Newmarket maintained their unbeaten run in this year’s Junior B hurling league when they recorded their third victory from as many outings, on bettering Dromtariffe by 1-9 to 0-6 on a miserable Monday evening at Dromtariffe. Newmarket had to put behind them a thoroughly disappointing first half display, in which they failed to register a score, to turn around and make amends with a much better second half performance.
The home side adapted better to the conditions from the outset but had to wait until the ninth minute to register the games first score. Two further points by the end of the first quarter strengthened their position as Newmarket struggled. Newmarket were grateful to a resolute defence for keeping the deficit to an attainable level with goalkeeper Eamon Moynihan coming to the rescue on a number of occasions. Dromtariffe added two more points and turned over in front by 0-5 at half time.
Newmarket, as was necessary, improved upon the restart. Ian Flanagan converted a free within two minutes and repeated the feat two minutes later. Robert Stack pointed ten minutes into the half as Newmarket now had the impetus. Anthony Crowley reduced the deficit to a minimum before an Ian Flanagan free tied the sides for the only time in the contest 0-5 apiece at the end of the third quarter. Robert Stack pointed to give Newmarket the lead for the first time before the critical score of the game arrived with little over ten minutes to play, when substitute Darren O’Keeffe was on hand to finish to the net for the games solitary goal. Robert Stack, Donnacha Fitzpatrick and Colin O’Sullivan all found the target for a now confident Newmarket side before Dromtariffe scored the final point of the contest and Newmarket claimed another brace of league points.
The Newmarket team was…
|William O’Flynn||John Scanlon||Brendan Stack|
|David Kelly||Anthony Crowley (0-1)||Kieran Hayes|
|Colin O’Sullivan (0-1)||Ian Flanagan (0-3)|
|John Cronin||Robert Stack (0-3)||Alan Forde|
|David Buckley||Donnacha Fitzpatrick (0-1)||Martin O’Doherty|
|SUBS: Billy Daly, Darren O’Keeffe (1-0)|