Newmarket recorded a victory over Kiskeam by 1-15 to 1-9 in their opening game of this years Nevin Cup played in splendid sunshine at Kiskeam on Sunday.
Newmarket took the lead when John Lane pointed in the second minute with Kiskeam tieing the matters in the fifth minute. The home side hit the front when they scored an unstoppable goal from twenty yards which hit the roof of the net after seven minutes. Newmarket began to enjoy the better of possession and points from Nicky Flanagan and Colin Stack reduced the arrears. Kiskeam pointed next as Newmarket became guilty of kicking a succession of wides, ten in total during the half. Sean Doody slotted over a fine point from the narrowest of angles but Kiskeam responded to maintain a two point advantage. Newmarket began to find the target as the half concluded with two scores from John Lane ensuring parity at half time, 0-6 to 1-3.
John Ryan kicked an excellent point within a minute of the restart for Newmarket with Kiskeam back on terms two minutes later, the third time the sides were on level terms. Newmarket upped their performance at this stage playing fast flowing football all over the pitch and were much more clinical in attack. The free scoring John Lane edged Newmarket ahead before the very industrious and pivotal link in the forward line ,Maurice Feehan pointed. Kiskeam pointed next but Newmarket were in a rich vein of form. Points followed from John Lane twice, John Ryan and Nicky Flanagan to gain a five point lead. Kiskeam were next to score but Newmarket having previously missed a couple of gilt edged goal scoring chances, eventually found the net when Colin Stack crashed home to the roof of the net after another fine passage of passing from end to end.This goal gave Newmarket a clear lead and despite Kiskeam hitting back with a brace of points, Newmarket responded on both occasions with the excellent Shane Anthony Murphy and centre half back Kevin O’Connor scoring a couple of sublime points. Kiskeam did score the last point of the game but Newmarket claimed the points on a 1-15 to 1-9 victory.
It was a fine all round display from Newmarket considering the amount of time since their last game. Mark Murphy was outstanding in defence with Robert Stack also prominent in an excellent defensive unit. Shane Anthony Murphy had a superb game at midfield while in attack Maurice Feehan was central to a free flowing forward line with John Lane in fine form in front of goal. Newmarket must now play Boherbue and Kanturk in the group.
The Newmarket team was:
|Donnacha O’Dea||Mark Murphy||David Guiney|
|Trevor Murphy||Kevin O’Connor (0-1)||Robert Stack|
|Gerard Casey||Shane Anthony Murphy (0-1)|
|Maurice Feehan (0-1)||Colin Stack (1-1)||Sean Doody (0-1)|
|John Lane (0-6)||John Ryan (0-2)||Nicky Flanagan (0-2)|