Beaufort 4-09 Vs. Dr. Croke’s 1-03
With All Ireland finals to be lost and won these girls had a final of their own to win with the training exhausted all the hard work done and still 60 minutes of football to play before freedom.
The game started with Crokes working hard and well up for the game. They closed down Beauforts play and invited them into hard challenges in the early stages Jade Potts looking strong early in the game fielding high balls with ease and carrying the game to Beaufort pointed a free in the 2nd.
Saoirse Dorrian adding a typical Beaufort goal on the 5th while Potts put over a free on the 8th and kicking a fine point from play on the 9th, her former Kerry team mate Leanne Hayes was taking no cheek from her answering with a free of her own on the 9th and a well worked point on the 10th, Saoirse Dorrian recycled the ball when hit hard by the Crokes defence to create a point for Emma Kissane on the 11th. A lot of the Crokes play going through Potts and comfortable on the ball she found the net on the 15th to level the game but Hayes popped up again on the 20th with the ball well won in the Beaufort defence and well worked forward when Leanne broke through it looked like she would find the net but met a hard challenge which left Holly Powers on the ground one would think it should be a penalty but a free was awarded Saoirse Dorrian placed it over the bar to give Beaufort a narrow 1point lead at half time. 1-4 to 1-3.
Lucky to be a head in the half and work to be done the dressing room could be interesting, energy levels raised and a reminder of the way they could play and a distinct relay on stopping Crokes playing, spread the ball wide breaks the tackle and away you go. Saoirse Dorrian taking a hard knock late in the first half still a bit shook narrowly kicking a free wide on the 5th Kerry might have David Clifford but we have Holly Clifford and her ability to win the ball hold up the play, find a pass, she kicked two well wanted points in the 6th and 7th before Hayes popped up with a well worker goal in the 12th. Beaufort were starting to play as they do with free flowing football support play and defending until death they took control of the game forced every play of the half isolating key Crakes players scores were going to come. Emily Kissane through on goal on the 15th put the ball over the crossbar .As of usual Beaufort forcing the Crokes kick out winning it and pushing forward Holly Clifford placed a fine finish to the net. Hayes and Dorrian found the target in the 20th and the 22nd with two well worked points. Beaufort were still pushing forward and looking dangerous the ball being well worked with a series of great passing moves the ball was blasted to the net by Emma kissane to finish the Beaufort scoring. Unfortunately Dr Crokes did not score in the half it wasn’t for their hard work but Beaufort fitness and ball work was hard to handle over the last few weeks.
Juillette Murphy collected the trophy from David Randles on behalf of the East Kerry Board and was not found short of a few words.
Another season over nights drawing in the fires on but besides that, these are an exceptional bunch of young players to work with they listen, listen and learn they use what they listen to and learn with exceptional football talent they have achieved what they have achieved this year as a team. Thank you from Eamonn and Mike for your time willingness to progress and learn for your patience and dedication throughout the year, congratulations on your achievements be proud of your hard work.
For the parents thank you for all you hard work driving to and from training and matches affording us the opportunity to coach and progress your kids.
Beaufort Team: Orla O’Brien, Hannah O’Conor, Ciara Casey, Ciara Cronin, Kate Murphy, Juliette Murphy, Meadhbh Kissane, Meadbh C Horgan, Kerry Eagar, Saoirse Dorrian (1-02), Leanne Hayes (1-03), Holly Clifford (1-02), Emma Kissane (1-01), Emily Kissane (0-01), Adel O’Brien. Subs:- Katie Joy, Cora Coffey, Lauren Foley, Lola Eagar, Emily Coleman, Tara Foley, Lucy Breen, Ethain O’Shea, Sinead Barrett, Grainne Clifford.