Beaufort convincing winners over Glenbeigh/Glencar in Rd 5 of the County League – 26/05/’18

Beaufort 2-12 Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-08.

On a beautiful sunny evening, in Coughlan Park Beaufort, both sides lined out needing some valuable League points.

At the end of the opening quarter of the game the sides were level. Stephen O’ Sullivan opening the scoring with a point for Glenbeigh/Glencar after 5 minutes. However, less than a minute later, Ronan Ferris for Beaufort buried the ball into the back of the Glenbeigh/Glencar net after Liam Carey’s shot was saved and ricocheted back into Ronans’ path. The next 2 points were both from the boot of Tommy Cahill for Glenbeigh/Glencar in the 7th minute, from a 25 metre free, and again in the 9th minute.

The 2nd quarter of the match saw Beaufort gradually pull away from their opposition. In the 16 minute Fergal Hallissey point a 20 metre free for Beaufort. 2 minutes later Tommy Cahill also pointed for Glenbeigh/Glencar from a 20 metre free but this would be their last score for 15 minutes. 3 points from Beaufort swiftly followed, all from play. in the 19th minute Ciaran Kennedy slotted over a point a nice solo run. Ronan Ferris followed a minute later with another point and, from a very tight angle, Jeremiah O’ Sullivan kicked a lovely point in the 25th minute. Beaufort’s final score of the 1st half came from a 30 metre free which Fergal Hallissey dutifully slotted over the bar. In the 3rd minute of added time, at the end of the half, Tommy Cahill pointed a 30 metre free for Glenbeigh/Glencar leaving the half time score:

Beaufort 1-05 Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-05

The opening minutes of the 2nd half saw Beaufort really assert their dominance on the game, notching up 1-02 before Glenbeigh/Glencar were able to score again.

Fergal Hallissey popped over the first of these points in the 32nd minute and less than 30 seconds later Ronan Ferris took his 2nd goal opportunity to push Beaufort further in front. Liam Carey took his scoring opportunity when he slotted a point over the bar in the 34th minute.

The next 2 scores would both come from Glenbeigh/Glencar both points from frees thanks to the boot of Tommy Cahill in the 36th and 40th minutes. However, this period of the game was dominated by Glenbeigh/Glencar, with the majority of play in Beauforts’ half but they failed to capitalise on this.

In the 42nd minute a high ball in from Liam Carey right in front of the Glenbeigh/Glencar goal saw Nathan Breen fisting it over the bar for another Beaufort point. Then, following a poor kick out, Jonathan Kissane took his opportunity well and Beaufort notched up another point. Glenbeigh/Glencar’s hopes were dealt a further blow in the 45th minute when Bernard Murphy was sent off after receiving his 2nd yellow card for a high tackle on Ciaran Kennedy. The resulting 40 metre free was well taken by Fergal Hallissey and Beaufort now led 2-10 to 0-07.

From a very tight angle near the side line Tommy Cahill took his scoring opportunity in the 47th minute and put another point on the board for Glenbeigh/Glencar. Bodies were beginning to tire as they headed into the final 10 minutes of the match, the beautiful evening a tad too warm perhaps for football. Fergal Hallissey notched up another point for Beaufort in the 53rd minute before Tommy Cahill slipped the ball passed Mike Moriarty in the Beaufort goals in the 53th minute. The final score of the match would come for Beaufort from Ian McGillycuddy. And thus ending the match. Final score:

Beaufort 2-12 Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-08

Beaufort Team: 1. Mike Moriarty 2.Michael J O’ Connor 3.Gerard Hartnett 4.Sean Kelliher 5.Jonathan Kissane (0-1) 6. Mike Breen 7.Jeremiah O’ Sullivan (0-1) 8.Nathan Breen (C)(0-1) 9. Ronan Murphy 10.Liam Carey (0-1)11. Ciaran Kennedy(0-1) 12. Fergal Hallissey (0-5) 13. Daragh Coffey 14.Padraig Doona 15. Ronan Ferris (2-01).
Subs: Padraig O’ Sullivan for Padraig Doona, James Reilly for Jonathan Kissane, Padraig Hartnett for Mike Breen, Sean Foley for Ronan Murphy, Brendan Cronin for Liam Carey and Ian McGillycuddy (0-1) for Jeremiah O’ Sullivan.

Glenbeigh/Glencar Team: 1.Leon Seidler 2. Sean Roche 3.Jerry Hoare 4.Ciaran Doyle (C)5. Oisin O Connor 6. Stephen O Sullivan (0-1) 7.Shane Riordan 8. Colin McGillycuddy 9.Fergal Griffin 10. Dara Casey 11.Caolim Teahan 12.Tommy Cahill (1-07)
13. Jason McKenna 14. Gavan O Grady 15. Bernard Murphy
Subs: Michael Walsh for Stephen O’ Sullivan, Daniel Griffin for Dara Casey, Kieran Courtney for Gavan O’ Grady, Calvin Teahan for Caolim Teahan and Gearoid Griffin for Shane Riordan.

Referee: James O’ Connor (Scartaglen)

Beaufort Minors victorious in the Division 4 Final of the County League 18/05/’18.

Beaufort 4-14 Beale 4-07

Beaufort minors overcame Beale in the County League Div.4 Final in Ballymac.. The game was always going to be a very close affair, with Beale having previously beaten Beaufort in the league.

The first half saw the teams match up score for score with very little between them, but a goal from Ian MacGillycuddy and points from Jack O’ Connor, Eoin O’ Hagan, William Joy, Sean O Brien and Darragh Dennehy put Beaufort 2 points ahead going in at half time.

Half time: Beaufort 1-8 Beale 1-6

The second half began slowly, with no score from either team for the first 9 minutes. A free from William Joy put Beaufort up 3 points, but this was quickly followed by a goal from Beale and the sides were level yet again. Jack O Connor and Darragh Dennehy worked very well together, scoring 1-2 between them in quick succession, and Beaufort led by 5 with 15 minutes left. Beaufort were then given two black cards, firstly Ian MacGillycuddy, followed by Sean Coffey less than 5 minutes later. Beale went on to score a penalty, but this was quickly followed by a goal from Sean O Brien down the other end, and then a goal from Darragh Dennehy.

Beaufort really stepped up to the mark with great performances from every Beaufort player. In a game with 11 minutes of injury time, Beale then scored another penalty but points from Jack O Connor and Darragh Dennehy ensured Beaufort’s victory, as Beaufort won on a scoreline of 4-14 to 4-7. Well done to Jack O Connor who also received the player of the match award.

Beaufort Team: Seán Coffey, Keith Suter, Ciaran O Sullivan,Seán Kissane
Shane o Sullivan Rouse, Mark Neary, Liam O Connor, Ian McGillycuddy,
Jack Hallissey, Eoin O Hagan, Sean O Brien, Jack Sweeney, Darragh Dennehy
Jack O Connor, William Joy

Subs: Patrick Crehan, Ethan Coffey, Jack Coffey, Martin Sears, Ryan Hartnett, Jack O Leary, Eddie Lonergan.

Beaufort U12 girls showing great form in the 2nd round of Division 1 in the County league 15/05/’18.

Beaufort 5-08 Rathmore 5-05

After a slow start to the competition by Beaufort losing to Southern Gaels at home the previous week, Beaufort travelled to Rathmore for the second round of County League Division 1.

Conditions were ideal for football and the Beaufort Ladies were keen to show they were serious competitors in the highest division in U12 Kerry football. Coming to Rathmore in search of points would indeed be a big ask, as it is at any grade of Gaelic football.

Beaufort set out their stall early putting up solid defence under relentless pressure from the home team. Recycling ball with efficiency and speed, providing fast ball to the forward line while facing into a stiffening breeze. Standout performances from Amy Breen and April O’Reilly in defence and Grainne Kennedy(1-0)and Bronagh Dorrian in central field were pivotal in Beaufort gaining the edge in a very close and at times physical encounter. Up front Ava O’Malley (2-3) as ever put in a hard and determined shift, providing intelligent ball to the full forward line, resulting in two very clinically taken goals by Beaufort full forward Niamh Dorrian (2-1).

At half time Beaufort held a slender two point lead, which was probably a fair reflection on a very evenly and fairly contested first half.

Half time: Beaufort 1 – 2 Rathmore 1 – 4

The second half started as the first ended with the titanic battle at midfield resuming,’ no quarter asked and no quarter given’. Goals from Grainne Kennedy and Ava O’Malley, points from Katie O’Donoghue (0-3), Ava O’Malley and Ava Casey kept Beaufort with their noses in front.As the clock ticked the ball ricochet from one goal to the other, posts were grazed and crossbars were rattled. Referee Donal Casey had a busy evening keeping up with the frantic pace.

With a few minutes of time to play a long range Rathmore point effort came back off the crossbar and striking the outstretched Beaufort centre back April O’Reilly in the back found its way into the Beaufort net. Rathmore leading now by one solitary point.

Beaufort rallied and rained assault after assault on the Rathmore goal. Somehow the industrious Ava O’Malley picked her way through the congested crowed and sent a daisy cutter into the far bottom corner of the Rathmore net, bringing her tally for the day to 2 – 3. Beaufort ahead by two points.

Rathmore squared up for their kick out, one last chance of attack it seemed to secure a result. The keeper kick a high long kick down her right wing where Rathmore had the Beaufort wing forward Sophie O’Sullivan out-numbered two to one. Sophie rose to the challenge, out jumping the Rathmore girls and bursting forward with determination and confidence, taking her hop, one quick glance at the posts and bang. An arrow like text book shot arced high and split the posts. Game over, the winning score.

On the final whistle you could hear a pin drop even the crowed were exhausted, the post match handshake was subdued, the victorious too tired to celebrate, Rathmore too tired to ask why.

Welcome to Division 1 Football Beaufort U12 Ladies.

Beaufort Team Panel:

1. Kayla Kelliher 2. Leanne Coffey 3. Amy Breen 4. Keeva Coffey

5. Clodagh Foley 6. April o’Reilly 7.Rebekah Clarke

8.Grainne Kennedy 9. Bronagh Dorrian 10. Sophie o’Sullivan 11. Ava O’Malley

12. Katie O’Donoghue 13. Ava Casey 14. Niamh Dorrian 15 Aishling o’Sullivan

Subs: 16. Maria Cullinane, 17. Robyn Landers, 18.Kate Mangan, 19.Alicia Coffey

Beaufort reign supreme in County Junior Premier Final Sunday 6/05/’18.

Beaufort 4-13 Na Gaeil 2-18

The County Junior Premier curtain raiser was one of those truly great county finals that neither Beaufort nor Na Gaeil deserved to lose but Beaufort prevailed by a point after extra time on a 4-13 to 2-18 score-line.

It was a game that displayed what is best about football when it is played properly and both Beaufort and Na Gaeil deserve huge credit for battling it out, man to man in the trenches and it was the Mid Kerry side who prevailed by a single point.

Na Gaeil raced 0-4 to 0-0 in front inside the opening ten minutes, Jack Barry kicking a massive point but Beaufort got a goal from Fergal Hallissey after the Na Gaeil fullback line failed to deal with a Liam Carey cross.

Okunbor for Na Gaeil was brilliant at fullback and later at midfield as his team led 0-10 to 1-5 at half time as Beaufort only converted 46% of their chances while Na Gaeil were on 83% with Andrew Barry and Diarmuid O’Connor to the fore.

But Beaufort never panicked as is the won’t of top flight sides and Na Gaeil did not score in the third quarter as Beaufort moved two clear. Na Gaeil thanks to Diarmuid O’Connor and Darragh Carmody restored a two point leading entering injury time but Beaufort levelled through points from Liam Carey and Ciarán Kennedy.

Extra time was incredible as a Dara Devine goal and two points saw Na Gaeil move five points clear but Beaufort took advantage of poor defending to score two rapid goals from Ronan Murphy and Padraig Doona for an eight point swing.

Na Gaeil thanks to two Devine frees cut the gap to a point but Beaufort with Nathan Breen, Mike Breen, Ronan Murphy and Liam Carey outstanding then struck the killer blow when the Na Gaeil keeper was caught in no man’s land and Ciarán Kennedy finished to the net.

But Jack Barry refused to give up and when Andrew Barry crossed, Diarmuid O’Connor finished to the Beaufort net and it was a one point game and one minute left. Na Gaeil and Okunbor were in possession when the referee blew for full time and Beaufort were winners but it was some exhibition of attacking football and a feast for the large crowd who witnessed a classic.

Beaufort Scorers: Fergal Hallissey (1-4, 3 frees, ’45), Ciarán Kennedy (1-3), Liam Carey (0-4, 2 frees), Ronan Murphy and Padraig Doona (1-0 each), Niall O’Connor and Daragh Coffey (0-1 each)

BEAUFORT Team: Mike Moriarty; Michael J O’Connor, Gerard Hartnett, Sean Kelliher; James O’Reilly, Mike Breen, Jonathon Kissane; Nathan Breen , Ronan Murphy; Padraig Doona , Liam Carey , Fergal Hallissey; Niall O’Connor , Ciarán Kennedy ( 0-1) , Ronan Ferris

Subs: Darragh Coffey for Ronan Ferris (35), Ian McGillycuddy for James O’Reilly (52), Cormac O’Connor for James O’Reilly (e/t), Pádraig O’Sullivan for Liam Carey (e/t)

Referee: Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)
Great thanks to our sponsor MF Decorating.