Ballincollig 2 Newmarket 1
NEWMARKET failed to capitalise on home advantage as Ballincollig tightened their grip on the AUL division 3A league on Sunday last.
In a fiercely fought contest it was the strong Mid Cork side that took all three points on their travels.
The home side started well and had the first real shot in anger. The ball broke in the box and Timmie O'Keeffe produced a lovely bit of skill to get a great effort away. However, Ballincollig keeper Brian O'Donovan was equal to it and he tipped it over the crossbar. Newmarket were made pay for poor discipline at times, as Ballincollig won a free just on the edge of the box. Trevor Murphy stepped up and he curled a great effort into the top corner to give the visitors an ideal start.
Newmarket had a lot of possession after the goal but they were unable to break down the Ballincollig rearguard. In fact it was the away side that doubled their advantage shortly before half time. Donal Murphy was played in behind the Newmarket defence with a great through ball and he slotted past the Newmarket goalkeeper. Newmarket were now under constant pressure but the second goal seemed to encourage them and they began to get more of a foothold.
The Newmarket heads didn't drop and they had an excellent chance on the stroke of half time. Trevor Murphy first tested O'Donovan but again the Ballincollig net minder knocked it behind. From the resultant corner Timothy Murphy saw an excellent header smash off the crossbar before eventually being cleared to safety. Newmarket went in trailing and faced an uphill struggle after the interval.
In truth Newmarket were the stronger side in the second half as they dominated possession and had the better chances. They pulled a goal back shortly after half time through Timothy Murphy. Timmie O'Keeffe sent a ball into the box, it broke to Murphy and he calmly slotted home. The initiative was now with the home side and they pushed for the all important equaliser. Newmarket now sensed that they could get something from the game and threatened on numerous occasions. Firstly Timothy Murphy tested the Ballincollig defence with a great run and a rasping effort but again it was parried wide by the goalkeeper. Mattie Fitzpatrick then stepped up to take a free but his curling effort went narrowly wide.
The game became scrappy from here on as Newmarket desperately sought the equaliser and Ballincollig looked to kill the game off. In the end the away defence stood firm as they held on for a narrow win and a very valuable three points.
Newmarket on the other hand will be disappointed they missed the opportunity to reduce the league leaders deficit and they will feel a draw at least was within reach on the day.
NEWMARKET: Seanie F O'Connor, James O'Sullivan, Trevor Murphy, Colin O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Connor, Mattie Fitzpatrick, J O'Sullivan, Timothy Murphy, Vinny Molloy, Alan Dugdale, Timmie O'Keeffe; Subs: John Morgan, John O'Callaghan
BALLINCOLLIG: Brian O'Donovan, Tom Ross, Trevor Murphy, Emmett Campion, Jason O'Leary, Damian Murphy, James Murphy, Rob Quinn, Donal Murphy, Dave Desmond, John Paul Ratt; Subs: Dave Cunningham