An eight minute first half Kanturk scoring blitz that yielded three goals and three points, put paid to Newmarket’s hopes in the North Cork Minor A Football championship semi final played at Millstreet on Wednesday evening, in a game which ended 3-8 to 0-8.
Newmarket, playing with the aid of a rather strong breeze began very brightly as Nicky Barrett and Daniel Culloty pointed within three minutes. Kanturk pointed in the fifth minute as they began an amazing ten minute scoring deluge. Two goals followed within three minutes which stunned the Newmarket side. Worse was to follow as two more points and a third goal put ten points between the sides after just thirteen minutes of play. Newmarket tried to recover from this crushing setback and were led by T.J. Brosnan who brought a nine minute barren scoring spell to an end by scoring four points in succession in the space of six minutes. Kanturk ended the half with two points for a very commanding advantage of 3-5 to 0-6 at the turnover.
To their credit, Newmarket put in a fine effort in the second half despite the large deficit and playing against the elements which now included persistent rainfall. Jack Birtley led from defence as the Newmarket rearguard looked far more resolute and confident. The scoring rate dropped considerably as two Kanturk points was all that was added during the first fifteen minutes of the second half. T.J. Brosnan scored Newmarket’s first point of the half as despite a much improved performance, scores proved elusive. Kanturk withstood Newmarket’s best efforts which included a superb save by their goalkeeper from a screaming T.J. Brosnan’s goalbound effort. The prolific Newmarket midfielder did add another point to his tally but Kanturk registered the final score of the game to clearly take their place in the final.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
T.J. Brosnan (0-6), Daniel Culloty (0-1), Nicky Barrett (0-1).
|Jamie Hayes||Jack Birthley||Alan Ryan|
|Paudie Allen||Patrick Kelly||Billy Lane|
|Jonathan Flaherty||T. J. Brosnan|
|Daniel Culloty||Gavin Forde||David Enright|
|Nicky Barrett||Luke McCarthy||Barry O'Connor|
|Subs: Con McAuliffe, Michael Cottell, Danny O’Connell and Daniel O’Doherty|