Newmarket and Clyda Rovers shared the spoils 0-14 to 2-8 in the intermediate league encounter played in Newmarket on Sunday afternoon, a pointed free with the final kick of the game denying a terrific Newmarket effort in the final quarter of the game.
The sides shared four points within six minutes, Nicky Flanagan equalizing twice from frees to respond to similar efforts from the visitors. A speculative shot goalwards in the seventh minute following a Clyda Rovers attack nestled into the corner of the net but Newmarket reacted with T.J. Bodie clipping over two pointed frees. Clyda edged in front by two points but the lively and influential John Lane had his first point of the afternoon following a neat finish in the seventeenth minute. Newmarket suffered a second blow four minutes later when some sloppy defending was punished in clinical fashion with a second goal blasted past David Quinlan in the Newmarket goal. Once again, Newmarket responded in a positive manner with Tony O’Keeffe, T.J. Bodie and John Lane adding three points in as many minutes to leave a single point between the sides, 2-3 to 0-8. Clyda Rovers increased their advantage towards the end of the half with two late points to turnover in front by 2-5 to 0-8.
Clyda Rovers pointed in the second minute after the restart before a ten minute scoreless spell followed. The deadlock was eventually broken when some excellent play from Newmarket’s influential midfielder Colin O’Sullivan set a fine move in motion which ended with T.J. Bodie slotting over the bar for a Newmarket point. Midway through the half Clyda regained their four point advantage but at this stage Newmarket began to instigate a commendable comeback.
T.J. Bodie added to his impressive tally with his fifth point of the game before Kevin O’Sullivan did well to punch a point from a difficult angle. As the game entered the final six minutes T.J. Bodie added two more points from frees to tie the sides for the third time of the hour and the first time in fifty minutes. A confident and free flowing Newmarket outfit hit the front for the first time with little over two minutes to play as John Lane was again on target. Newmarket tried to close out a victory but an indiscretion late in injury time was duly punished and both sides have to settle for a well earned draw.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
T.J. Bodie (0-7), John Lane (0-3), Nicky Flanagan (0-2), Tony O’Keeffe (0-1), Kevin O’Sullivan (0-1).
|Sean Doody||Denys O'Brien||Brian O’Riordan|
|Barry O'Leary||Timothy Murphy||John Ryan|
|Colin O'Sullivan||Gerard Casey|
|Tony O'Keeffe||Kevin O'Sullivan||David O’Flynn|
|John Lane||Nicky Flanagan||T.J. Bodie|
|Subs: Bart Daly, Mark Reidy, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Kevin O’Connor, Michael O’Leary|