Original Report: The Corkman, Saturday, August 10th, 1968.
By John Joe Brosnan.
Newmarket win Examiner Cup Final
NEWMARKET won the 1968 Examiner Cup final at Banteer on Sunday when they defeated the holders Cullen, by 1-6 to 0-1 in a game that provided the crowd with great amusement.
The cause of the fun was a pitch that was as slippery as a skating rink after pre-match shower. Players tumbled around all over the place, and balance became at least as important as football skill. On occasions a player had the exasperating experience of being all alone near the ball only to find himself sprawling on the ground a few feet from his objective while somebody else came up to steal the prize.
At other times players slipped up when about to kick the ball and looked on mournfully at the subsequent action as the crowd laughed at their embarrassment.
It all added up to a highly entertaining game in which the issue was in doubt until Newmarket goaled ten minutes from time. This score gave them a six-point lead. Prior to this, Cullen were well in the picture, for a goal would have brought them to level terms and they tried very hard to get it.
The forwards on both sides found it very hard to steady themselves before shooting, with the result that scores were kept to the minimum. It was three points to one in Newmarket’s favour a half-time. The first twenty minutes of the second half yielded only a single point to Newmarket but they had two more after scoring the goal.
The quality of the football was undistinguished but the game was enlivened by a great performance by Newmarket half-back Jack Collins, who was easily the most outstanding player afield.
The match was played on 3th of August in Banteer, Final score was Newmarket 1-6 to Cullen 0-1. The team on the day was as follows:
|Jim Culloty||Ted Feehin||P. J. Piggott|
|Jack Collins(0-1)||D. J. Daly||Con Collins|
|Billy Daly (0-2)||Neilus Collins (0-1, Capt.)|
|Michael Flanagan||Paudie Feehin||Michael O’Halloran(0-2)|
|P.J. Murphy||T. D. Cronin(1-0)||Eddie O’Sullivan|
|Subs: Donal Burke|
Referee – J. Cremin, Kiskeam.