Brilliant Beaufort reach All-Ireland final

IT was not exactly a case of anything Kilcummin can do we can do too but brilliant Beaufort will join their near neighbours in Croke Park on February 9 after qualifying for the final of the All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship,

They worked their way back from being three points down at half-time to edge out Dundalk Young Irelands of Louth, on a 0-12 to 0-10 scoreline, on a day in Portlaoise when goals were hard to come by.

Ronan Murphy and Fergal Hallissey were on target for Beaufort in the early stages but, to be truthful, Dundalk looked the better side for much of the opening half as they built up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead.

A Fergal Hallissey free was Beaufort’s first score for 15 minutes and Liam Carey added another just before to leave Eanna O’Malley’s side 0-7 to 0-4 behind.

Fergal Hallissey and Padraig Doona cut the gap and, on a day when it was all about the small margins, Beaufort received a timely boost when Dundalk were reduced to 14 men.

Ciaran Kenendy pointed and two Hallissey frees put the Kerry champions a point ahead as the game entered the final quarter and although Young Ireland levelled, a Liam Carey point gave Beaufort a boost.

A Ciaran Kennedy point sealed it for it Beaufort who can now plan for a glory day in Croke Park when they face Red Hughs of Donegal.

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