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Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship Final ends in a Draw 2016-10-15 21:38:00


Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship Final
Beale 1-16 Fossa 3-10 (AET)

After an absorbing game at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this evening, Beale or Fossa could not be separated even after two periods of extra time. It was a game that first Fossa dominated and then Beale hit form before Fossa finished strongly only to be caught in injury time in normal time to force extra time. Beale looked to have their name on the cup as the clock ticked down in extra time but somehow Fossa conjured up three points to save the day and force a replay on a date to be decided.

Fossa had got the perfect start to the game with the elusive Tadhg O’Shea goaling in the third minute after a great move involving Matthew Rennie and Darragh Rice. Fossa added two more points before they struck for another goal in the 13th minute when Domhnall O’Sullivan put Paudie Clifford through and they led by 2-2 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Ger O’Gorman, a thorn in the Fossa defence all through, and Matthew Rennie swapped points but Fossa passed up a number of good chances of scores and taking heart from that, Beale struck for three well taken points in as many minutes from Ian Mannix, Cormac Linnane and Barry O’Mahony and then Ger O’Gorman brought a great save from Colin Myers in the 28th minute as Fossa led by 2-3 to 0-6 at the break.

Paudie Clifford pointed a free from 50 yards immediately on the restart to put Fossa 4 clear but they never kicked on from there and instead it was Beale who gradually worked their way into the game with points from play and a free by Ger O’Gorman before O’Gorman sliced his way through the Fossa defence for a capital goal in the 42nd minute to give Beale the lead 1-9 to 2-4. Domhnall O’Sullivan replied straight away with a good score for Fossa and then Beale were dealt a blow when Paul Collins was black carded for pulling down Paudie Clifford. O’Gorman, again, pointed a “45” and Fossa passed up a few chances of scores before Matthew Rennie was fouled in the square and Paudie Clifford made no mistake from the resultant penalty to put Fossa a point to the good with 60 minutes on the clock. Amid scenes of tremendous excitement from the small but vociferous attendance, Ger O’Gorman, who else, equalised; Tadhg O’Shea pointed Fossa in front and then Philly Blake saved Beale as the clock ticked into the 7th minute of additional time.
All square 1-12 for Beale to Fossa’s 3-6.

Ger O’Gorman and Darragh Buckley pointed in the first period of extra time with Domhnall O’Sullivan replying for Fossa and that period finished with Fossa’s Tadhg O’Shea palming to the net but the goal was disallowed for an illegal pass earlier in the move.1-14 to 3-7 at the break.

Darragh Buckley again and Cormac Linnane gave Beale what looked like a commanding three point lead but Fossa, despite only scoring 6 points in almost an hour and a half to that point, somehow produced three in as many minutes – two pointed frees and the equaliser from Matthew Rennie with the final play of the game in the 12th minute of that final period.

Scorers:
Beale;
Ger O’Gorman 1-8 (0-6 fr), Cormac Linnane and Darragh Buckley 0-2, Ian Mannix, Jas McMahon, Philly Blake and Barry O’Mahony 0-1 each.
Fossa: Tadhg O’Shea 1-4 (0-2 frees), Paudie Clifford 2-1 (1-1 frees), Domhnall O’Sullivan 0-3 (2 Fr), Matthew Rennie 0-2.

Junior Final sees Fossa and Beale in action in Austin Stack Park

The Castleisland Mart Junior Football Championship final will be decided on Saturday at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park where first time county finalists Fossa will play Beale at 4pm. These two side have had contrasting fortunes in the Senior Football League this year with Fossa riding high at the top of Division 3 under new manager John Evans while Beale have been going in the opposite direction being relegated from Division 3. That form is hardly going to make a big difference in a championship final that both sides have reached on merit.

Both teams were in the Novice grade last season and went down to opposition a grade higher than them in the Junior Qualifiers with Fossa losing to Dromid Pearses and Beale going down to Churchill. Both sides recovered well, Fossa defeating West Kerry opposition in Lispole and Castlegregory before accounting for old rivals Scartaglen in the semi final. Beale defeated Cromane and neighbours Asdee and then surprised Division 2 side Listry in the semi final.
With the Con Brosnan Cup up for grabs by the winners this encounter could get the weekend off to a great start.

Throw-in is at 4pm and referee is Jer Lynch of Ballymac (Note, Programme is incorrect).