U14s Win Pakie Ryan Shield

Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-06
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Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus

A more balanced Newmarket-on-Fergus claimed the U14 B Shield on Friday evening although they were forced to hold off a late Banner rally to do so.

Captain Sol Frost opened the scoring from a free for the hosts. In their next attack a Seadhna Liddy sideline cut was controlled by Conor Meehan with the corner forward then taking on his marker and putting the ball straight between the posts.

Ronan Tierney picked up the first goal of the game on the twelfth minute when he pulled on the sliotar to the back of the net. Oisin McMahon then collected The Banner’s first score four minutes later from a placed ball. The distance between the sides was then reduced to a single point as Sultan Akinwale tore through the Newmarket defence and fired past a helpless Adam Enright.

Another McMahon point levelled the teams before Adam Enright pulled off an excellent save to deny the Ennis based club a certain goal. A Seadhna Liddy goal and Conor Meehan point in the space of three minutes saw Newmarket go in at the break holding a four point advantage.

Just like their finish to the first half, The Blues got their second half off to a flying start with a brace of 1-01 inside six minutes as Ronan Tierney bagged his second goal and Frost hit over a placed ball.

Oisin McMahon who kept his side in the game, added three frees on the trot before Frost slotted another free. McMahon hit three more white flags without response only for Seadhna Liddy to get the final score of the hour.

Goals were pivotal in this game, up front Ronan Tierney and Seadhna Liddy were able to create chances for Newmarket while at the other end full-back Dylan Crowe and custodian Adam Enright limited the damage. Winning this Shield will please Newmarket supporters as it named after one of their own, the late Pakie Ryan. Going forward this bunch of players can certainly progress in a number of areas and reaching the knockout stages of the U16 B Championship will definitely be their aim for two years time.

After the game, victorious captain Sol Frost received the Pakie Ryan Shield off Bord na nÓg Chairman Joe Pender and Christy Ryan, father of the late Pakie.

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Adam Enright; Darragh Jones, Dylan Crowe, Brian Morrissey; Brian Molloy, Sol Frost (0-03 3f), Jack Moloney; Jamie Power, Daniel McDarby; Aaron Moroney, Seadhna Liddy (1-01), Michael Costelloe; Conor Meehan (0-02), Ronan Tierney (2-00), Lee Cregan. Subs: Emmet Calvey for Cregan, Mark Molloy for Costelloe, Hugh O’Grady for Moloney, Sean Duggan, Eamonn Cavanagh, Robert Hanton, Eric Ng, Evan Morrissey, Conor Crowe, Evan Morrissey, Alex Byrne, Seamus Quinn, Mark Delaney.

Banner: Patrick Sholann; Cian Cullinan, Ronan Marron, Dylan Mooney; Dylan Murphy, Donnagh Cullinan, Justin McGrath; Oisin McMahon (0-08 6f), Sean McMahon; Sam Montwill, Sultan Akinwale (1-00), Matthew McGrath; Conor Dennehy, Johnson Munumkum, Jonathan Casey.

Referee: Chris Maguire (Wolfe Tones)

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