Newmarket bowed out of this years Premier Intermediate football championship when they were defeated by Glanmire 1-15 to 3-5, in an exciting contest at a Ballyclough venue that survived severe thunder showers for hours before the game.
As the game began, the conditions receded and various showers during the game failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the players and patrons for the hour.
Glanmire pointed within seconds of the start but Newmarket were boosted when their first foray forward ended with a speculative shot from Jerry McCarthy finding the net, still in the first minute. T.J. Bodie and Barry O’Leary pointed as Newmarket impressed in the early stages.
Glanmire eventually found the range thanks to their deadly accuracy from placed balls, which was a feature throughout the hour, and gained parity in the eighteenth minute at 1-2 to 0-5. Four minutes later current Cork footballer Michael Cussen found himself in an advanced position and he finished to the net to give Glanmire the lead. Within two minutes Newmarket were back on level terms when another speculative effort from Seanie Francis O’Connor was deemed to be carried behind the line by the Glanmire goalkeeper. The sides then exchanged points with Seanie Francis O’Connor on target for Newmarket. Amazingly, Newmarket found the net for the third time in the half when John Cronin broke a high ball in the square, in to the path of SeanieFrancis O’Connor and his deft finish found the net for his second goal. Glanmire pointed in injury time, but Newmarket turned over in front by 3-3 to 1-7 after an eventful half.
Newmarket struggled to regain their form on the resumption as Glanmire again levelled and then took the lead, thanks to three points in nine minutes. Seanie Francis O’Connor coolly punched over Newmarkets first score of the half, which did not arrive until seventeen minutes. Bart Daly then kicked over a splendid point as Newmarket regained the lead. A Glanmire point tied the sides for the sixth time with ten minutes remaining. It was Glanmire who found that extra gear and two points were followed by a couple more in injury time as they went on to a four point victory.
Newmarket had a number of fine displays in the difficult conditions. John McSweeney had a fine game at full back, while Jerry McCarthy was industrious throughout, John Cronin provived a willing outlet as target man, while Seanie Francis O’Connor scored an impressive two goals and two points on limited opportunities.
The Newmarket team was…
|Dermot Moynihan||John McSweeney||Mark Reidy|
|Pa O’Brien||Denys O’Brien||Barry O’Leary (0-1)|
|Jerry McCarthy (1-0)||Colin O’Sullivan|
|T.J. Bodie (0-1)||David O’Flynn||Bart Daly(0-1)|
|Tony O’Keeffe||John Cronin||Seanie Francis O’Connor (2-2)|
|SUBS: Maurice Feehan and Shane Anthony Murphy|