Newport served notice of their County Intermediate Hurling Championship intentions with a thoroughly convincing last sixteen win over Lattin Cullen in Dundrum on
Newport made light work of the challenge and they could afford to start taking off players after 40 minutes when Sean O’Brien had completed his hat-trick in scoring his side’s fifth goal.
From the moment Padraig Hogan reacted quickest to tap home a third minute goal, Newport were always in control and they had the game wrapped up by half time when Sean O’Brien and Eoin Shinnors cracked home goals just before the break to see their side lead 3-10 to 0-4.
With the half back line of Andrew Hickey, Stephen O’Connor and Odhran Floyd negating the ability of the Grogan brothers and Cathal Dillon, Lattin Cullen were left with few avenues to get scores, only two points of their total coming from play. Lattin Cullen pressed to the end with Cathal Dillon getting a late consolation goal from a 21 metre free.
Newport: Mike Flannery; Christopher O’Connor, Paddy Jones, Rob Houlihan; Odhran Floyd (0-2), Stephen O’Connor, Andrew Hickey; Peter O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan; Pa Ryan (0-1), Sean O’Brien (3-0), Martin Carey; Eoin Shinnors (1-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Conor O’Mahony (0-1), Padraig Hogan (1-3). Subs - Aidan Ryan for O Floyd (40 minutes); Conor Floyd (0-1) for B O’Sullivan (40 mins); Michael Ryan for C O’Connor (43 mins); Aidan Moloney for Shinnors (50 mins); Vincent Moloney for O’Brien (53 mins).
Lattin-Cullen - Stephen Martin; Laurence Coskeran, Mark O’Shea, Mark Hanley; Brendan Hanley, Evan Hanley, Michael Hanley; Thomas Hanley (0-1), Shane Russell; Cathal Dillon (1-11, 1-9 frees, 0-1 65), Seamus Grogan, Mark Russell; Shane Ryan, Barry Grogan, Cathal O’Shea. Subs - Ed O’Meara for S Grogan (half time); Brian Moroney for C O’Shea (half time); Sean Cunningham for S Russell (43 mins); Eoin O’Connell for Michael Hanley (45 minutes); Pat Power for Ryan (45 mins).
Referee: PJ Nolan (Killea).