After a tough game against a strong opposition in Dundalk Young Irelanders, Beaufort emerged victorious in the AIB GAA Junior Club Championship semi-final in Portlaoise on Sunday. Beaufort were against a strong breeze in the first half, and while Ronan Murphy registered the first score of the game, Dundalk YI scored the next three points without reply. Two frees from Fergal kept the scoreboard ticking over, and Liam added another point after coming off the bench just before half time, leaving Beaufort trailing by 3 points at half time, 0-7 to 0-4. Beaufort began the second half on a much better note, with a free from Fergal followed by a point from Padraig Doona. Dundalk YI were soon reduced to 14 men when their midfielder received a black card, having already received a yellow. A point from Dundalk YI was quickly answered by a point from Ciarán, and with 15 minutes to play Beaufort levelled the game with a free from Fergal. Beaufort went ahead for the first time with 11 minutes to go after brilliant fielding by Mike led to a point from Fergal. Another free from Fergal and further points from Liam and Ciarán ensured that Beaufort emerged as winners on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-10, securing their place in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on the 9th February.
Team: Mike Moriarty, Cormac O’Connor, Ger Hartnett, Seán Kelliher, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Mike Breen, Jonathan Kissane, Nathan Breen, Ronan Murphy, Padraig O’Sullivan, Padraig Doona, Fergal Hallissey, Niall Connor, Ciarán Kennedy, Ronan Ferris. Subs: Liam Carey for Padraig O’Sullivan, Michael John O’Connor for Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Ian McGillicuddy for Cormac O’Connor, Danny Healy for Niall O’Connor, Daragh Coffey for Ronan Ferris