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Fenit 6-2 Castleisland

On a wet Saturday morning in Fenit our under 13 team displayed a very impressive performance against a strong Castleisland side. It was not only the scoreline which impressed but the manner and style of play by the Fenit players was at times a joy to watch. This was shown by numerous of the fenit goals being scored after some beautiful passages of play often containing 10-20 passes.

Goals by Johnathan trent 2, Eddie Mccarthy 2, Oisin Horgan and Dara Heim sealed the win for fenit with Castleisland replying with two very well worked goals. On a day where all players performed excellently best players for Fenit were Conor gaynor, Dara Heim and Johnathan Trent.

U17s: Fenit Samphires 3 Mastergeeha 3

The 17s played Mastergeeha in Fenit last weekend in a league fixture. The pitch was wet after the recent bad weather and it cut up a bit as the match went on but both sets of players made light of the conditions. We decided to play five in midfield initially as we found ourselves 6 nil down at half time in the corresponding away fixture earlier in the season. Bobby O Regan, Jack McCarthy and Thomas Lenihan in the centre provided a platform for us throughout and probably dominated overall.

The pattern of the match quickly established itself as Mastergeeha went the direct route and we tried to play through the middle third. Mastergeeha as we know, are quite dangerous when given any bit of space so the plan was to deny this. Cormac O Brien at left back had to retire with a knee injury after 15 minutes and we replaced him with new signing Kieran Dwyer.

We took the lead after 20 minutes after a period of attacking pressure by us yielded a fortuitous penalty which Bobby converted. The game evened up for a bit but our bigger opponents forced a number of corners and from one of these they scored with a shot after we had only half cleared. We went ahead again when Oisin was taken down after one of his slalom runs into the box.

Bobby again converted the penalty. 2-1 at the half. 2nd Half – In the second half Oisin O Brien and John Dillane on the wings particularly dangerous for us on the counter attack and created chances but we failed to convert. Sean Higgins up front was getting on to a lot of ball in very testing conditions and recycled well to bring his midfield into the game.

Again as if the first half was repeating itself, Mastergeeha forced another series of corners and scored with a header as we conceded space near the goal far too easily… and once again we pushed on and scored from a corner ourselves through Thomas after the ball was knocked on at the near post by Jack. Samphires had more of the play from here on but didn’t manage to add to the lead and unfortunately conceded from an innocuous effort from the wing.

The flight of the ball slightly eluded keeper Brian O’Regan but it was enough to squirm it’s way into the net. Brian won’t have been too happy about it but he recovered well for the rest of the match.

The other defenders Darren Chester, Antoin Stanton and Sean Donnellan can be happy with their performances as we didn’t give up too many chances against a potent forward line. With 25 to go, Christopher Murphy came on up front and saw a lot of ball against much bigger defenders. We continued to press for the last 15 minutes but just couldn’t beat a very good keeper and it finished 3 all. Well done to all for serving up such a good game

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