Newmarket endured a frustrating defeat against Clyda Rovers in the second round of the Evening Echo Premier Intermediate Football Championship played in splendid sunshine at picturesque Banteer on Saturday evening with the North Cork side advancing on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-8.
After an initial scrappy opening to the game, John Ryan illuminated proceeding on converting a superb free from a narrow angle in the third minute. Clyda Rovers tied the scores for the first time with a fifth minute point from a free and their next two points came in similar fashion by the tenth minute. In the eleventh minute, Newmarket corner back Kevin O’Connor burst out from defence and set off on a rampaging run through the field where he exchanged passes with David O’Flynn who ultimately kicked a fine point from distance. Clyda added the next score but Newmarket, whose performance was riddled with unforced errors throughout, had their best period of the game.
Newmarket struggled to find a way through the Clyda rearguard but a John Ryan free brought about a change in fortune. As the game entered the final quarter, a quickly taken free from the astute Denys O’Brien picked out John Lane in clear space and as he closed in on goal he selflessly offloaded the ball to Mark Reidy who kept his composure to slot a neat finish to the back of the net, for the games only goal. This brought Newmarket to within a point of their opponents and the sides exchanged the next two points with John Ryan kicking a memorable score for Newmarket. With the game nicely poised, Newmarket self destructed and once more presented Clyda with points through their own unforced errors and they availed by scoring three points to put a clear four points difference between the sides.
Newmarket battled to the end and John Lane reduced the arrears on pointing a free. They came very close to salvaging a draw late on but Clyda held firm to advance to round four.
|Kevin O'Connor||Mark Murphy||Brian O’Riordan|
|Barry O'Leary||Timothy Murphy||Sean Doody|
|Denys O'Brien||Bart Daly|
|David O’Flynn||Maurice Feehan||Mark Reidy|
|John Ryan||Tony O'Keeffe||John Lane|
|Subs: Kevin O’Sullivan, T.J. Bodie, Seanie Francis O’Sullivan, Colin O’Sullivan, Anthony Crowley.|