Newmarket got their junior B hurling league campaign off to a winning start thanks to a very slender victory away to Lismire by 3-6 to 2-8 in difficult conditions on Friday evening.
The wind and rain made fluent hurling difficult. Newmarket were grateful to full forward David Quinlan in the first half as crucially he bagged a brace of goals. A solitary point from Michael Kenneally ensured that Newmarket held a half time lead of 2-1 to 0-4.
Lismire pointed within a minute of the restart but Shane Anthony Murphy pointed a free for Newmarket three minutes later. An excellent solo run was supplemented with a fine finish by Jack Birtley to increase the Newmarket advantage. Two pointed frees from Donnacha O’Dea left Newmarket with a clear two goal advantage, 2-5 to 0-5 at the three quarter mark.
Lismire gained momentum on scoring the next point and were buoyed by a goal moments later. Another Lismire point reduced the margin to a solitary point to ensure a tense finish with five minutes remaining.
As Newmarket withstood the Lismire pressure they received the ultimate boost when Bryan O’Connell crashed to the net with minutes remaining. Lismire failed to be deterred and they struck back themselves with a goal to once again leave a point in the contest.
As the game concluded Newmarket barely held on but ultimately claimed the spoils. Newmarket were well served by fine displays from David Guiney, Timothy Murphy, Robert Stack, while in attack David Quinlan’s scores proved vital.
The Newmarket team was…