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Three wins in a row for Ruan

posted Apr 19, 2015, 2:07 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 2:52 PM ]
Ruan 0-19     Newmarket-on-Fergus 1-10

    It was Newmarket that were first to register on the scoreboard after Oisin Pender pointed a free won as a result of a foul on Paul McInerney. Killian Ryan replied immediately for the John Punch managed side catching and hitting over the bar straight off a Pakie Roughan puckout. James McInerney struck the sliotar to the bottom left corner of Roughan’s net with eight minutes played after receiving a handpass from David Burke. Ruan replied with two placed balls via Mikey Vaughan and Aidan Lynch. Oisin Pender and Lynch swapped scores at the midway stage. Brendan Lyons levelled matters with sixteen minutes played from close range. The Blues went one ahead when wing-back Paudie McMahon split the posts after making his way forward and taking full advantage of a good pass from John Feehily. Five points without reply saw Ruan race into the lead, their scores coming via Aidan Lynch, Mikey Vaughan, Killian Ryan and Eoin Hanrahan. A fine score from Malachy Noonan got Newmarket their first score in eight minutes with twenty seven minutes on the clock. The half finished with three frees sailing between the posts, Lynch and Vaughan were on target for the side who were relegated from the Senior ranks in 2014 and Pender pointed for the Blues to ensure Ruan led 0-12 to 1-05 at the interval.

Two pointed frees from Oisin Pender saw the Blues cut the gap to two points early on. Ruan’s first score of the second half came with twelve minutes played from Mikey Vaughan and they pushed ahead with a Brendan Lyons point two minutes after. David Burke opened his account for Newmarket straight after following great movement, another Pender score brought the distance between the sides to two points. Ruan were handed a glorious opportunity when Eoin Hanrahan earned the side a penalty, but Aidan Lynch failed to take advantage as his effort sailed to the left of Ian Mulcahy’s post. A great over the shoulder strike from James McInerney brought the Blues to within a point with eleven minutes remaining in the tie. Ruan finished strong with scores from Eoin Hanrahan, Lynch and Vaughan to seal the win.

Had Ruan come toe to toe with a fully strength Newmarket-on-Fergus it could have been a different result but they took advantage of the ball when it reached their attack, something the Blues didn’t too enough of. Each score they got started from a move in the middle of the field when they picked up the breaks. They were clinical from placed balls and eight of their scores were from frees and 65’s. Michael Lyons, Caimin Howard and Aidan Lynch were the main men for Ruan.

Newmarket failed to score for the final eleven minutes of the tie, when they came within a point of their opponents and in the end it was their slack finish that cost them. Up front the Blues are letting go of possession too easily but they are continuing to mix it with some of the stronger sides in the Intermediate grade. Padraig O’Looney, Colm McCaul, Eoin McInerney and David Burke caught the eye for the Darren Hayes managed outfit.

Ruan: Pakie Roughan, Garry Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke, Darragh Roughan, Caimin Howard, Michael Lyons, Michael Vaughan (0-07 2f 3’65), Tadhg Hanrahan, Killian Ryan (0-02), Declan O’Regan, Brendan Lyons (0-02), Aidan Lynch (0-06 4f), Eoin Hanrahan (0-02), Sean Cullinan. Subs: Mark Corry for Cullinan (HT), Colm Rice for O’Regan (42).

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Ian Mulcahy, Liam O’Connor, Eoin McInerney, Padraig O’Looney, Paudie McMahon (0-01), Evan Keogh, Paudie Conway, Colm McCaul, Malachy Noonan (0-01), John Feehily, Paul McInerney, David Burke (0-01), Oisin Pender (0-06 5f), James McInerney (1-01), David McCormack. Subs: Darren O’Connor for O’Connor (HT), Rory Murphy for McCormack (45), Donagh Keogh for Noonan (58).

Referee: Fergal Gray (Feakle).