Sunday 21 April 2019

Newtown make it four times in a row

Naughton Cup Final

The Naughton Cup in memory of the late Diarmuid Naughton (Newtown) was first introduced in 2011.

Newtownshandrum 1-15 Dromina 1-14

Newtown have won the title on all four occasions. On Saturday night the final against their fellow parishioners Dromina was played under lights in Newtown. Playing conditions were excellent. Newtown started well.

The sides were level at 0-3 after 11 minutes. For the rest of the game Newtown held the lead. Jamie C Coughlan was in outstanding scoring form all through. The winners did well in midfield in the opening half where Sean Griffin and Diarmuid Lane were very effective.

Points by Willie O'Mahony, Jamie C Coughlan were followed by a great Dromina point by Shane O'Callaghan. The winners goal came in the 20th minute when Jamie C Coughlan netted from a free 1-6 to 0-4.

The winners added four more points before the break by Jamie C Coughlan that had them 1-10 tom 0- 5 clear at the interval. Dromina picked up immensely on the restart.

Their attack put the Newtown defence under constant pressure.

Diarmuid Buckley had two great points with Andrew O'Shaughnessy with some very good pointed frees eating into the lead.

Paddy Burke with a Dromina point in the 49th minute had the lead down to five 1-13 to 0- 11. Jamie C Coughlan replied with two points for Newtown. In the 58th minute Andrew O'Shaughnessy goaled from a close in free and the minimum separated the sides.

Dromina had two chances of forcing extra time in injury time, but both were narrowly wide. Newtown held out for a single point win. After the game Cathal Naughton presented the cup to the winning captain Willie O'Mahony in the presence of Board Chairman John O'Donnell.

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: E Moloney, Darren Lane, W Coughlan, S Young, B Morrissey, K Coughlan, E Coughlan, S Griffin, Diarmuid Lane 0-1, D O'Mahony 0-1, J C Coughlan 1-11 (1-5f. 0-1 '65) D Geary 0-1, W O'Mahony 0-1 (Capt) C Herlihy, K Cagney Subs: D Sheehan for W O'Mahony, S Moran for D Geary

DROMINA: K Kennedy, M Finn, P Hayes, D O'Shaughnessy, M Naughton, K Hayes, G Hayes, R Morrissey, P Burke 0-2, A O'Shaughnessy 1-6f. B Naughton 0-1, J Delee, S O'Callaghan 0-1 J Finn, J Jordan 0-2 Subs: B Bowles for R Morrissey, D Carroll for K Hayes (inj) D Buckley 0-2, for S O'Callaghan, R Morrissey for M Finn.

Referee: John Sexton (Ballyhea)