Newmarket’s minor hurling team were defeated in their first league game of the season by St. Marks at Meelin on Thursday evening by 4-10 to 3-8.
The home side were first to score with a point but John Lane found the net for Newmarket in the ninth minute. The balance swung back in the favour of St. Marks when they scored two goals and two points, in succession by the eighteenth minute. John Lane and Bryan O’Connell knocked over points for Newmarket, but three more St Marks points left the half time score at 2-6 to 1-2.
John Lane had a goal for Newmarket within seconds of the second half but St Marks responded with a point and a third goal. Conor Cronin landed a fine long range point for Newmarket as two points were then exchanged. John Lane and Robert Stack added points as Newmarket bridged the gap to six points, 3-8 to 2-5 at the three quarter stage. A goal and point put St Marks in a commanding position but a determined Newmarket side refused to lie down. Conor Cronin who was in fine form hit two inspirational points before John Lane chipped in with a point and then his third goal of the game. As the game ran out to a conclusion, St Marks had the last point of an entertaining contest which ended 4-10 to 3-8.
The Newmarket team was…
|William O’Flynn||Brendan Stack||Andy Twomey|
|David Kelly||Conor Cronin (0-3)||Alan Forde|
|John Lane (3-3)||Billy Daly|
|Bryan O’Connell (0-1)||Robert Stack (0-1)||Damien Kelly|
|William Lehane||Ian Flanagan||Brian O’Connor|
|SUB: David Guiney|