Newmarket’s intermediate football team suffered a narrow one point defeat in their second league outing of the season, an away contest in Kildorrery finishing 1-13 to 2-9 in favour of the home side.
Newmarket were under pressure from the outset as the home side quickly established a foothold and hit the front with three points within five minutes. Kildorrery were rampant and a further flurry of three points gave them a commanding six point advantage by the fourteenth minute. Newmarket eventually settled into the contest and had their first point courtesy of a brilliant individual score from midfielder Kevin O’Sullivan. Kildorrery regained their six point advantage but at this stage Newmarket were competing well despite failing to add to their tally. Newmarket received a boost in the twenty sixth minute when approach play involving Mark Murphy and John Ryan ended with Denys O’Brien flicking a dropping ball to the net from the edge of the square for a much needed goal. The forwards then combined well before Nicky Flanagan kicked a point to leave just two points separating the sides, 0-7 to 1-2 at half time.
Within a minute of the restart Denys O’Brien kicked a spectacular point for Newmarket but Kildorrery hit back with two points in as many minutes. Newmarket benefited from some defensive errors in the sixth minute when John Lane ended up in possession and raced in on goal before being upended for a penalty. Despite seeing his penalty kick saved, Brian O’Riordan reacted quickest and followed up to crash the ball to the net for an equalizing goal, 2-3 to 0-9. The contest flowed from end to end at this stage and provided plenty of entertainment on a perfect afternoon for football.
Crucially the home side struck for a goal as the third quarter came to a conclusion before adding a point for good measure. Newmarket were spurred on by the injection of positive substitutions and points from John Ryan and Kevin O’Sullivan halved the deficit. A gripping final ten minutes followed. Four points were shared as John Ryan and impressive substitute Barry O’Leary answered Kildorrery points. A wonderfully struck point from John Ryan left just a point in the difference as time began to run out for Newmarket. Kildorrery once again established a two point advantage but they had to survive a late flurry of activity in their goalmouth as Newmarket came so close to clinching a winning goal but the defence just held out as Tony O’Keeffe kicked over the final score of a hectic conclusion to the game.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
Denys O’Brien (1-1), John Ryan (0-3), Brian O’Riordan (1-0), Kevin O’Sullivan (0-2), Nicky Flanagan (0-1), Barry O’Leary (0-1), Tony O’Keeffe (0-1)
|Michael O’Leary||Gerard Casey||David O’Flynn|
|Bart Daly||Brian O’Riordan||Ian Flanagan|
|Kevin O'Sullivan||Mark Murphy|
|Gavin Forde||T.J. Bodie||John Ryan|
|John Lane||Denys O'Brien||Nicky Flanagan|
|Subs: Sean Doody, Barry O’Leary, Shane Murphy, Tony O’Keeffe, Eddie Allen|