U18s – Jimmy Falvey Memorial Youth Cup Final
Samphires 2 – 1 Park (Scorers Christopher Murphy and Eoghan McElligott)
Congratulations to our 18s team who retained the Kerry Youth Cup last Saturday night in Tralee with a narrow victory over Park. The game ebbed and flowed and both teams had periods of dominance. Park started the better and had us on the back foot early on but we coped and after 20 minutes we eventually strung a few passes together and took control of the game. Eventually the pressure told and Christopher Murphy put us one up after a through ball from Sean Donnellan. We stayed on top for the start of the second half but didn’t add to our lead and the Park gradually got back into it. We lost Gearoid Dillane and Cormac O’ Brien to injury in quick succession but all our subs played very well and the team was not in any way weakened. We forced a series of corners and from one of these by Conor Lowe it was Eoghan McElligott who scored what would be the winner with 20 minutes to go. From that point on however it was all hands to the pumps as the Park threw everything at us. At one point all our 11 players defended inside our box in a chaotic period of the game. We conceded a goal from a cross from a free with 10 minutes to go which gave the Park great heart but our defensive players of Ciaran Murray in goals, Alan McElligott, Austin Clifford, Ciaran Carmody, Dean Meehan and David Lenihan didn’t yield. In front of them Sean Donnellan and Sean Collins ran miles closing and harrying opponents with Chris adding some order to proceedings. The various wide men on the day, Jack Lynch, Gearoid Dillane and Cormac O’Brien all played well until they ran out of gas or were injured. Conor Lowe up front chased everything when it was needed and was a threat going forward. Striker Ed Moynihan who played every game for us this season so far was the unfortunate one who didn’t get a run as we needed defenders, not attackers as the game unfolded but no doubt will figure in the remaining league games. The Park played as much a part in this intense contest, can consider themselves a bit unlucky and we wish their players well in the future as this was their last underage game. For us it was a tremendous victory where we had to dig deep and never say die so well done to all 15 not just on the night but for all the season so far.
U15s Samphires 7 – 1 Inter Kenmare
Well done to the 15s on their fine win at home to Kenmare last Thursday night – our scorers were Richard O’Gara(2), Niall Cassidy, Jonathon Trant, Dara Heim, Edward Stack and Conor Lenihan. Dara and Richard were 2the match last Tuesday of our better players on the night.
U12s Samphires 1 – 5 Killarney Athletic
Hard luck to the 12s who played a bigger Athletic team but tried gallantly all through a very tough match. Well done lads, there will be better days ahead.