A STRING of second half points from Lorcan Daly were enough for Fossa to advance to a quarter-final meeting with Templenoe in the Novice Championship as they managed to hold off Beale by a single point at home on Saturday evening.
The North Kerry side were made to pay for some poor composure in front of the posts throughout. They missed two guilt edged chances in the opening 10 minutes, James McMahon squandering a huge opportunity in the fourth minute as he fisted a promising high ball wide with seemingly plenty of time available to consider his options.
Fossa goalkeeper Colin Myers saved from point blank range from the same player four minutes later but the home side weren't found wanting in front of goal themselves in the 18th minute when Paudie Clifford put Peter Shallow through for the East Kerry side's goal, only their second score of the match after Mark Dennehy put over their first point in the 11th minute.
While scores were hard to come by in the first half through a combination of some poor shooting and some decent defending, Myers had to be alert again in the 23rd minute when a Tom Joy effort threatened to sneak under the bar and into the net. Paudie Clifford's point on the stroke of half-time gave the home side a 1-3 to 0-4 lead during the interval.
Beale had suffered a setback prior to half-time when midfielder Karl Purtill had to be withdrawn through injury, Paul Collins taking his place but it was to be another substitute Shane Hanrahan who played a pivotal part in their goal. Hanrahan ran through the Fossa defence and though Myers saved his shot at goal, Paul Horgan was on hand to make sure there was no mistake this time as both sides were now level at 1-4 apiece.
Tadgh O'Shea and Lorcan Daly gave the home side the lead again but a deflection off the crossbar denied Shane Joy another goal chance in the 43rd minute as the ball went over for a point. A further brace for Daly and a Chris Myers point gave Fossa a 1-10 to 1-6 advantage with nine minutes left as Tom Joy was denied a point by a combination of the post and some good defending by Kevin O'Sullivan two minutes later.
Fintan Coffey brilliantly set up Daly for his sixth and final point with five minutes left but the home side were made to sweat on their eventual win as Declan Bambury and two points from Paul Horgan (who finished with a total of 1-4) had the game in the balance as the final whistle approached. The woodwork was Beale's nemesis once again however; Bambury hitting an effort at what probably would have been a deserved equaliser off the post as a subsequent effort from James McMahon went wide.
Coffey and Daly were the leading lights for Fossa in their narrow win but they know they will need to do better against a very fancied Templenoe outfit come the quarter-finals.
Fossa: Colin Myers, Jason Costello, Daniel O'Keeffe, Shane Hennigan, Daniel O'Sullivan, Anthony Wharton, Tommy Cronin, Mark Dennehy (0-1), Fintan Coffey, Peter Shallow (1-0), Chris Myers (0-1), Derry O'Sullivan, Paudie Clifford (0-1), Tadgh O'Shea (0-2, 1f), Lorcan Daly (0-6, 1f). Subs: Daniel O'Connell for Cronin and Stephen Devane for Costello.
Beale: Sean Dee, Phillip Blake, Jeremy King, Tom Hayes, Diarmuid Crowe, Cormac Walsh, Shane Joy (0-1), Karl Purtill, Brian Wall (0-1), Ian Mannix (0-1), Barry O'Mahony, Tom Joy, James McMahon (0-2, 1f), Paul Horgan (1-4, 2f), Declan Bambury (0-1). Subs: Paul Collins for Purtill, Shane Hanrahan for Crowe and Jamie Culloty for O'Mahony.
Referee: Paul Hayes (O'Rahillys)