NEWMARKET tore the form book to shreds at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday to take the Premier IFC title for the first time in their history from an unfortunate Clyda Rovers, 3-6 to 1-10.
Rank outsiders after losing two earlier rounds in the competition, the Duhallow side were up against a team who had won all their games, a club desperately keen to put the disappointment of losing the previous two finals behind them.
Two evenly matched sides were level four times, and it looked odds on a draw until Tony O’Keeffe scored Newmarket’s third major eight minutes from time to go four points in front.
But they had to defend stoutly in the closing minutes as Clyda came in waves looking to save the game.
Two first-half goals by Fionn O’Shea and Kevin O’Sullivan gave the winners a 2-2 to 1-4 lead at the break, the Clyda goal coming from a Brian O’Riordan penalty.
Clyda will regret one chance. James Murphy found himself in acres of space and bore down on goal but with only the keeper to beat and a loose man inside, he opted to go it alone and kicked into the side netting.
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