Newmarket progressed to the semi finals of the Duhallow junior B football championship following a clear 1-15 to 0-4 victory over Glenlara at Kiskeam on Friday evening.
A strong wind and driving rain made conditions extremely difficult from the outset for both sets of players. Glenlara adapted better in the early stages and despite a Seanie Francis O’Connor point, Glenlara hit three of the first four points. Kieran Lehane scored Newmarket’s second point of the night but Glenlara maintained their good start by registering a fourth point. At this stage of the game, Newmarket assumed control as Seanie Francis O’Connor and the excellent Kevin O’Connor pointed to tie the contest at 0-4 apiece. A well pointed free by Shane Murphy edged Newmarket in front before the midfield pairing of Shane Anthony Murphy and Jonathan Flaherty increased the advantage to 0-7 to 0-4 at the halfway mark.
Newmarket strengthened their position with early second half points from Shane Murphy and John Cronin. The Newmarket rearguard was faultless during the half as they coped admirably in the difficult conditions and launched several attacking options thanks to their excellent distribution. At the other end Newmarket were prolific as Shane Murphy, Eddie Allen, Kevin O’Connor and Brian Daly brought the tally to thirteen points at the three quarter mark. Several substitutions were introduced but Newmarket maintained control as Shane Murphy and John Cronin stretched the lead further. The game concluded with Brian Daly driving the ball home to the net to ensure a decisive advantage at the end for Newmarket.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
Shane Murphy (0-4), Brian Daly (1-1), Seanie Francis O’Connor (0-2), Kevin O’Connor (0-2), John Cronin (0-2), Shane Anthony Murphy (0-1), Jonathan Flaherty (0-1), Eddie Allen (0-1), Kieran Lehane (0-1).
|Brendan Stack||John McSweeney||Pa O’Brien|
|Michael Kenneally||Kevin O'Connor||Anthony Crowley|
|Shane A Murphy||Jonathan Flaherty|
|Eddie Allen||Seanie Francis O Connor||Shane Murphy|
|Kieran Lehane||Robert Stack||John Cronin|
|Subs: Nicky Barrett, Brian Daly, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Donnacha O’Dea, Allan Dugdale|