Wednesday 24 January 2018

Inniscarra dig out worthy victory over Newmarket

County JBFC quarter-final

Inniscarra pulled away from Newmarket to gain a comfortable nine-point victory in the County Junior B Football Championship quarter-final played at inclement Millstreet.

Inniscarra 2-8 Newmarket 0-5

Persistent rain and slippery underfoot conditions saw quality lacking as both sides struggled to get to grips with a greasy ball. At times, the football might have left something to be desired yet the Muskerry champions kept their patience and once the opportunities presented, Inniscarra finished with aplomb .

Newmarket can have few complaints about the outcome, defeated by a better balanced side, that crucially carried a far more widespread threat going forward. Apart from a lively opening, there wasn't much to enthuse those present in the opening half.

Straight from the off, Newmarket had served early notice from a lead point, a free converted by Shane Murphy. Inniscarra answered with a likewise score from the boot of Shane Buckley before the Mid Cork side received a tonic boost, good work by Liam Ó Riain allowed supporting wing back George O'Mahony to net in the 7th minute.

As the rain came down, the game deteriorated with misplaced passes and turn overs a regular feature. Newmarket applied a degree of pressure, delivered by Pa O'Brien, Robert Stack and Murphy yet for 25 minutes of playing time, just a single point by Stack was recorded for Newmarket to trail 1-1 to 0-2 at the break.

Though the rain relented on the restart, dour exchanges again surfaced only for Inniscarra to break the stalemate on a second goal, Dylan O'Sullivan, the creator for Buckley to finish surperbly. That score roused Inniscarra, taking encouragement from the play of Richie O'Connor, David Twomey and George O'Mahony in defence with James Walsh and Andrew McCarthy dictating the centre.

Pouring forward, Buckley, Eric Baxter and Padraig O'Donoughue added points in a productive spell.

Newmarket were operating second fiddle, waiting for Murphy to add to their interval tally. However there was no stopping Inniscarra, Walsh posting a pair of points to rubber-stamp a deserved win in demanding conditions.

INNISCARRA: L Geaney; B Gould, K Browne, P Murphy; R O'Connor, D Twomey, G O'Mahony 1-0; J Walsh 0-2, A McCarthy; R O'Mahony, L Ó Riain, E Baxter 0-2; T Buckley, S Buckley 1-2, D O'Sullivan. Subs: E O'Connell for Buckley, J Walsh for O'Mahony, S Linehan for O'Sullivan, P O'Donoughue 0-2 for McCarthy, E Kavanagh for Murphy.

NEWMARKET: N O'Connor; D Fitzpatrick, J Scanlon, E O'Connell; D Norton, P O'Brien, J Hayes; M Cottrell, R Stack 0-1; L McCarthy, J Lane, M Kenneally; S Murphy 0-4f, E Allen, N Barrett. Subs: B Stack for Barrett (inj), P Verling for McCarthy, K Lehane for Hayes, J Murphy for O'Connell.

Referee: C O'Regan (Ballyhea)


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