Munster League Champions Trophy ¼ Final
Newmarket Celtic 1-3 Carew Park
Carew Park put in an impressive second half performance to defeat Newmarket Celtic in the quarter-final of the League Champions trophy at McDonagh Park on Sunday. Newmarket dominated the first half but the introduction of former Limerick FC star Kieran O’Hanlon at half time for the visitors turned this game on its head and earned them a place in the semi-final against Carrick Utd or St Michael’s.
Stephen Kelly went close for Newmarket on 10 minutes with a header from an Eoin Hayes corner that was cleared off the line. Newmarket went in front on 25 minutes with another well delivered corner from Hayes met by a powerful Paddy Purcell header to the back of the Carew net. Good work from Steven Carroll and Seamie Lawlor on the right wing created a good chance for Brian Monaghan on 30 minutes but his effort went the wrong side of the post for the home side. A good run and shot from Hayes on 33 minutes was saved by Jamie Stewart. Newmarket kept the pressure on and David McCarthy had a shot blocked on 36 minutes. Another good run and cross from Eoin Hayes to Cathal Hayes on 38 minutes saw Newmarket go close again with a shot over the bar. Carew had their first chance of the half right on half time when a free kick from Jonathan Grant was headed wide at the back post by Gary Griffin.
Carew introduced O’Hanlon at half time and he went close from a free kick on 60 minutes that brought a good save out of Robert Shier. O’Hanlon went close again on 63 minutes with a header from a good delivery from Jamie Enright that Shier got down low to save. It was all Carew now and yet again O’Hanlon was denied by a great save from Shier on 69 minutes after a good turn and shot inside the box. The pressure finally paid off for the visitors on 70 minutes when Mark McGrath got some space in the box after getting on the end of a through ball from Gary Griffin and fired a low shot to the left corner of the Newmarket net. Newmarket continued to be a threat from set pieces and Purcell went close with a header from another Hayes corner on 74 minutes. Both sides were going for the win now and McGrath went close again on 75 minutes with a header from a Adam Purcell cross. Carew went in front on 77 minutes with a great finish from O’Hanlon from the edge of the box as he fired an unstoppable shot to the top corner of the Newmarket net. It was game over on 83 minutes when McGrath got some space in the box after linking up well with O’Hanlon and finished well to round off a good victory for the Limerick champions.
Newmarket Celtic: Robert Shier, Steven Carroll, Darren Cullinan, Stephen Kelly, Paddy Purcell, Ian Collins, Brian Monaghan, Eoin Hayes, Seamus Lawlor, David McCarth, Cathal Hayes
Subs: Ronan McCormack for Cathal Hayes, Eoin O’Brien for Kelly, Colin Ryan for Monaghan
Carew Park: Jamie Stewart, Keegan Park, Jamie Enright, Mark Slattery, Richie Mullins, Gary Griffin, Adam Purcell, Philip Naughton, Mark McGrath, Jonathan Grant, Derek O’Hanlon
Subs: Kieran O’Hanlon for Derek O’Hanlon
Referee: Martin O’Brien
Asst Referees: Shane Hayes & John Grier