Newmarket’s minor hurlers had their first outing of the year at home to Banteer on Tuesday evening and despite a bright start, a clinical Banteer side emerged comprehensive victors at the end by 6-15 to 1-7.
Newmarket’s impressive centre forward Ian Flanagan hit two early points to give his side a good start after five minutes. Banteer reduced the arrears but Ian Flanagan kept Newmarket in front with a brace of points to leave Newmarket in front at the end of the opening quarter by 0-4 to 0-3.
At this stage Banteer assumed control and their slick forwards scored two goals in quick succession to tilt the contest firmly in their favour. They maintained their dominance and by the end of the end reached a total of 3-8.
Ian Flanagan continued to find the range from various angles as Newmarket struggled to cope with an impressive Banteer attack. Darren O’Keeffe struck a point from distance and Ian Flanagan capped off a fine display with a good individual goal. Newmarket were also well served by goalkeeper Paul Verling, Brendan Stack, Michael O’Leary and Denis McCarthy.
The Newmarket team was…
|David Quinlan||Billy Daly|
|Andy Twomey||Brendan Stack||Michael O’Leary|
|Denis McCarthy||Alan Forde|
|Damien Kelly||Ian Flanagan (1-6)||Darren O’Keeffe (0-1)|
|Kieran Lehane||Eddie Allen|
|SUBS: Stephen O’Donovan, Ivan King|