 0-5.

Laune Rangers were aided by the breeze in the second half, but Beaufort stayed in touch with some great point taking from both sides. Pointed frees for Rangers by John O’Shea and Kieran Doona & one from play by Shane McSweeney were met with frees from Fergal Hallissey (2) and Francis Courtney to leave Laune Rangers leading by 2-5 to 0-8 with a quarter to play. The pivotal point in the game came in the 46th minute Ronan Sayers kicked the ball long from inside his own half into the edge of the square, only for the ball to remain untouched and bounce over the head of Mike Moriarty for Laune Rangers’ third goal. A poor kick out led to a well taken Colm O’Shea point shortly afterwards leaving Beaufort with a mountain to climb – trailing by seven points & playing into the galeforce wind. Keith Sheehan picked up a second yellow card & received his marching orders in the 51st minute. John O’Shea and Fergal Hallissey traded frees before Laune Rangers fourth goal put the icing on the cake for the home side, as Liam Quirke won the ball and beat his marker before passing to John Tyther who slotted the ball to the net. The score at Full Time:- Laune Rangers 4-7, Beaufort 0-9.

The terrible conditions made flowing football a difficult prospect for both sides, but there were some great scores kicked by players on both teams on the day. Beaufort’s Fergal Hallissey stood out for his team with some well taken frees, while Ronan Murphy was looking strong at midfield before his removal at half time. However, Laune Rangers were good value for their win, with Kieran Crowley & John Sheehan leading the charge. The fullback line of Johnny Carey, Michael O’Sullivan and Keith Sheehan (until his dismissal) remained solid throughout. However John O’Shea’s positioning on every attack allowed him to apply the finish to two good plays by his teammates, and his individual contribution of 2-3 was a telling factor in the win.

Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Michael O’Sullivan, Johnny Carey, Keith Sheehan, Ryan Keane, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers (1-0), John Sheehan, Maurice Foley, David Costello, Shane McSweeney (0-2), Pa Joy, John O’Shea (2-3, 3f), Colm O’Shea (0-1), Kieran Doona (0-1f). Subs used: John Tyther (1-0) for Costello, Chris Riordan for Joy, Pa Sheehan for Doona, Liam Quirke for O’Shea, Aidan Cox for Keane.

Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Michael J O’Connor, Ger Hartnett, James O’Reilly, Padraig Hartnett (0-1), Brendan Cronin, Jason Foley, Nathan Breen, Ronan Murphy, Fergal Hallissey (0-5, 4f), Francis Courtney (0-1f), Padraig O’Sullivan, Michael O’Sullivan, Padraig Doona, Darragh Coffey (0-2). Subs used: Liam Carey, Shane O’Sullivan, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Padraig Hallissey, Niall O’Connor.

Beaufort v Keel/Listry in Mid-Kerry U14 B Final

Beaufort U14 footballers sponsored by Sean Coffey of Kate Kearneys Cottage recovered from a nine point deficit after only 15 minutes of play to snatch victory with a late scoring burst in the final couple of minutes of this Mid Kerry ‘B’ Final to make it two victories in three finals contested this year.
Forced to line out without regulars Keith Suter and Ethan Coffey Beaufort were under pressure from the start from a fancied Keel/Listry combination and at the wrong end of a 1-6 to 0-0 scoreline after less than 15 minutes one would have given them little chance of turning the game around.
However the switching of Sean O’ Brien from wing forward to the pivotal role of centre half back coincided with a revival in Beaufort’s fortunes at that crucial period in the first half. By half time, playing against the wind, Beaufort had cut the derficit to 6 points thanks to two points each from Darragh Dennehy and Jack O’ Connor.
The half time score read, Keel/Listry 1-7 Beaufort 0-4.
Aided by the breeze in the second half Beaufort immediately went on the attack and three points in a row from Mark Doona, Jack O’ Connor and Jack O’ Leary saw them narrow the gap to three points. Keel/Listry responded with two points and Beaufort seemed to lose the initiative but with Sean Kissane, Jack Coffey and Jack Hallissey driving them on Beaufort cut the deficit to three points again with two minutes remaining through points from Darragh Dennehy and Oisin Cronin.
Beaufort were putting fierce pressure on the Keel/Listry defence and it eventually paid dividends when excellent wing back Shane O’ Sullivan-Rouse got his boot to the ball in a goalmouth scramble and buried it in the net.
The sides were now level. From the resultant kick out Beaufort won possession and were awarded a free. Jack O’ Connor’s expertly struck left footed kick sailed between the posts. Keel/Listry ran out of time as Beaufort’s recovery was complete. Final score: Beaufort 1-10 Keel/Listry
Team: Patrick Crehan, Sean Kissane, Mark Neary, Jack Coffey, Oisin Cronin (0-1), Timmy Coffey, Shane O’ Sullivan-Rouse (1-0), Jack Hallissey, Jack O’
Connor (0-4), Niall Carey, Darragh Dennehy (0-3), Sean O’ Brien, Jack O’
Leary (0-1), Mark Doona (0-1), Mark Sheahan. Subs: Keith Floyd and Simon Coffey.