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Newmarket endure frustrating defeat against Clyda Rovers

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.

The outstanding Bart Daly converted a free and kicked a superb point in the twenty second minute to gain parity once more and he was central to everything positive Newmarket had to contribute. As the half entered the closing minutes, Newmarket were punished for their sloppy play and indecisiveness as Clyda Rovers finished the half in the ascendancy as two points gave them an interval lead of 0-6 to 0-4.
Newmarket resumed in a positive nature and John Ryan slotted over a point within two minutes. It was Clyda however that gained the impetus and they crucially hit four points in a five minute spell to take a clear five point lead with ten minutes of the half elapsed.

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.

The Newmarket team and scorers…
John Ryan (0-4), Mark Reidy (1-0), Bart Daly (0-2), David O’Flynn (0-1), John Lane (0-1).
Niall O’Connor
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.

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