Six of the best for Newmarket Town
THIS was the highest winning margin last weekend as Newmarket thundered into the semi-final of the President's Cup with this comprehensive win over Leeview.
PRESIDENT'S CUP QUARTER-FINAL
Leeview Athletic 2 Newmarket Town 6
As the competition is reserved for third division sides, Newmarket will hope to do just as well in the remaining two games.
Leeview play on astroturf and they settled into the game much quicker than the visitors. Newmarket went ahead against the run of play when wing back Mattie Fitzpatrick chipped in their opening goal. TJ Bodie set up the second with a free kick that Trevor Murphy touched into the net and, after this second goal, Newmarket dominated the game. Trevor Murphy headed home a corner to make it three-nil on 32 minutes and Newmarket led 4-0 at halftime thanks to an own-goal by Leeview on another TJ Bodie corner kick.
Leeside continued to play their passing game in the second half and they kept a high tempo to their approach play. In all, they forced two good saves from visiting keeper Seánie Francis O'Connor. Newmarket, for their part, continued to contest possession keenly and their good use of the ball kept them in control. Following a through ball from TJ Bodie, a good solo run and finish from Colin Stack put Newmarket up 50 just five minutes into the second half.
Leeview scored their first with 25 minutes to play with a far post header but a late comeback did not look likely.
Instead, Newmarket resumed total control when Timmy Murphy and Brian Riordan combined to put Kevin O'Connor through on goal and he took his opportunity with a sublime dink over the out-coming keeper. That made it 6-1 to Newmarket and the goal feast finished with a converted Leeside penalty in the last minute of the game.
Overall, this President's Cup quarter final was a memorable and enjoyable game for the North Cork side. Newmarket will play the semi-final at home to Dunbar Celtic B in the first weekend of November. Ballincollig 0 Macroom A 4 MACROOM progressed comfortably into the third round of the Munster Junior Cup with this emphatic win over second division Ballincollig. In reality, a win was never in doubt as Premier League Macroom were much stronger than Ballincollig who are second from the bottom of League 2.
Macroom settled quickly thanks to good possession football and a lively start from Darren Kelly and Conor O'sullivan. Their dominance showed on the scoresheet after 25 minutes when Darragh Crowley slotted his shot neatly past the keeper on an excellent cross from Darren Kelly on the wing. While Macroom continued to enjoy the greater share of possession, their keeper Mark Twohig made two good saves from long range shots in the run-up to halftime. Conor O'Sullivan put Macroom up two-nil on the 55 minute mark with a powerful, unstoppable shot and the game was one-sided