The under 21 hurlers capped off a memorable week for the club by defeating St. Marks in the Duhallow B final on Saturday last.
A strong opening quarter put Newmarket in good stead as they led 2-04 to 0-02 at the quarter hour mark, with points coming from Pete Goggin, Paudie O’Sullivan and Hugh O’Connor as well as an opening goal from full forward Rory Lynn and 1-01 from corner forward Brion O’Keeffe. Newmarket continued to dominate the scoring with Hugh O’Connor (3), Pete Goggin and Rory Lynn on target to give the side a strong 2-09 to 0-04 advantage at the break.
St. Marks got off to the perfect start after the resumption, scoring 2-03 in the opening ten minutes with a Hugh O’Connor brace adding to Newmarket’s total over the same period. Trailing by four points, St. Marks continued to reduce the deficit and levelled the contest on fifty minutes. Newmarket regained the lead through a Hugh O’Connor free, which was quickly followed up by a Paudie O’Sullivan point. An O’Connor goal a minute later looked to have done enough for Newmarket but St. Marks were not finished yet. A 65 followed up by a free put three between the sides and St. Marks equalised again, with their third goal on 58 minutes. A frantic closing few minutes continued as a Hugh O’Connor brace wrestled control back, with Newmarket ahead 3-15 to 3-14 on 62 minutes. Full forward Rory Lynn finally sealed the result with his second goal and despite a late point from St. Marks, Newmarket secured the honours 4-15 to 3-15.
After the match captain Mikey Browne accepted the cup on behalf of his team and mentors Eamon Moynihan, Nicky Barrett, Mikey Kenneally, Mikey O’Leary and Seán Irwin. The result rounded off a fantastic week for the club, with the Junior A and B hurling titles already secured. Congratulations to all involved.
The Newmarket team and scorers…
Hugh O’Connor (1-09, 5f), Rory Lynn (2-01), Brion O’Keeffe (1-01), Paudie O’Sullivan (0-02), Pete Goggin (0-02)
|Eoin Walsh||Michael Lane||Sean Murphy|
|Ethan Hourigan||Mikey Browne||David Cottrell|
|Hugh O'Connor||Jack O'Connor|
|Eoin Goggin||Kevin Daly||Paudie O'Sullivan|
|Brion O'Keeffe||Rory Lynn||Peter Goggin|
|Subs: Graham Cottrell, Gavin Fleming|