Newmarket failed to recover from a productive Millstreet scoring return in the opening quarter, as the home side held sway to claim the Ducon Cup points at stake on Friday evening by 0-11 to 0-7.
Millstreet got off the mark with a third minute point and by the twelfth minute they reached a tally of five points, as Newmarket were pinned into their own half, often as a result of their own sloppy distribution. Newmarket settled into a pattern with the influential Michael Kenneally showing well and in fine form in attack. The Newmarket full forward was rewarded for his endeavours as he swung over a point midway through the half. Seanie Francis O’Connor also found the target three minutes later but despite now with a firm foothold in the game, Newmarket did miss a few presentable scoring opportunities during this period of the game. Millstreet on the other hand did manage another two points before the interval to turn over with an advantage of 0-7 to 0-2.
Newmarket resumed brightly and a well struck point from Shane Anthony Murphy and a Daniel Culloty free cut the deficit to three points within seven minutes. Crucially, Millstreet added three points in succession with Newmarket failing to add to their tally in the middle section of the half. The introduction of Newmarket substitutes, Eddie Allen, Gerard Casey and Brendan Stack reignited a challenge, as all three made significant contributions. Nicky Flanagan was on target from a free before Michael Kenneally completed a well worked move with his second point of the night. As the game entered the final stages, Millstreet found a way in on goal but Newmarket goalkeeper David Quinlan produced an unbelievable and unforgettable save, as he somehow got his hand to a seemingly unstoppable shot to the top left hand corner of the net. The sides exchanged two points before the conclusion with Seanie Francis O’Connor completing the scoring late in the contest.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
Michael Kenneally (0-2), Seanie Francis O’Connor (0-2), Shane Anthony Murphy (0-1), , Daniel Culloty (0-1), Nicky Flanagan (0-1).
|Paudie Allen||Mark Murphy||Kevin O'Connor|
|Conor Cronin||Shane A Murphy||Matthew Fitzpatrick|
|Colin O'Sullivan||Timothy Murphy|
|Seanie Francis O Connor||Daniel Culloty||Alan Ryan|
|Gavin Forde||Michael Kenneally||Nicky Flanagan|
|Subs: Eddie Allen, Gerard Casey, Brendan Stack.|