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Junior Club Champ: S/F Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-18, Beaufort 0-11 2015-10-17 21:22:00

Castleisland Mart Junior Football Championship Semi Final

Glenbeigh/Glencar book spot in County Junior Football Final
Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-18, Beaufort 0-11

Glenbeigh/Glencar progressed to the Final of the Castleisland Mart County Junior Championship following victory over local rivals Beaufort in JP O'Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Saturday evening. However, a slow start by the 2013 finalists meant that it was Beaufort that took an early lead. Following traded points between Darragh Coffey and Darran O'Sullivan in the opening minutes, further points from Coffey and Kevin O'Brien (3, 2 frees) put Beaufort ahead by 0-5 to 0-1 after 10 minutes. Jack Brosnan and a Gavan O'Grady free reduced the gap to two on the quarter mark. Jason McKenna produced the best from Mike Moriarty in the Beaufort goal who saved the corner forward's shot, while two pointed frees from Beaufort's Kevin O'Brien and a super point from distance by Glenbeigh's Bernard Murphy kept the scoreboard operator busy. Beaufort held a 0-7 to 0-4 lead into the closing stages of the half, but two pieces of individual class from Gavan O'Grady led to two points to leave the minimum between the sides at the break - the first point coming from a fisted effort from O'Grady after rounding and outpacing his marker along by the end line, while the second was a phenomenal effort from an almost impossible angle. The Score at Half Time:- Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-6, Beaufort 0-7.
Glenbeigh/Glencar levelled the score and indeed took their first lead of the game after 3 minutes of the half, with O'Grady scoring a brace for his side. Darragh Coffey then had a goal chance for Beaufort, but his effort deflected off Pa Kilkenny and out for a 45'. Fergal Hallissey excellently pointed the 45' to tie up the scores at 0-8 a piece after 37 minutes, but that was about as good as it would get for Beaufort. Six points in the next 8 minutes put Glenbeigh/Glencar in control - Jason McKenna (2), Gavan O'Grady (free), Tommy Cahill (2 frees), and Darran O'Sullivan with the scores - and with a quarter to play, Glenbeigh led by 0-14 to 0-8. Glenbeigh/Glencar closed out the game by outscoring Beaufort by 4 points to 3 -Kevin O'Brien slotted 3 frees for Beaufort while O'Grady (2, 1 free), Joe McGillycuddy and Podge Griffin put the gloss on a well deserved victory. Final score: Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-18, Beaufort 0-11.
A game of two halves in its truest form, Beaufort put themselves in a strong position after a great first half showing, but the late half scores by Glenbeigh/Glencar set them up for a dominant second half. Kevin O'Brien was flawless in his place kicking with 7 frees (0-8 in total), while Shane O'Sullivan showed constant energy and effort. Pa Kilkenny grew into the game and was a driving force in the second half while Bernard Murphy and Darran O'Sullivan were impressive throughout. However, it was the class of Gavan O'Grady that stood out on the day and some of his score taking was worth the admission price alone. Glenbeigh/Glencar now move on to face Templenoe or Firies in the County Junior Championship Final.

Glenbeigh/Glencar: Rory O'Connor, Vincent Hoare, Fergal Griffin, Kieran Doyle, Jack Brosnan (0-1), Pa Kilkenny, Joe McGillycuddy (0-1), Colin McGillycuddy, Jeremiah Hoare, Stephen O'Sullivan, Darran O'Sullivan (0-2), Bernard Murphy (0-1), Jason McKenna (0-2), Gavan O'Grady (capt) (0-8, 3f), Tommy Cahill (0-2f). Subs Caolim Teahan, Daniel Griffin, Kieran Courtney, Podge Griffin (0-1), Eugene Courtney.
Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Padraig Hartnett, Ger Hartnett (capt), James O'Reilly, Shane O'Sullivan, Mike Breen, Nathan Breen, Ronan Murphy, Francis Courtney, Fergal Hallissey (0-1), Liam Carey, Padraig O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Brien (0-8, 7f), Padraig Doona, Darragh Coffey (0-2). Subs: Danny Healy, Michael John O'Connor, Alan Courtney, Michael O'Sullivan.