Newmarket have good win over promoted Ballincollig
AUL DIVISION 3A
Ballincollig 1 Newmarket 2
WITH promotion secured Ballincollig could afford to take it easy against the North Cork side but pride was still to play for. However, with both squads were very much changed around it was Newmarket who emerged victorious.
In a very changeable day it was Newmarket who started the brighter. A mistake by the fullback getting caught wrong side left the striker in on goal and he finished well to take the lead early on. Ballincollig didn't panic however and created several chances of their own.
Cyril Quinn in particular caused the visitors' backline all sorts of problem but he couldn't find the clinical finish needed to get the equaliser. Jason O'Leary was frustrated when he contrived to put a free header over the bar and some wayward shooting also left the team in green and white one down at the break.
The second half saw some changes and Ballincollig enjoyed a period of pressure. The pressure eventually told when Cyril Quinn scored his first goal ever for Ballincollig. A great through ball split the defence and with the coolest of finishes he found the bottom corner.
Everything was left to play for in this game but it was the President's Cup winners who had the final say with a free-kick. The resulting header was brilliantly saved by Damien Murphy in goal but he could do nothing about the follow-up that was an easy tap in for the Newmarket midfielder.
A disappointing end to a rollercoaster season for Ballincollig but with promotion secured before this game the main objective of the season had been reached.