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Newmarket Celtic chalked up their fourth victory in a row and kept the pressure on their rivals at the top of the table as they made the trip to Roslevan on Sunday and scored 5 goals also for the fourth time in a row.
There was little between the teams early on and the first chance fell to Newmarket and Brian Monaghan on 15 minutes when he hit the post with a left foot volley. Eamon O’Reilly went close for Avenue on 20 minutes from a set piece but headed narrowly wide. David McCarthy had a good chance for Newmarket on 24 minutes but sliced a left foot shot wide of the target. Stephen Kelly put Newmarket in front on 30 minutes with a well struck right foot finish low past Barry Ryan in the Avenue goal after getting on the end of a Eoin Hayes corner. Newmarket went 2 up before half time when Eoin Hayes scored from the penalty spot after Ryan was adjudged to have taken him down in the area. It was a tough call on Avenue as Ryan looked to have won the ball in the tackle.
Ryan picked up a second yellow card for his protests and Avenue now had a mountain to climb. The second half started with Eoin O’Brien going close with a header for Newmarket. Avenue got back in it when Jamie Roche scored after a well worked move for the home side. Newmarket restored their 2 goal advantage when O’Brien got on the end of a Ian Collins cross to the back post to finish well. It was game over as a contest when David McCarthy scored a fourth for Newmarket with a great strike from 25 yards that flew into the top right corner. O’Brien wrapped up the victory for Newmarket before full time when he finished well from a well delivered cross from Darren Cullinan to leave it 5-1 to the visitors at the finish.
Newmarket Celtic: Rob Shier, Steven Carroll, Paddy Purcell, Stephen Kelly, Darren Cullinan; Brian Monaghan, Eoin Hayes, Seamus Lawlor, Eoin O’Brien; Davy McCarthy, Ronan McCormack
Subs: Ian Collins for Monaghan, Cathal Hayes for E Hayes.