A grandstand finish, which crucially yielded two goals and a point enabled Newmarket to record a fine league win away to Glanmire on Friday evening last with the game ending 2-14 to 0-13 after an open entertaining contest.
Glanmire opened the scoring within a minute with Nicky Flanagan kicking a fine long range point for Newmarket in the fourth minute, before having to retire injured from the play. Glanmire edged in front for a second time before the impressive T.J. Bodie scored another fine effort from distance. The sides exchanged four further points in the first quarter with another brace of quality scores from play for Newmarket coming courtesy of fine finishing from Mark Reidy and Denys O’Brien. Both defences coped better at this stage but Newmarket looked very threatening on the offensive throughout. T. J. Bodie gave Newmarket the lead after twenty four minutes but a Glanmire point, tied the scores for the fifth time in a very close half’s play which ended 0-5 apiece.
Newmarket resumed in devastating fashion and the lethal finishing of T.J. Bodie complemented some excellent approach play as four points from the Newmarket marksman came in a six minute spell. John Ryan finished neatly in the next minute and suddenly Newmarket enjoyed a five point advantage. Glanmire recovered and they replied impressively, slowly reducing the lead and amazingly as it transpired they went on to score the next five points to tie the sides again at 0-10 apiece, fifteen minutes into the half.
Newmarket showed great character and seized the initiative again with points following from Maurice Feehan, a sublime effort from Kevin O’Sullivan and T.J. Bodie as Newmarket enjoyed a three point advantage entering the final ten minutes.
However, keeping with the context of the game, Glanmire hit back again and by scoring the next three points, the sides were level for the seventh time over the hour. Once again, Newmarket showed great resolve and led on by the prominent displays of Barry O’Leary, Denys O’Brien and Mark Reidy, their efforts inspired their team-mates to a late push for victory. Fittingly, Denys O’Brien fisted a monstrous punched pass over the home defence which found Mark Reidy all alone close to the Glanmire goal; as the on rushing goalkeeper tried to nullify the danger; the Newmarket centre forward coolly sidestepped his opponent to clip the ball home into an empty net.
A vibrant Newmarket side closed out the victory in fine style and Colin O’Sullivan followed with an excellently taken point before David O’Flynn finished proceedings by chipping in a second goal right at the death. The result gave Newmarket their third successive league victory.
The Newmarket team was…
|Sean Doody||Mark Murphy||Brian O’Riordan|
|Anthony Crowley||Barry O’Leary||Kevin O’Connor|
|Denys O’Brien (0-1)||Bart Daly|
|Maurice Feehan (0-1)||Mark Reidy (1-1)||Kevin O’Sullivan (0-1)|
|John Ryan (0-1)||T.J. Bodie (0-7)||Nicky Flanaagan (0-1)|
|SUBS: David O’Flynn (1-0), Colin O’Sullivan (0-1)|