On Friday evening, Newmarket were defeated at home by a stronger Meelin side in the junior hurling league by 2-16 to 1-11, in a dress rehearsal for their upcoming championship meeting.
The visitors started strongly and built up a sizeable lead of 1-6 to 0-1 before Newmarket eventually settled into the contest and scores from John Lane, Barry O’Leary, Seanie Francis O’Connor and two points from Denys O’Brien brought them to trail by 1-9 to 0-5 at the interval.
Meelin pointed upon the restart before John Lane found the target for Newmarket. Meelin continued to impress and added two points before a goal ten minutes into the half gave them a very commanding twelve point advantage. Denys O’Brien and John Lane pointed for Newmarket and this left the score at 2-12 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage. Meelin continued to find the target from various distances and angles but Newmarket kept plugging away and had points from Denys O’Brien and Robert Stack before a free from Denys O’Brien found its way to the back of the net. Ian Flanagan had the final score of the contest but Meelin had long since ensured they claimed the points and advance to the semi finals.
The Newmarket team was…
|Pa O’Brien||Brian Daly||David Kelly|
|Tony O’Keeffe||John McSweeney||Anthony Crowley|
|Kevin O’Sullivan||Denys O’Brien (1-4)|
|Maurice Feehan||Barry O’Leary (0-1)||Colin O’Sullivan|
|John Lane (0-3)||Robert Stack (0-1)||Seanie Francis O’Connor (0-1)|
|SUBS: John Scanlon, Shane Murphy, Ian Flanagan (0-1)|