From Radio Kerry:
Na Gaeil played Beaufort in the first round on Bank Holiday Monday in what was a perfect day for football. It was the visitors who got off to the better start and scored three unanswered points through a pointed free from Niall O’Connor and two from play from midfielders Ronan Murphy and Shane O’Sullivan. Na Gaeil’s Jamie Lowham had their first point on 7 minutes followed by a point from Diarmaid Herlihy. Fergal Hallisey fired over a free for Beaufort followed by another point from Na Gaeil’s Diarmaid Herlihy to leave the score 0-03 to 0-04 in favour of Beaufort after 20 minutes. Shane O’Sullivan and Diarmaid Herlihy swapped points. Then Na Gaeil hit a purple patch and completely took over. Darragh Carmody and Seamie O’Neill scored a point each for Na Gaeil followed by a point from Stefan Okunbor and a pointed free from Darragh Carmody. The defining score came in the 24th minute when Jamie Lowham passed to Seamie O’Neill and he hit a rasper low and hard to the bottom right corner of the net to put Na Gaeil six ahead. The next three scores were for Na Gaeil when Diarmaid Herlihy fired over his 4th point of the afternoon followed by a Darragh Carmody pointed free and an Ian McCarthy point to leave Na Gaeil 9 points ahead at the whistle. Half time score: Na Gaeil 1-11; Beaufort 0-05.
Beaufort came out in the 2nd half with all guns blazing and soon whittled down Na Gaeil’s 9 point lead. Their corner forward Fergal Hallisey scored a point almost from the re-start and three minutes later Liam Carey burst through the Na Gaeil defence to score a great goal. Then Mike Breen and Liam Carey scored two more points for Beaufort to leave just a goal between the sides with 9 minutes gone in the 2nd half. But Na Gaeil steadied the ship and Darragh Carmody put over two pointed frees to stretch their lead to 5. Liam Carey pointed a free Beaufort on 13 minutes and then came the defining moment of the half when Beaufort were awarded a penalty for a foul on one of their forwards in the small square. Liam Carey stepped up and struck it low and hard to the right but it was brilliantly saved by Tadhg O’Neill in the Na Gaeil goal. Scores were hard to come by from there until the finish. Darragh Carmody pointed yet another free for Na Gaeil and Liam Carey and Na Gaeil’s Dan O’Connor exchanged points to leave the full time score; Na Gaeil1-15; Beaufort 1-10. If Beaufort had scored the penalty things might have different but Na Gaeil held out for a good win. Tadhg O’Neill had a great game between the posts for Na Gaeil. Eoin Doody and Andrew Barry played well in defence. Jack Barry and Stefan Okunbor held their own at midfield and up front Seamie O’Neill, Darragh Carmody, Jamie Lowham and Diarmaid Herlihy were effective. For Beaufort Cormac O’Connor and Ger Hartnett were strong in defence. Ronan Murphy played well in midfield and up front Liam Carey and Padraig Doona showed well.
Na Gaeil: Tadhg O’Neill, Dylan Brazil, Kieran Dineen, Eoin Doody, Kieran Donovan, David Culloty, Andrew Barry, Jack Barry, Stefan Okunbor(0-01), Seamie O’Neill(1-01),Mike Griffin, Ian McCarthy(0-01), Darragh Carmody(0-06),Jamie Lowham(0-01), Diarmaid Herlihy(0-4).Subs: Eoin O’Neill for Seamie O’Neill; Eoin Walsh for Ian McCarthy; Dara Devine for Jamie Lowham; Dan O’Connor(0-01) for Diarmaid Herlihy.
Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Michael J. O’Connor, Nathan Breen, Cormac O’Connor, Seán Kelliher, Ger Hartnett, James O’Reilly, Shane O’Sullivan(0-01), Ronan Murphy(0-02), Mike Breen(0-01), Liam Carey(1-03), Ronan Ferris, Niall O’Connor(0-01), Padraig Doona, Fergal Hallisey(0-02). Subs: Ronan Ferris for Shane O’Sullivan(inj), Francis Courtney(0-01) for Fergal Hallisey.