Listowel Celtic 1 v 2 Fenit Samphires (Scorers Gearoid Dillane, Sean Collins)
We played Listowel last Saturday in the KDL all-weather pitch. It was unusually hot to the point that in the second half the teams stopped for a water break. Both teams gave their all and both preferred to play their way through the opposition rather than going the long ball route making it a good spectacle for the large crowd. The game was even enough for the first half but it was Listowel who struck first after we were caught in possession in midfield. Both teams kept at it to the half but neither could force a score. After a well deserved half time break the game restarted at a high pace but gradually we got a grip in midfield with Alan McElligott in particular having a fine game. With 20 to go we equalised after Christopher Murphy put Conor Lowe through and he forced a great save from the excellent Listowel keeper but Gearoid Dillane was following up and finished to the net. We were on top at this stage but had to be vigilant against Listowel’s counter attacks. Just as it looked that it would go to a replay, Gearoid again got down the wing after a quick ball from defence from Aussie Clifford.He played an early ball to Sean Collins in behind them, who slotted coolly from an acute angle with only a minute to go to give us the win and put us in the final.Well done to all the players gave us such a good game.
Samphires 0 – 2 Killorglin ‘B’
In our last league game of the season we lost 2-0 at home to Killorglin ‘B’, We had most of the possession but found it hard to penetrate a strong defence leaving it nil all at half-time. The second half continued in a similar fashion but Killorglin grew in confidence and started to use their wings to great effect. With 10 minutes to go our defence was unlocked with a well taken shot which maybe we could have closed down more quickly. We increased the pace of the game, threw caution to the wind and pushed for the equaliser but we were caught on the counter leave it 2-0 at the end to the visitors. Hard luck to our lads who were as always fully committed.