Newmarket competed their first junior B hurling game in over a decade when they travelled to Kilbrin on Sunday and emerged with a fine win from an entertaining contest, 2-12 to 0-14 in perfect conditions on a warm day.
Kilbrin opened the scoring with a point after four minutes but Ian Flanagan got Newmarket on level terms when converting a free in the seventh minute. Kilbrin notched two points before the impressive, strong running Denys O’Brien pointed from distance for Newmarket. Kilbrin assumed dominance for a period and this yielded four points in as many minutes. Donnacha Fitzpatrick kept Newmarket in touch with a neat finish but Kilbrin restored their five point advantage by the twentieth minute. Ian Flanagan pointed a free before Newmarket went on to enjoy a productive five minute spell. Robert Stack did extremely well in laying off the ball to the on rushing Shane Murphy and he stormed forward before crashing the ball home to the roof of the Kilbrin net. A rejuvenated Newmarket then took the lead when Donnacha Fitzpatrick was on hand to finish to the net from close range. Denys O’Brien added a point before Kilbrin completed the scoring for the half with a point, as Newmarket turned over in front by 2-5 to 0-9.
As in the first half, Kilbrin resumed with a point before Ian Flanagan responded with another for Newmarket. Kilbrin got back on level terms by scoring the next two points and they then regained the lead with their third point in succession. Newmarket tied the contest again at 2-7 to 0-13 when Shane Murphy scored a fine point at the end of the third quarter. Newmarket took the lead with Denys O’Brien converting a sixty five metre free with Donnacha Fitzparick, who had a fine game at full forward, pointed with from a ground stroke. Another Kilbrin point meant just a solitary point separated the sides with little over five minutes remaining. Newmarket finished strongly and a fine team effort was rewarded with scores from Ian Flanagan, Denys O’Brien and Shane Murphy and they went on to claim a fine victory.
The Newmarket team was…
|David Kelly||John Scanlon||Brendan Stack|
|Kieran Hayes||Anthony Crowley||T.J. Bodie|
|Shane Murphy (1-2)||Colin O’Sullivan|
|Ian Flanagan (0-4)||Denys O’Brien (0-4)||Robert Stack|
|William O’Flynn||Donnacha Fitzpatrick (1-2)||John Cronin|