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Lane points the way

An exhibition of point taking and forward play from Newmarket’s outstanding John Lane enabled Newmarket to earn a hard fought home league victory over Glanmire by 0-16 to 0-11 on Saturday evening. The magnificent corner forward recorded a tally of eight points, seven from play and indeed the free was also of high quality finishing.

A tough struggle developed on a hard surface as ill discipline accounted for the first six points of the evening. T.J. Bodie executed two well taken frees in the third and sixth minutes as John Lane was upended on each occasion. Glanmire punished Newmarket’s indiscretions with four converted frees in as many minutes as they turned over to lead by 0-4 to 0-2 by the twelfth minute.

Both sides matched each other as defences held firm until the first score from play arrived after twenty minutes, when Seanie Francis O’Connor stayed composed to set up T.J. Bodie and he slotted over his third point. Two minutes later the sides were level for a second time following the best move of the half. Barry O’Leary linked well with John Lane who brought T.J. Bodie into the action and he returned the favour for the corner forward to strike his first point of the contest. Glanmire hit the front again thanks to two points in succession and Newmarket had to reorganize their formation as Conor Cronin and T.J. Brosnan had to depart the action through injury.

Newmarket completed the half with John Lane pointing in style as he cut in on goal and the visitors led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the short whistle.

Newmarket resumed in a blaze as John Lane was placed with perfect possession and he laid down a marker for the half on bisecting the posts with another class finish, his third point of the game, to tie the sides again at 0-6 apiece. Two minutes later and Timothy Murphy and David O’Flynn were the instigators of another well worked score, with the latter placing a perfect pass to the dynamic John Lane and despite the shackles of his opponent he still managed to blaze the ball over the bar.

Seanie Francis O’Connor got in on the act with a sublimely taken point and another from the mesmeric John Lane opened up a three point lead for the hosts. He showed his ability from a placed ball as again he was unerring on finding the target from a difficult angle on the left hand side of the goal. A prolific Newmarket spell continued as David O’Flynn and Kevin O’Sullivan combined to find Barry O’Leary and the Newmarket captain chipped in with a trademark well executed score from his foray into the attack, Newmarkets sixth point in succession in a superb ten minute spell.

Glanmire recovered well and two points left them trailing 0-11 to 0-8 midway through the half. Newmarket stemmed the comeback thanks to the endeavour and graft of Michael Kenneally whose tenacity earned a free and T.J. Bodie obliged on converting the resultant free with maximum effect.

Glanmire surged forward and asked questions of the home side as two more points cut the lead to 0-12 to 0-10 with ten minutes remaining. Once again, however, Newmarket answered the challenge and Brian O’Riordan pointed for a much needed score. Glanmire returned once more and a point left the game very finely balanced going into the closing minutes. Newmarket showed the desire required with no little skill as Timothy Murphy placed an exquisite pass into space for Kevin O’Sullivan and his crossfield pass found Seanie Francis O’Connor who supplied the perfect finish. Newmarket pressed to the end and fittingly the prolific John Lane had the final say as two more excellent points brought his personal tally to eight and sealed a well earned third league victory from four for Newmarket.

The Newmarket team and scorers…

John Lane (0-8), T.J. Bodie (0-4), Seanie Francis O’Connor (0-2), Brian O’Riordan (0-1), Barry O’Leary (0-1)

David Quinlan
John Ryan Denys O'Brien Brian O’Riordan
Barry O'Leary Timothy Murphy Sean Doody
Colin O'Sullivan Conor Cronin
T. J. Brosnan Kevin O'Sullivan David O’Flynn
T.J. Bodie Seanie Francis O Connor John Lane
Subs: Michael Kenneally, Paudie Allen, Steven Stokes.

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