U15s Unlucky

Samphires U15s lost out 2-1 last weekend to a resolute Camp team back in West Kerry. The weather was cold but dry and the pitch was a bit soft but nonetheless a nice day for a game. We didn’t have our best first half ever, were dominated in the physical exchanges for the first 30 minutes and were lucky in a sense to avoid conceding. The main reason we didn’t concede was that we defended reasonably well and only gave up two half chances which Camp failed to punish. Out the field only Jack McCarthy seemed able to cope well with the physical pressure in this period and our back 5 of Ciaran Carmody (who played excellently as a last minute stand in keeper), Christopher Murphy, Antoin Stanton, Sean Donnellen and Cormac O Brien kept us in the game. Then after 30 minutes we came into the game as Thomas Lenihan, Bobby O Regan and Jack Mac started to find their range and all of a sudden Sean Higgins up front, Dara O’Connor and Oisin O’Brien on the wings had chances and now it was our turn to miss. Oisin in particular was very effective and should have had a penalty when he was denied a clear shooting opportunity when he was clipped in the box but unbelievably the ref failed to give it. Nil all at the half. The second half was more even with both teams having periods of ascendancy. With 15 minutes to go Camp latched on to a long ball which just beat Carmo and within 2 minutes they had their second from a shot inside the box after we failed to clear. We had up to this point created a number of chances on the break but weren’t clinical so moved Christopher up front and brought Eoin Greaney on at left back where he did very well. For the last 10 minutes of regulation time and another 4 injury time we were completely on top and Bobby eventually scored from a free. After this we hit the post, the crossbar and had a few chances in their 6 yard box but Camp held out. So well done to them and hard luck to our lads who on another day we might have got a better result.