Newmarket (fresh from a 2-1 victory over the weekend against Los Zarkos) aovercame early nerves and a two goal margin to eventually beat Kanturk (fresh from a wekend 1 all draw with Lakewood) in a great derby game on Tuesday evening.
Newmarket fell behind to two Kanturk goals and things looked ominous early on, however, Newmarket quickly showed their class with four unanswered goals.
Both sides had possession early on and a number of half chances, but it was the visitors who seized the initiative. Kanturk worked the ball into Newmarket box and it was cleared away for a corner. Denis Finn delivered a pin-point cross and Ronan Sheahan climbed highest to power a header home.
Kanturk sensed there was another goal and after a good team move the ball broke to Ian Winters just inside the box and he made no mistake beating Seanie O'Connor in the newmarket goal with a well struck shot.
The home side were now very much on the back foot as Kanturk were rampant but Newmarket did not give in. Newmarket went on the attack immediately and after a number of great chances, including a Timothy Murphy header which rattled the crossbar, they pulled one back.
A cross was delivered from the right and after a scramble in the box it broke to Brian O'Riordan and with plenty left to do he beat the Kanturk keeper with an excellent improvised effort. It was now all Newmarket and the Kanturk defence couldn't cope with the incisive passing and speed of the Newmarket attack.
John Ryan, who was very impressive on the day, was to have the final say in the first half as he levelled matters. Brian O'Riordan dribbled into the Kanturk box and forced a great save from Barry. However the keeper could only parry it into the path of Ryan who made no mistake from close range. The sides went in level at half-time and the game was perfectly poised for the second half. In truth the second half was all Newmarket as they had the majority of possession and crucially all the chances. After a number of excellent chances Newmarket took the lead and again it was Ryan who was in the right place. Nicky Flanagan took a long throw in and it was flicked on to Ryan who volleyed first time to the roof of the net.
Newmarket were now dictating affairs and a minute later they killed the game off. TJ Bodie, Ryan and O'Riordan were all involved as they split open the Kanurk defence yet again, Bodie sent in a dangerous cross and after a mix up in the box the ball deflected off a Kanturk defender and rolled into the empty net.
The final 20 minutes were scrappy as both sides battled for possession and Newmarket looked to play the game out. Kanturk worked hard, but failed to break the resolute Newmarket defence with Colin O'Sullivan and Kevin O'Connor particularly impressive.
Kanturk will feel the game was theirs in the first half having stormed into the lead but in the end Newmarket were comfortable winners and showed great class to come back from two goals down.
NEWMARKET: Seanie O'Connor, Trevor Murphy, Colin O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Connor, Tj Bodie, Timothy Murphy, Shane Murphy, Brian O'Riordan, Nicky Flanagan, John Ryan, Alan Dugdale Subs: John O'Callaghan
KANTURK: Brian Barry, Kevin Smith, Michael Bowman, Ronan Sheahan, Ian Winters, Leonard Barry, Damian Finn, David O'Neill, Timmie Murphy, Denis Finn