Newmarket went down to a disappointing defeat in their latest intermediate league game at home to Adrigole on Sunday where the visiting team emerged victorious by 3-9 to 2-8.
The opening half produced four goals and the first score of the game came in the fourth minute when a long delivery goalwards by Gavin Forde was gathered by Denys O’Brien who exchanged passes with John Lane before the latter was left with the task of crashing the ball to the roof of the net from close range. Adrigole pointed in the sixth minute before a big gap appeared in the Newmarket defence which the visitors exploited to goal in the seventh minute. Adrigole pointed to take a two point lead in the eleventh minute but Newmarket regained the lead in the fourteenth minute thanks to a second goal. The build up involved a long ball goalwards from T.J. Bodie and again Denys O’Brien made his presence felt on the edge of the square to place Nicky Flanagan in on goal and he made no mistake in slipping the ball into the Adrigolie net.
The visitors converted a free to tie the sides 2-0 to 1-3 by the sixteenth minute. Newmarket scored their first point of the game a minute later when half back Barry O’Leary surged forward to kick a fine point from distance. A free flowing half saw the play sway from end to end as Adrigole equalized and again got on level terms following a T.J. Bodie point for Newmarket. The game took another twist when Adrigole found the net for a second time to take a three point lead with five minutes remaining in the half. Newmarket responded and finished the half strongly. Nicky Flanagan added three points in succession, one in particular a stunning effort from a lineball just metres from the end line to level the sides for a third time, 2-5 apiece at the turnover.
Five minutes into the second half and Adrigole breached the Newmarket defence again to score their third goal of the game. A point quickly followed and despite a concerted effort, Newmarket struggled to get back into the game as they saw a number of opportunities go either side of the uprights. Newmarket were indebted to goalkeeper Niall O’Connor for keeping them in the game when he stopped an Adrigole penalty at the end of the third quarter, but from the resultant forty five, the Beara side slotted over a fine point. Newmarket eventually got on the scoreboard after nineteen minutes of the half when Denys O’Brien pointed to reduce the arrears to four points. Once more Newmarket despite the heroic efforts of midfielder Kevin O’Sullivan, failed to capitalize on more scoring opportunities and Adrigole proved far more clinical as they added the next two points. Newmarket did score the final two points of the game as Nicky Flanagan converted two frees but it was the visitors who claimed the spoils by four points.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
Nicky Flanagan (1-5), John Lane (1-0), Barry O’Leary (0-1), T.J. Bodie (0-1), Denys O’Brien (0-1).
|Michael O’Leary||Gerard Casey||David O’Flynn|
|T. J. Brosnan||Brian O’Riordan||Barry O'Leary|
|Kevin O'Sullivan||Bart Daly|
|Mark Murphy||T.J. Bodie||Gavin Forde|
|John Lane||Denys O'Brien||Nicky Flanagan|
|Subs: John Ryan, Shane Murphy.|