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Newman helps slay Queen's

A six-point contribution by full-forward Michael Newman allied to a wonderfully resolute and hard-working defensive performance were the key factors as NUI Maynooth carried on their habit of slaying the big boys.

The home side got all the way to the semi-final last year, much to the surprise of many, and they look capable of repeating those heroics judging on this well-deserved victory over a more fancied Queen's.

Midfield superiority and the deployment of a quick delivery helped them take a 0-8 to 0-6 interval lead, despite falling behind to points from Charlie and James Kielt in the opening minutes.

Paul Callaghan added a half-volleyed point to two converted frees, however, while Newman was very close to a goal when his magnificent shot on the turn just cleared the crossbar. He also sent over a 45-metre free with the outside of his right boot.

Queen's restored parity early in the second half with points from James Kielt and Ryan Jones, but they then managed only one more score in the match, which was scoreless for the final 18 minutes.

Gavin McIntyre's well-taken point after a delightful Barry Mitchell pass put the Belfast college under pressure and they started to chase goals, when points would have done.

Scorers -- NUI Maynooth: M Newman 0-6 (4f), P Callaghan 0-3 (2f), F Barry, G McIntyre 0-1 each. Queen's: J Kielt 0-5 (4f), C Kielt, N McKenna, L O'Neill, R Jones 0-1 each.

NUI Maynooth -- S Connolly; D Dalton, D Booth, C Freeman; K O'Brien, D Quinn, T Johnson; C Murphy, J Califf; M Hanratty, P Callaghan, D Quinn; F Barry, M Newman, G McIntyre. Subs: P O Conghaile for Johnson (28), B Mitchell for Hanratty (40), C Marron for Barry inj (57), A Behan for McIntyre (60).

QUEEN'S -- J Deeney; N McGovern, L O'Neill, O Duffy; C Kielt, J O'Kane, L Howard; S Burke, R Jones; M Sweeney, N McKenna, R Grugan; J Kielt, J Ireland, M Armstrong. Subs: K Rafferty for Jones (45), S Barton for Burke (49), C Crilly for Grugan (53).

Ref -- S Carroll (Westmeath).

Irish Independent