Sunday 21 January 2018

Newmarket hit four to keep promotion hopes alive

Andy Twomey

Newmarket 4 Buttevant 1 NEWMARKET FC recorded a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Buttevant on Tuesday to keep their hopes of promotion alive.

The opening exchanges were scrappy and tense as both sides traded possession and looked for the allimportant first goal. Chances were few and far between but Newmarket broke the deadlock after some good play down the right. The ball was cleared for a Newmarket throw in, Nicky Flanagan sent it into the box where it was flicked onto Alan Dugdale who was lurking in the box and he made no mistake to prod the ball into the back of the Buttevant net.

Newmarket were now firmly on top and created chances at will. When Alan Dugdale shot from just outside the box, the Buttevant keeper couldn't hold it and Timmy O'Keeffe was fastest to react to fire Newmarket into a commanding two goal lead. Soon after it was 3-0 and again Buttevant were caught napping from a set play. O'Keeffe controlled the ball excellently from a throw in and beat the keeper again with a smart finish.

Buttevant could be forgiven for throwing in the towel but to their credit they came back into the contest and created a number of chances. They pulled one back on the stroke of half time through an excellent long-range effort from Mark Sweeney.

However, Buttevant were outplayed after the interval and in truth the second half was all Newmarket. Newmarket threatened time after time and when TimMurphy rattled the post it was a sign of things to come for the home team. Dugdale and O'Keeffe's impressive partnership up front combined again when Dugdale slipped a ball through for O'Keeffe, he was up ended in the box and the ref had no choice but to point to the spot.

O'Keeffe dusted himself down and calmy slotted away the spot kick to complete his hat-trick and a fine individual display. Buttevant battled to pull a goal back and work their way back into the game, but Newmarket were dominant in every position and held on for what could be a vital three points in the promotion


NEWMARKET: Seanie O'Connor, Tj Bodie, Trevor Murphy, Kevin O'Connor, John Morgan, Nicky Flanagan, Tim Murphy, Shane Murphy, Mattie Fitzpatrick, Alan Dugdale, Timmy O'Keeffe Subs: Vinny Molloy,Eugene Bodie, Jimmy O'Sullivan

BUTTEVANT: Barry Murrise, Ethan Boules, Stephan Relihan, Paul Ring, Darren O'Sullivan, Patrick Egan, Mark Sweeney, Shane Collins, Brian Kelleher,Damian Fallon, Alan Sweeney, Phil O'Mahony Subs: Will O'Callaghan, Neilie Buckley, Tony Collins, Adam Boules

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