Newmarket were defeated by Lismire in the Junior B hurling championship game played at Newmarket on Sunday morning by 1-14 to 1-8.
A very youthful Newmarket side got off to the best possible start when Paul Verling shot to the net in the very first minute. Both sides were very committed in the sticky conditions and Lismire opened their account in the eleventh minute. Bryan O’Connell converted a free for Newmarket but Lismire proved more clinical in attack and three points in a four minute spell tied the sides after seventeen minutes. Lismire proceeded to take the lead by adding a further two points before the impressive Bryan O’Connell pointed for Newmarket. Lismire finished the half by adding a point before a crucial goal followed two minutes from the interval. They added another point to end the half in front by 1-8 to 1-2.
Lismire increased their advantage by adding two points within seven minutes. Conor Cronin who had a fine game for Newmarket, reduced the arrears by converting a long range free but Lismire responded with a point to maintain an eight point advantage. Newmarket grew in confidence and points followed from Darren O’Keeffe and stalwart centre half back, Kieran Hayes. As the game entered the final ten minutes the tempo increased and some fine quality scores followed. The sides exchanged four points, Newmarket answering Lismire scores on both occasions with memorable points from Conor Cronin and Bryan O’Connell. Conor Cronin rounded off the scoring for Newmarket by finding the target from a long range free but it was Lismire who had the final score to end the contest and progress to the semi final.
The Newmarket team was…
|William O’Flynn||David Kelly||Billy Daly|
|Timothy Murphy||Kieran Hayes (0-1)||Brendan Stack|
|T.J. Bodie||Conor Cronin (0-3)|
|Bryan O’Connell (0-3)||Michael Kenneally||Alan Forde|
|Paul Verling (1-0)||Donnacha Fitzpatrick||Martin O’Doherty|
|SUB: Darren O’Keeffe (0-1)|