Newmarket bridge 55 year gap to be­come king­pins of Duhal­low

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NEWMARKET cap­tured the Duhal­low Ju­nior B Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day last, 10th Septem­ber, on a score­line of 0-18 to 1-11 in Freemount against Kil­brin.

Con­di­tions were tough on the day with swirling winds and show­ers but the Freemount sod al­lowed for a good game of hurl­ing in which both teams scored some fine points.

It was Newmarket that got off to the per­fect start when Shane Congo Mur­phy ri­fled over the open­ing point af­ter five min­utes. Jack Mur­phy fol­lowed this with a point of his own be­fore Paul Ver­ling struck two out­stand­ing frees to give Newmarket a four point lead at the quar­ter mark.

Kil­brin got their first score of the match af­ter 16 min­utes but again it was Newmarket who held con­trol of the game with Daniel Nor­ton and Eoin O’Con­nell in par­tic­u­larly good form in the wing back po­si­tions. Paul Ver­ling struck two more points, one of which was a great score from his left un­der pres­sure af­ter some good work from Danny O’Con­nell out wide.

The dan­ger­ous Jack Mur­phy got his sec­ond point of the day and this was quickly fol­lowed by an Ed­die Allen point from mid field.

Kil­brin got the next two scores but Newmarket can­celled them out just as quickly with Congo and Jack Mur­phy on tar­get again. Kil­brin got the fi­nal score of the half to leave it on a score­line of 0-10 to 0-4 to Newmarket at the short whis­tle.

Paul Ver­ling started the sec­ond half with two more points, one of which was a huge free from his own half against the wind. Kil­brin replied with two quick points.

Ed­die Allen and T. J. Bodie’s hard work at mid field was pay­ing div­i­dends for the for­wards as Paul Ver­ling hit three more points while Congo added one of his own from the left wing to put Newmarket into a ten point lead.

Kil­brin kept bat­tling and, in a rare breach of the back line, came very close to scor­ing a goal but for the hero­ics of Nicky Bar­rett in goal.

While Kil­brin added a point, the Newmarket full back line of Aaron O’ Callaghan, Tim Mur­phy and Michael O’Leary were prov­ing to be very hard to pass on the day, meet­ing the Kil­brin at­tacks with great re­sis­tance.

Michael Cot­trell put over a fine point from cen­tre for­ward af­ter some good work from Jacko Fla­herty to give Newmarket a lead of 0-17 to 0-8 with five min­utes re­main­ing.

Ai­dan Browne had an ex­cep­tional sec­ond half, car­ry­ing count­less balls out from the back­line while Séan Mee­han grew in stature as the game went on. Congo hit his fourth of the day, again from far out on the left wing.

Kil­brin ral­lied, though, and were re­warded with a fine goal from the tight­est of an­gles. They fol­lowed this up with two more points to cut the deficit to just five points but Newmarket held on and they cap­tured their first ti­tle at this grade since Newmarket won the then Novice Cham­pi­onship of 1962, 55 years ago.

Eoin O’Con­nell lifted the cup and ac­knowl­edged the work of Séan Irwin and Ea­mon Moyni­han as se­lec­tors of the team.

Af­ter over­com­ing Banteer in the semi-fi­nal, fol­low­ing a great come back, Newmarket looked in con­trol of the game from the start on Sun­day with Paul Ver­ling, in par­tic­u­lar, keep­ing the score board tick­ing over. It was a well de­served vic­tory on the day.

Newmarket Team: Nicky Bar­rett, Michael O’Leary, Tim Mur­phy, Aaron O’Callaghan, Eoin O’Con­nell (Cap­tain), Ai­dan Browne, Daniel Nor­ton, Ed­die Allen, T. J. Bodie, Jacko Fla­herty, Michael Cot­trell, Shane Congo Mur­phy, Paul Ver­ling, Jack Mur­phy, Danny O’Con­nell; sub: Séan Mee­han

THe Newmarket team who cap­tured the Duhal­low Ju­nior B Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day last.

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