REPORT: Barefield Beat 16s

Doora/Barefield stormed to a comfortable sixteen point win over Newmarket-on-Fergus in Round Three of the U16 A Hurling Championship on Sunday morning.

St Josephs Doora/Barefield 2-17
Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-07
Venue: Gurteen

It took nineteen minutes for Newmarket to register their first score, that a point via Peter Power and by that stage Doora/Barefield had racketed up a total of seven points. Their dominance was never questioned as The Blues played nowhere near their potential.

Tony Butler at centre forward was the main man for St Josephs and he caused Newmarket plenty of problems, opposing centre forward Eoin Guilfoyle was repositioned at centre back close to half time to dilute Butler’s influence with Jack Enright moving to attack.

James Barry hit a late first half score from distance to leave it 1-11 0-02 at half-time. Doora/Barefield showed no signs of relenting in the second half, this was highlighted in the fact that they only made one substitution despite having plenty of able bodies on the sideline.

Newmarket on the other hand upped their performance in the second half but it was not enough to challenge a more balanced Barefield.

They may point to the absence of several players for this contest, but once they hit their form with or without key players Newmarket are capable of so much more, the disappointing thing for their followers is knowing they are not doing themselves justice with recent displays. Kieran McMahon, Seadhna Liddy & Feidhlim Barry were best for the Blues while Tony Butler was a head above the rest for the winners.

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Paudi Guilfoyle; JJ Hanton, Kieran McMahon, Oisin McInerney; Sol Frost, Jack Enright (0-01), Thomas Costelloe; Stephen Casey, James Barry (0-01); Feidhlim Barry, Eoin Guilfoyle, Ronan McCarthy; Oisin McInerney, Peter Power (0-05 5f), Ger O’Connor. Subs: Seadhna Liddy for O’Connor (HT), Mark Delaney for Costelloe (HT), Conor Freeman for McInerney (40).

Referee: Damien Fox (Clooney/Quin)

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