Newmarket made it two wins from two following a fine victory over Castletownbere by 4-14 to 0-10 in their first home league game as a senior club in splendid sunshine on Sunday afternoon.
A quite exhilarating display of football in the first half paved the way for the success, with a glittering array of points accounting for a tally of 1-11 without a single wide being recorded.
The visitors opened the scoring inside the first minute but Newmarket responded in fine fashion. T.J. Bodie slotted over an equalizer from a free before Barry O’Leary and Kevin O’Sullivan found the target. T.J. Bodie added Newmarket’s fourth point in the tenth minute but Castletownbere added the next two points to leave the score reading 0-4 to 0-3 after twelve action packed minutes of play.
Newmarket’s fast flowing football was devastating and scores stemmed from deep within the home defence. Michael Kenneally finished off a superb move when pointing after a build up involving Conor Cronin, Steven Stokes, Tony O’Keeffe and John Lane. A minute later it got even better for Newmarket with yet another well worked move. Goalkeeper David Quinlan gathered possession and moments later Tony O’Keeffe and John Lane carved open an opportunity for Nicky Flanagan who slotted the ball to the net past the advancing goalkeeper.
Newmarket really turned on the style and three superbly taken points from distance were added through Barry O’Leary, Tony O’Keeffe and Kevin O’Sullivan. Castletownbere had their fourth point of the half but Newmarket kept up the momentum with T.J. Bodie pointing after being set up by John Lane who was instrumental in numerous scores throughout. The sides exchanged points as Nicky Flanagan converted a free before Tony O’Keeffe concluded the scoring to leave Newmarket with a lead of 1-11 to 0-5 at the turnover.
Castletownbere resumed the brighter side and after two early points, Newmarket goalkeeper David Quinlan came to the rescue with a point blank save and the defence were grateful to emerge from the resulting goalmouth scramble unscathed. Newmarket had to wait twelve minutes to register a second half score and a goal resulted as T.J. Bodie’s free from distance found its way to the net. Nicky Flanagan and T.J. Bodie increased the advantage to twelve points before Castletownbere added their next point. With five minutes remaining, T.J. Bodie found the net for a second time with Castletownbere pointing in their next meaningful attack. There was still time for a fourth Newmarket goal and once again John Lane superbly released Tony O’Keeffe who finished emphatically to the roof of the net with an unstoppable shot. Two points were shared before the conclusion with Daniel Culloty finishing proceedings with a neatly taken point.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
T.J. Bodie (2-4), Tony O’Keeffe (1-2), Nicky Flanagan (1-2), Kevin O’Sullivan (0-2), Barry O’Leary (0-2), Michael Kenneally (0-1), Daniel Culloty (0-1)
|Brian O’Riordan||Denys O'Brien||John Ryan|
|Stephen Stokes||Barry O'Leary||Sean Doody|
|Conor Cronin||T. J. Brosnan|
|Tony O'Keeffe||Kevin O'Sullivan||Michael Kenneally|
|T.J. Bodie||Nicky Flanagan||John Lane|
|Subs: Niall O’Connor, Paudie Allen, Timothy Murphy, Ian Flanagan, Daniel Culloty|