by Mairead O’Sullivan
North Kerry Championship 2017
Sponsored by McMunns Ballybunion
Asdee 4-16 Knocknagoshel 0-06
Beale 1-14 St. Senans 1-09
Beale secured a Quarter Final spot in the North Kerry Championship when they had the upper hand on last year’s finalists, St Senans, in Ballybunion on Sunday. Played in beautiful autumnal conditions in Páirc de Staic, St. Senans opened the scoring with a free pointed by Sean O Connell in the first minute which was cancelled out by a Ger Gorman point after good work by Darragh Buckley in the 4th minute.Another Sean O Connell free from the sideline in the 5th minute was cancelled out by a Darragh Buckley point after a great run by Daniel Ellis.Sean O Connell and Ger Gorman swopped frees to leave the score tied after 15 minutes.Richie Nolan put Senans ahead with their first score from play and this was to be the last time they had their noses in front.Beale had at this stage begun to get on top in most areas of the pitch and some lovely interplay led to points from Ger Gorman and Ian Mannix before Tom Joy netted a great goal after a 1-2 with Ger Gorman.Daniel Ellis raised another white flag after another surging run to put Beale ahead 1-06 to 0-04 after 23 minutes.Brendan Whelan and Darragh Buckley swopped points and a further pointed free fron Sean O Connell left the home side with a four point cushion at the short whistle 1-7 to 0-6.
St. Senans were now fighting to stay in the Championship.They introduced Paudie Dillon,moved Brendan Whelan to the small square,David Foran to midfield and Sean O Connell to the forty and went at Beale with everything they had.Beale however were resolute in defence with Colm Kissane giving a master class at full back and young Toomey in the corner also catching the eye with his daring courageous play.Several Senans attacks were repelled and Beale scored three points on the break,two from the experienced James McMahon and another from the dangerous Darragh Buckley to leave the scoreboard reading Beale 1-10 St. Senans 0-06.Senans needed a goal and Cathal Kennelly provided it with a powerful shot low to the corner in the 40th minute but they could not build on this scoring three further points while Beale added four more points to leave the Final Score Beale 1-14 St. Senans 1-09. Beale now play the winners of Brosna/Finuge on Sunday, November 12th, in the Quarter Final.They will no doubt be buoyed by this victory,they produced a committed performance all over the pitch,they are resolute in defence,have a very hard working,energetic and young midfield pairing of Neilus Mulvihill and Daniel Ellis and up front they have forwards who are capable of picking the locks of the best defences.St. Senans will no doubt be disappointed to be out in the first round after their great run last year and while they were without several players, they tried everything they knew and stuck manfully to the task to the end as usual.Brendan Griffin warmed up for the County Final next weekend doing a fine job on the whistle and all in the NKB wish him the best next weekend.
Beale: Kenneth Mannix, Fionnán Toomey,, Colm Kissane, John Griffin, Philly Blake, Jeremy King, Shane Joy, Dan Ellis (0-1), Neilus Mulvihill, Cormac Linnane, Ger O’Gorman (0-7 (2f)), Ian Mannix (0-1), Tom Joy (1-0), James McMahon (0-2) and Darragh Buckley (0-3). Substitutes: Barry O’Mahony for Tom Joy (inj.), Paul Collins for Philly Blake, Seán Dee, Johnny O’Sullivan, Callum McSweeney, Rory Mulvihill, Paul Horgan, Tommy O’Neill, Stephen Linnane, Jake O’Connell, Colm Carolan, Gearóid Costello, John Martin Horgan, Cillian Courtney, Philip Hornyak and Killian Walsh-O’Boyle
St.Senans: Danny Quilter, Adrian Mahony, James O Donnell, Kieran Lyons, Donnacha Brosnan, Mike Keane, Bill Keane, Damien Somers, Brendan Whelan(0-01),Richie Nolan(0-01),David Foran,Eoin O Connell,Mark Behan, Sean O Connell(0-07f), Cathal Kennelly(1-00),Darragh Kennelly, Paudie Dillon for Richie Nolan(inj.h/t), Sean T Dillon for Adrian Mahony(22mins) Con O Keeffe for Bill Keane(45mins) Padraig Logue, Luke Ward
Byes: Listowel Emmets and Tarbert
Saturday 21st October @ 3.30pm E.T. – Ballylongford v Ballydonoghue
Sunday 22nd October: Moyvane v Duagh @ 12.30pm E.T.
Brosna v Finuge @ 12 noon E.T. | Ballyduff V Castleisland Desmonds @ 12 noon E.T
Minor North Kerry Championship
Jotty Holly Memorial Shield – Sponsored by O Connor Hardware and Farm Supplies
Division 1 – Semi Final
Castleisland Desmonds v Listowel Emmets – Saturday 21st October at 4.30pm – Venue: Knocknagoshel
Tommy Madden u13 North Kerry Championship
Sponsored by The Madden Family, Ballydonoghue
Final: Ballyduff V Moyvane Sun. 22nd Oct. 11am in Coolard