Keane's late strike gives De La Salle the edge


MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL De La Salle 1-10 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-10:An injury-time goal from John Keane sealed victory for Waterford champions De La Salle in front of 2,509 spectators at Sixmilebridge yesterday and secured them a final place against Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday week.

De La Salle appeared the stronger outfit in the opening half but hit nine wides in that period which left them just 0-8 to 0-7 ahead at the interval.

Newmarket began the third quarter with a swagger. Two well-executed scores by Shane O’Brien Snr had them in front for the first time in the game by the 34th minute.

A Jake Dillon free from a point plus a John Mullane effort regained the lead for the visitors by the 41st minute. Newmarket’s Mike McInerney and De La Salle’s Dean Twomey exchanged points and midway through the half McInerney saw a goal attempt rebound off the crossbar.

Newmarket were dominant at that stage but they will rue a succession of five costly wides.

Another McInerney score had the sides locked at 0-10 apiece before a movement that began in midfield with Eddie Barrett in injury-time found Keane on the edge of the square and he capitalised to fire home the all-important winning goal.

DE LA SALLE: S Brenner; C Watt, I Flynn, S Daniels; E Madigan, K Moran, B Phelan (0-2, frees); E Barrett, D Twomey (0-2); P Nevin (0-1), D Greene, J Dillon (0-1, free); J Keane (1-2), J Kennedy, J Mullane (0-2). Subs: O Keevers for Watt (36 mins), C Sheehan for Madigan (49 mins), S McNulty for Greene (50 mins).

NEWMARKET: D Duggan; S O’Connor, J McInerney, E O’Brien; N O’Connor, E Barrett, A Barrett; E Hayes, M O’Hanlon; D Barrett (0-1), C Ryan (0-4, two frees, one 65), M McInerney (0-2); S O’Brien Jnr (0-1), A Kilmartin, S O’Brien Snr (0-2). Subs: J Liddy for Kilmartin (38 mins), S Kelliher for S O’Brien Jnr (50 mins).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).

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