Newmarket were defeated by Killavullen in the first round of the Premier Intermediate Football Championship, in an entertaining contest played at sun drenched Charleville on Sunday afternoon by 0-12 to 0-9.
Killavullen had the first score of the game in the second minute, but Seanie Francis O’Connor tied the sides, converting a free within a minute. Newmarket were then very unfortunate to see a Seanie Francis O’Connor shot crash off the crossbar after some fine link up play, with Colin O’Sullivan quickest to react to the rebound but his goalbound shot was also saved. Killavullen proceeded to kick over four points in quick succession before Seanie Francis O’Connor scored Newmarkets second point. Killavullen swept further ahead on adding threee points and enjoyed an 0-8 to 0-2 advantage after nineteen minutes. Newmarket however upped their performance considerably for the remainder of the half. T.J. Bodie scored two points, with Denys O’Brien and Seanie Francis O’Connor also on target. The half came to a conclusion with Newmarket definitely on top and enjoying their best period of the game, but it was Killavullen who turned over in front by 0-8 to 0-6.
The second half resumed with Killavullen first off the mark after five minute. Despite playing with the aid of the breeze, Newmarket struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard and saw a number of scorable opportunities from both frees and play go to waste. Denys O’Brien did score a fine pointÂ and Seanie Francis O’Connor was also on target, which left the score 0-9 to 0-8 entering a tense final quarter. Killavullen found their scoring boots with three unanswered points, the last one coming from a penalty to assume control as time ran out for Newmarket. Battle as they did a Seanie Francis O’Connor point was all that Newmarket could muster as time ran out on their challenge.
Newmarket had a few fine individual performances on the day. James Morgan was his ever as usual reliable self, John McSweeney and Mark Reidy were solid in defence while Jerry McCarthy had a fine game at midfield.
The Newmarket side was…
|Dermot Moynihan||John McSweeney||Mark Reidy|
|Trevor Murphy||Brian Daly||Bart Daly|
|Denys O’Brien (0-2)||Jerry McCarthy|
|David O’Flynn||Seanie Francis O’Connor (0-5)||T.J. Bodie (0-2)|
|John Lane||Colin O’Sullivan||Tony O’Keeffe|
|SUB: Nicky Flanagan|