PRESIDENT'S CUP SEMI-FINAL Newmarket Town 3 Dunbar Celtic 1 WHILE TJ Bodie, Colin Stack and Timmy O'Keeffe got the goals, Newmarket progressed to the final of the President's Cup thanks to a well organised, high-paced performance that had Dunbar in touble from the start. The goals came in a twenty minute blitz on the restart and the outcome was never in doubt from the 70th minute.
Heavy hailstone made it difficult for either side to play a passing game during the opening exchanges. While Newmarket were lively and made some chances, their first goal came on the hour when TJ Bodie struck a free-kick directly into the Dunbar goals from outside the box.
The free-taker was also involved in Newmarket's second goal five minutes later. This time he hit the post from play but Colin Stack was there to score the rebound. Finally, in the 76th minute, Timmy O'Keeffe scored an admirable solo goal when he finished a good run down the line with a crosscum-shot that deceived the keeper and finished in the net.
A good team performance was the foundation of this win. Brendan Stack and John Ryan both had an impact when they came on ten minutes into the second half and James Sullivan, at right back, and Bart Daly, Newmarket's striker, both played well throughout.
The President's Cup is reserved for teams in each of the third divisions and the final is a wonderful chance for Newmarket to collect some silverware and a title. Glen Celtic are the opponents and Turner's Cross is the venue, though no date has been fixed for the final.
For the moment, Newmarket can enjoy the two-week Christmas break as they go into the New Year on the back of this semi-final win and on top of their league table.