Fenit Samphires FC Club News 20/10/14

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We are having a draw for two tickets to Ireland v USA tickets in the Aviva Stadium. This draw will take place on Saturday 25th October and tickets will be on sale at Samphire Park between 11.00 and 4.30 with the draw taking place at 4.45.

Any tickets sold will then be sent to FAI headquarters where they will be entered into the National Draw with prizes such as holidays and cars up for grabs! We would welcome your support next Saturday, please come and take in a game, buy a ticket and have a cup of coffee and some refreshments!

Seniors: Asdee 1 Fenit 5

On Sunday morning our senior team travelled to Asdee in a top of the table clash. Both teams went into the game unbeaten so it was never going to be an easy encounter for our young side. We were missing a few regular starters so debuts were given to Tadgh Fleming and Niall Sheehy who both contributed well to a great win.

We started brightly with the majority of players winning their individual battles which gave us a strong platform to start playing in the style we wanted. Back four of Tadgh, Darren, David and John were fantastic not only defensively but distribution from our back four made it very easy for the forward players to cause problems.

Center of the park Peter McCarthy and Sean Foley began to run the game and dominate possession with wingers Bill Mullins and Niall Sheehy causing full backs huge problems. Up front the impressive Ger McCarthy was supported very well by Daniel Clinton who was a constant threat. After creating numerous chances we finally got the opener through Ger McCarthy and from here never looked back.

We knew going into the half with a one goal lead is never safe and were determined to make our lead more convincing. Second half we started bright and scored within ten minutes through another Ger McCarthy goal. From here Asdee began to commit players forward knowing they needed a goal which left our forward players with much more room to work with. We finished the game off quite quickly through Ger completing his Hat Trick as well as goals added by Niall Sheehy and an exemplary team goal finished off by the impressive David O’Sullivan.

One disappointment for the day was to concede the teams first goal of the league season in the 85th minute through a generously given free kick finished very well by Asdee player Jamie Culloty. Another impressive performance by this young Fenit side who now have three wins from three scoring 19 goals while conceding only one. Thanks to Asdee for a tough encounter on their very well kept facilities.

U13s: Fenit Samphires 6 Park B 1

On a wet and windy Saturday morning our 13 side took on a strong Park B side. First half we were battling against a very tough wind and started quite slow conceding a sloppy goal within the first five minutes. This seemed to wake our side up and we started to dominate possession with our back four in particular being very comfortable playing out against the strong breeze.

Dara Heim began to run the game from the centre of the park constantly looking for the ball and using possession very well. It didn’t take long for us to get on the score sheet through a well worked goal finished off by Niall Cassidy. We managed to grab another goal before half time through an excellent individual run from Dara Heim. While we went in at the half in the lead we were not happy with the performance at this point and knew our players had a lot more to give.

2nd half the players went out with a point to prove and started scoring at will through some excellently worked goals usually involving some fine passing moves between several players. Goals from Edward stack, Conor Lenihan, Eddie McCarthy and a fantastic long rage screamer from centre half Conor Gaynor sealed the points for Fenit.

Our back four must be commended for their performance after conceding a sloppy opening goal they did not give parks forwards another inch for the rest of the game. Also well done to Paddy O’Sullivan in goals who did what was asked of him brilliantly with some excellent distribution. Subs introduced were Eddie McCarthy, Chris Nolan and Dillon Harris who all looked fantastic additions when put in to the game. Well done to our young side for their performance in very difficult conditions.

U11s: Castleisland 3 Fenit Samphires 4

Our U11’s travelled to Castleisland in our second game of the season after a narrow defeat in our opening game to the Park. We showed good determination and battled well on a windy day, with our captain on the day Ben Donellan leading from the back.

An early goal from Tomas Godley set us on the way which was quickly followed by a second from Donnagh Murphy. Castleisland proved a tough test, putting us under pressure in the second half . There was some great individual and team play which saw us run out 4-3 winners with goals from Eddie McCarthy and Dylan Ryan.
Well done to all who played as there was a big improvement and hopefully we can keep it going.

U17s: Listowel Celtic 2 Fenit Samphires 3

The 17s made the journey to Listowel last Saturday for our first away league game. Apart from a strong wind which blew down the pitch onto the racecourse it wasn’t a bad day to play a game. As always the pitches were in pristine condition leading to a smashing game which we ended up winning 3-2. It was a fortuitous victory for us when maybe a draw might have been the fairer result.

We played against the wind in the first half and did pretty well in general but we were not at our usual level. At different stages in the game we went through phases where we gave the ball away when usually we might keep it. The knock on effect was that Listowel had more of the ball than we would have liked and just on half time they scored after a few careless errors at the back.

We conceded after five minutes into the second half, again after some very poor defending both in midfield and at the back. We usually up our game in a scenario such as this but for 15 minutes the heads were down and we could have ended up conceding a third.

Crucially we didn’t and in the last 25 minutes our lads, after a reshuffle of positions on the pitch, got to grips with the situation. We took over the game for this portion of the game and made it count through Christopher Murphy, Sean Higgins and Oisin O’Brien.

Best for us on the day were Christopher Murphy and Brian O’Regan. Well done to all on the day who showed the value of not giving up – The Squad on the day was: Brian O’Regan, Darren Chester , Antoin Stanton, Sean Donnellan, Alan McElligott, David Lenihan, John Dillane , Bobby O Regan, Christopher Murphy, Oisin O Brien, Sean Higgins, Ciaran Carmody, Thomas Lenihan

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