Second-half goals from substitute Darragh Coffey and Ronan Ferris proved crucial. And a man-of-the-match performance by centre-back Ronan Murphy (who scored three points) was one of the keys to Beaufort’s win as they turned a 0-3 to 0-0 deficit after 11 minutes into a 0-5 to 0-4 lead at half-time.
A fine save from Milltown/Castlemaine goalkeeper Cormac Leane denied Liam Carey after 26 minutes and prevented that lead from being more but Milltown/Castlemaine found themselves too reliant on Cathal Moriarty and Jonathon O’Sullivan on the day as they were guilty of over-elaboration at times.
Although they conceded the first three points of the second-half, Mike Breen set Coffey up for the goal in the 39th minute that put Beaufort 1-5 to 0-7 in front.
Ferris fisted the ball home for their second goal 10 minutes later and a 2-8 to 0-8 advantage but Milltown/Castlemaine made a late charge, a Pa Wrenn interception leading to a goal for Moriarty with three minutes left. But a black card for O’Sullivan as the game entered injury time was indicative of their frustration at not finding an equaliser before the final whistle.
D Coffey, R Ferris (1-0 each); R Murphy (0-3); F Courtney (0-2 frees); P Doona, N O’Connor and L Carey (1f) (0-1 each)
C Moriarty (1-3, 1f), J O’Sullivan (0-5, 4f), S Murphy and D Kelliher (0-1 each) TEAMS:
M Moriarty; MJ O’Connor, N Breen, C O’Connor; G Hartnett, R Murphy, J O’Reilly; S O’Sullivan, F Courtney; M Breen, L Carey, R Ferris; N O’Connor, P Doona, F Hallissey.
D Coffey for Hallissey (37), S Foley for Courtney (42), S Kelliher for O’Reilly (47) and D Healy for Breen (54).
C Leane; S Roche, D Murphy, E O’Brien; P Carroll, M Mangan, P Wrenn; M Burke, D Roche; S Murphy, D Kelliher, J Hayes; C Moriarty, G Horan, J O’Sullivan.
K O’Connor for Horan (41), S Dowd for O’Brien (53) and J McCarthy for O’Sullivan (BC, 60)
P Hayes (Kerins O’Rahillys)