Newmarket’s poor start to this year’s league campaign continued when they endured their third successive defeat, away to Macroom on St. Patrick’s morning by 0-13 to 0-7, despite a highly impressive first half display.
Macroom aided by a strong and significant breeze, stormed into action with two points in the first five minutes while they came close to finding the net on three separate occasions. Newmarket withstood this early barrage and grew in confidence as the half developed. T.J. Bodie brought the sides level by the seventeenth minute thanks to two points in four minutes. Newmarket were now the dominant side with some excellent link up play through all sectors of the pitch. David O’Flynn gave Newmarket the lead for the first time and a fine spell yielded further converted points from T.J. Bodie and Nicky Flanagan. Macroom ended the half with a point but Newmarket turned over having withstood the elements in front by 0-5 to 0-2.
Macroom made light of the conditions and within six minutes three quickfire points overturned the lead. They maintained their superiority throughout the half and two further scores gave them a clear three point lead. Newmarket in a rare foray forward found the target with Tony O’Keeffe kicking a splendid point. When T.J. Bodie converted a free with eleven minutes to play, just a solitary point separated the sides, 0-8 to 0-7. It was Macroom though, however who powered to victory and five unanswered points in the closing ten minutes resulted in a clear victory.
The Newmarket team was…
|Anthony Crowley||Barry O’Leary||Mark Murphy|
|Timothy Murphy||Denys O’Brien||Brian O’Riordan|
|Gerard Casey||Kevin O’Sullivan|
|David O’Flynn (0-1)||Tony O’Keeffe (0-1)||Maurice Feehan|
|John Lane||T.J. Bodie (0-4)||Nicky Flanagan (0-1)|
|SUB: Michael Kenneally|