Seniors loose while Reserves get back to winning ways at Newbridge
The Martins travelled to Newbridge on a lovely sunny Sunday with the hope of picking up the first points of the season. Both the Martins and the Bridge hadn't registered any league points between them and both sides were hoping to rectify this situation.
Newbridge started the game at a frantic speed and the Martins found themselves 8 points down in the blink off an eye with Newbridge smashing in two goals and a few points in the opening ten minute period. Once the third goal went in the writing was on the wall, and when Newbridge scored what could only be described as a brilliantly finished fourth goal, the Martins where simply playing for pride and damage limitation as the contest was over, all barring a miracle.
The second half brought a few changes in personel and the Martins started to fight back and produce some good football. They battled to the end but where unable to really dent the damage caused by the four goals scored by Newbridge. Some positves to come from the game is that newbridge where quite efficent in their scoring where as if the Martins could convert some of the wayward and missed chances we should pick up some points soon.
With facing a tough away tie to Claudy next Sunday, the lads need to quickly pick themselves up and get up for the game, and hopefully pick up some points to get our season underway and settled.
With the Reserves playing, their nearest rivals in last years league and championship, after suffering a defeat last week it was sure to be a tough encounter.
The reserves applied alot of pressure in the early stages and these paid dividend and gave them a platform to run out reasonably comfortable 6 point winners. The whole back 6 where strong against a Newbridge forward line full of guile and speed. With notable performances from Michael Kelly, Shane O'Neill and Ciaran Higgins Snr. Dermot Kelly fielded great ball in midfield and Gerard Murray and Dermot Bradley in fine form in the forward 6. Without a doubt though the man of the match award went to Dec Kidd Jnr, with two great saves and good kickouts.