Beale GAA   07/10/2020

A deflated, sombre mood hung over team and supporters as it was not our day in Connolly Park on Sunday. Losing out by the bare minimum, we were left on the wrong side of the result at the final whistle in the semi-final of the County Junior Club Championship.

A strong cross-field, breeze made play difficult for both sides, with the swirling breeze controlling the ball and making it difficult to judge shots. We started much the better in the opening half, being first off the mark and leading at the first half water break by 0-5 to 0-4. Castlegregory got their foot in the game shortly after, pointing a free and took advantage of a mistake in our defence to rattle the net approaching the half hour mark.

Trailing 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval, we hit back two early points, levelling the score by taking advantage of the poor kickout. However, our opponents powered on from this, scoring three unanswered points and another goal, ten minutes after the second half got underway. We now trailed by six points and a great attacking move brought us back to within three points, as we raised the green flag within two minutes. Just 2 points separated the teams at the water break, 1-9 to 2-8.

The last quarter was physically demanding. Both sides made their impact known as the tackles were hard and cards were issued. Tempers flared as both sides were guilty of indiscipline and we were reduced to fourteen men, picking up a red card for a second bookable offence.

We added late points and the wind played havoc with possible kickable scores. In a hectic finale, Castlegregory maintained their advantage, as we scrambled for that elusive point to force the game into extra time. We got a chance to draw level but alas it was not to be. And so ended our hopes of a place in a county final. Time ran out and we ultimately fell just short on the day,  1-12 to 2-10.

Beale team: Seán Dee, Paul Collins, Jeremy King, John Griffin, Fionnán Toomey, Seamie O’Sullivan, Killian Walsh O’Boyle, Phillie Blake (0-1), Neilus Mulvihill, Ian Mannix, Cormac Linnane (0-4 (1F)), Conor Toomey, Darragh Buckley (1-2 (2F)), Ger O’Gorman (0-3 (2f)) and Eric Daly (0-2). Substitutes: Johnny O’Sullivan for Conor Toomey, Tom Joy for Ger O’Gorman and Barry O’Neill for Ian Mannix.

We have been delighted to work with Full Time Priductions in bringing the game live to supporters at home and away. Many thanks to Kevin Kelleher and his team.

Our focus now turns to the North Kerry Championship. We have been drawn against Desmonds in the semi-final. The pause button has been hit until Kerry complete their run in the All-Ireland.

Beale minors will compete Division 1A of the the North Kerry Jotty Holly Memorial Minor Championship (under-19). Our opening round game is on Monday, 26th October, when we take on Knocknagoshel/Brosna at 1 o’clock in Duagh. The other teams in Division 1A are Castleisland Desmonds and the combination side, Ballydonoghue/Ballylongford/Asdee/Clounmacon.  

Beale juniors contest the quarter final of the North Kerry Kieran Corridan Memorial Intermediate Cup on Saturday, 24th October, at 3.30pm against St Senans in Coolard.