Newmarket bowed out of this years Boherbue Co-Op Duhallow Junior Football Championship when the holders Cullen inflicted defeat on them by 1-12 to 1-6 at Boherbue on Thursday evening.
Cullen took the lead in the third minute but Colin Stack landed a fine point to tie the sides. Shane Murphy edged Newmarket in front but within a minute Cullen had regained parity. Cullen edged in front, before they found the net in the fourteenth minute. Indeed if it were not for the outstanding display of Newmarket goalkeeper Niall O’Connor, during this period of the game Cullen could well have been out of sight, but he produced a number of fine saves with one from point blank range particularly outstanding. Colin Stack revived Newmarket with another fine point but it was Cullen who finished the half strongly and three unanswered points left the score 1-7 to 0-3 at the turnover.
Newmarket resumed in the greasy conditions in better fettle. John Ryan converted a second minute free but it was Cullen who were next to score five minutes later and restore their seven point advantage. Newmarket enjoyed plenty of possession at this stage and Michael Kenneally scored a fine individual point after a fine solo run. Within a minute Sean Doody latched onto a probing ball from Kevin O’Connor and flicked to the net and set up an interesting final quarter with the score reading 1-8 to 1-5. Newmarket tried to surge forward but found a Cullen rearguard difficult to break down. After surviving the Newmarket pressure, Cullen again assumed control and went on to slot over four points in the closing ten minutes. Newmarket kept plugging away and were rewarded with the final score of the contest when Micheal Hourigan pointed in the closing stages.
The Newmarket team was…
|David Guiney||Mark Murphy||Dan Murphy|
|Anthony Crowley||Kevin O’Connor||Matthew Fitzpatrick|
|Kevin O’Sullivan||Gerard Casey|
|Timothy Murphy||Colin Stack (0-2)||Micheal Hourigan (0-1)|
|Michael Kenneally (0-1)||Shane Murphy (0-1)||John Ryan (0-1)|
|SUBS: Brian O’Riordan Donnacha O’Dea Sean Doody (1-0) Ricky Reidy|