A late Newmarket rally enabled them to clinch a point and maintain their unbeaten run in the league, when they drew 0-11 to 1-8 at home to Grenagh on Monday afternoon.
The game was played in heavy conditions and a number of drizzly showers did not help proceedings. Newmarket played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half but had to wait until the twelvth minute to get on the scoreboard with the in form Tony O’Keeffe finding the target. Grenagh tied the scores within two minutes and took control adding four points in quick succession. John Lane reduced the deficit but Grenagh kept up the momentum by scoring two further points. With less than five minutes remaining in the half, Newmarket sprung into action. They scored four points through Tony O’Keeffe, Barry O’Leary, Kevin O’Sullivan and John Lane to finish the half just one point in arrears, 0-7 to 0-6.
Within a minute of the restart the visitors increased their lead but Bart Daly pointed a free for Newmarket two minutes later. A competitive contest saw a number of tight exchanges as defences began to hold the respective set of forwards at bay. Grenagh received a major boost when they scored a fine goal at the end of the third quarter to open a four point gap. To their credit despite playing against the elements, Newmarket rose to the challenge. Inspired from defence by Barry O’Leary they set about reducing the deficit. John Lane pointed a free as the game entered the closing ten minutes. He then added two more frees which left a solitary point between the sides. With five minutes remaining, Pa O’Brien kicked a ball towards the Grenagh goal and Tony O’Keeffe was on hand to fist the ball over the crossbar and tie the scores. Neither side could find a match winning score in the remaining minutes but a draw was a fair result and Newmarket now have five points after three league outings.
The Newmarket team was…
|Pa O’Brien||John McSweeney||Mark Murphy|
|Conor Cronin||Barry O’Leary (0-1)||Sean Doody|
|Denys O’Brien||Bart Daly (0-1)|
|Nicky Flanagan||David O’Flynn||Maurice Feehan|
|John Lane (0-5)||Colin O’Sullivan||Tony O’Keeffe (0-3)|
|SUBS: Kevin O’Sullivan (0-1), Gerard Casey, Timothy Murphy, Brian O’Riordan|