Wednesday 20 February 2019

Hallissey fires Beaufort to final

All-Ireland Club JFC: Beaufort 0-12 Young Irelands Dundalk 0-10

'Hallissey reeled in the deficit and gave Beaufort the lead for the first time since the opening score with his first from play' Stock image: Sportsfile
'Hallissey reeled in the deficit and gave Beaufort the lead for the first time since the opening score with his first from play' Stock image: Sportsfile

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Beaufort edged into this year's junior decider with two points to spare over Dundalk Young Irelands in a thrilling comeback at O'Moore Park.

Fergal Hallissey had the mid-Kerry side in the ascendancy for the second half; the wing-forward accounted for half of the Kerry sides total.

Beaufort needed his football intellect to break down a well-drilled Dundalk side who led by four early in the second half.

The Louth men, spurred on by three first-half points from county man Derek Maguire, took an unexpected 0-7 to 0-4 lead at the break.

On the re-start it was all Beaufort, Hallissey punishing the opposition's indiscipline with Seán McLoughlin receiving a second yellow.

Hallissey reeled in the deficit and gave Beaufort the lead for the first time since the opening score with his first from play.

Jordan O'Donoghue (two), Ciarán Kennedy, Liam Carey and Hallissey (free) pushed the Kerry team over the line.

Scorers - Beaufort: F Hallissey 0-6 (5f); L Carey 0-2, C Kennedy 0-2 each; R Murphy, P Doona 0-1 each. Dundalk Young Irelands: Derek Maguire 0-4, J O'Donoghue 0-4 (4f); Dean Maguire, K Keelan 0-1 each.

BEAUFORT - M Moriarty; C O'Connor, G Hartnett, S Kelliher; J O'Sullivan, J Kissane, N Breen; R Murphy, M Breen; P O'Sullivan, F Hallissey, P Doona; N O'Connor, C Kennedy, R Ferris. Subs: L Carey for P O'Sullivan (26), MJ O'Connor for J O'Sullivan (38), I McGillycuddy for C O'Connor (43), D Healy for N O'Connor (56), D Coffey for R Ferris (65).

DUNDALK YOUNG IRELANDS - F Sheekey; S Bellew, C Murray, P McCourt; P Nixon, Derek Maguire, C O'Nairaigh; S McLoughlin, D Rogers; J O'Donoghue, C O'Donoghue, K Keelan; M Savage, D Mone, Dean Maguire. Subs: A Sheekey for D Rogers (34), S Azeeze for C O'Donoghue (42), A Rogers for C O'Nairaigh (43) J Lynch for A Sheekey (60).

REF - S Lonergan (Tipperary).

Lindsay strike leads Easkey home

Easkey 1-8 Red Hughs 0-9

A 44th-minute goal by James Lindsay provided the platform for an Easkey victory over Ulster champions Red Hughs in an entertaining duel at Ballinamore yesterday.

The Sligo side went in front after 28 seconds with a point by full-forward Ryan McKenna, who was influential throughout.

The equally impressive Declan Browne replied with a pointed free for Red Hughs, but Easkey pulled ahead to lead 0-7 to 0-3 at the break.

Red Hughs reduced the arrears on the resumption with a pointed free from Browne followed by a point by Ódhran Doherty.

However, Easkey, led by Joe McHugh, Dylan Sloyan, McKenna and Kevin Duffy, took control and when Lindsay landed his goal they led by five points.

In an exciting finale Red Hughs staged a late revival, scoring three unanswered points through Browne, sub Johnny Carlin and Calvin Bradley, but despite five minutes of added-time Easkey held out.

Scorers - Easkey: J Lindsay 1-0,R McKenna 0-4, (0-1f), J McHugh 0-2; K Duffy, A Kilcullen 0-1 each.

Red Hughs: D Browne 0-6 (5fs), J Carlin, Ó Doherty, C Bradley 0-1 each.

EASKEY - S Kilgallon, I Barrett ,N McGuire, J Feeney, É Boylan, R McHugh, J Lindsay, E Mullen, M Gordon, D Sloyan, J McHugh, E Healy, A Kilcullen, R McKenna, K Duffy. Subs: J Conway for K Duffy (59), D Brennan for É Moylan (64), B McGrath for E Healy (69).

RED HUGHS - C Kelly, C Doherty, E Browne, S McGlinchey, P McGlinchey, R Kelly, S McMenamin, T McMenamin,D Browne, P McMenamin,G Melaugh, Ó Doherty, S Gallagher, C Bradley, G Kelly. Subs: C Melaugh for C Doherty (44), J Carlin for Ó Doherty(50).

Ref - P Maguire (Longford).

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