Newmarkets minor hurlers recorded a narrow victory over St Marks in a league game played at Newmarket last Tuesday evening by 1-10 to 3-3.
John Lane got the opening score of the game when he pointed in the eighth minute with St Marks replying with an equalizer within a minute. Kevin O’Sullivan edged Newmarket in front for a second time but again St Marks tied the proceedings. Kevin O’Sullivan converted his second free before St Marks first goal gave them the lead after nineteen minutes. John Lane reduced the deficit with a point before Newmarkets hopes received a major boost when Robert Stack done very well to find the net from a narrow angle in the dying moments of the half. This gave Newmarket a lead of 1-4 to 1-2 at half time.
Newmarket resumed in fine form and increased their lead through points from Conor Cronin, John Lane and Brian O’Connell. St Marks responded when they hit back through an excellent individual goal. Kevin O’Sullivan pointed as the sides exchanged scores in a very closely and keenly fought contest. With the game entering the final minutes Nicky Flanagan struck two fine points to give Newmarket a four point lead. St Marks kept battling and had a third goal with the game coming to an end. However, there was still time to salvage a draw and it was only the brilliance of Newmarket goalkeeper John Ryan that kept their slender lead intact with a super last gasp save.
|William O’Flynn||John Scanlon||Brendan Stack|
|Conor Cronin (0-1)||David Guiney||David Kelly|
|Kevin O’Sullivan (0-3)||Brian O’Riordan|
|Brian O’Connell (0-1)||Nicky Flanagan (0-2)||Ian Flanagan|
|Robert Stack (1-0)||John Lane (0-3)||Richard O’Flynn|
|SUBS: Danny Quinlan|