O’Mal­ley: Af­ter fall­ing on hard times, the cur­rent side has re­vived in­ter­est

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

BEAU­FORT team man­ager Eanna O’Mal­ley had chal­lenged his charges to push on and de­liver on the suc­cess the Beau­fort club and its sup­port­ers des­per­ately de­sired. Plans didn’t go ex­actly to sched­ule in the Mun­ster Fi­nal, a calamity shortly be­fore throw-in with key link-man Liam Carey forced out of ac­tion ow­ing to a ham­string in­jury.

“To get in­jured in the warm-up was in­ex­pli­ca­ble as Liam was in ex­cel­lent shape. Most un­for­tu­nate on un­able to start, it was all about mak­ing a quick de­ci­sion, lit­er­ally Daragh Cof­fey was told just min­utes be­fore the throw-in of start­ing on the team,” he said.

At stages ei­ther side of the in­ter­val, out­siders Drom­tar­iffe ap­peared to hold a de­ter­mi­na­tion to upset the form book, O’Mal­ley re­vealed the favourites tag hadn’t placed a bur­den on Beau­fort.

“We were a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive com­ing here given a lack of com­pet­i­tive games, starved of tough games, given the Kerry cham­pi­onship had fin­ished last May, re­ly­ing on the county league to main­tain our fo­cus. Re­ally, its cham­pi­onship games that count, the man­tle of favourites didn’t worry us, our con­cern was the level of qual­ity ties en­coun­tered over re­cent weeks,” he said.

“Though go­ing ahead 1-2 to 0-1 in­side the open­ing eight min­utes, we were dis­ap­pointed on pass­ing up fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties. A team is al­ways go­ing to en­joy a pur­ple patch, we didn’t re­ally cap­i­talise, maybe that’s down to a lack of sharp­ness, Drom­tar­iffe set­tled, hit­ting us with two sucker goals and it took us a long spell to eat into the deficit,” said O’Mal­ley.

Hav­ing em­pha­sised their de­ter­mi­na­tion to land thrilling ti­tles in Kerry and Mun­ster, Beau­fort hit a new trail next month in the hope of main­tain­ing a proud King­dom tra­di­tion.

“Up to the Drom­tar­iffe game, we hadn’t looked be­yond Mun­ster but that’ s an­other cam­paign and it will re­quire a huge amount of work­load to achieve. Given, it will be a few weeks, hope­fully, it will al­low key play­ers Ro­nan Mur­phy, out since the Kerry County Fi­nal and Liam Carey, the chance to be in­volved,” said O’Mal­ley.

“Beau­fort is foot­ball mad, for a small club, the level of in­ter­est in the game is un­be­liev­able. We were in the wilder­ness for so many years, so much frus­tra­tion, fall­ing on hard times away from the glory days of the 1970/80s, the cur­rent side has re­vived in­ter­est and en­thu­si­asm within the club and com­mu­nity,” said a de­lighted O’Mal­ley.

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