Well done to the senior team who got back to winning ways, beating Tralee Dynamos away in a league fixture. Scorers were Peter MacCarthy, Bill Mullins, Bobby O’Regan, Sean Foley(2) and Jesse Stafford-Lacey.
U18: Samphires 1 v 1 Killarney Celtic
Our lads hosted Killarney Celtic last Saturday and conditions were great for a game of soccer. It was tight throughout with Celtic having the breeze for the first half. We probably had slightly more of the play but Celtic were set up to play on the counter. Chances were at a premium with Celtic’s best chance coming from a free on the half hour and they hit the bar but immediately we got possession of the ball and got in behind their defence but with 2 of us in on goal we managed to butcher a golden chance. In the second half it remained the same format as the first and we were caught on the counter on the hour mark with a well executed finish from a good cross from the right. We upped the tempo from there on and as the game moved towards the final whistle it got pretty frenetic. In the 92nd minute we got our reward when Cian Donnellan somehow kept a ball beyond the back post in play and in the ensuing scramble we forced an equaliser past Celtic’s excellent keeper. The scorer of the goal is unclear as a number of players are claiming they had the last touch. Well done to all involved on their display.
Under 15: Samphires 0 v 4 Rattoo Rovers
Despite the scoreline we played quite well and the team has improved hugely in the last few months under the guidance of Donnchadh MacGarry. Hopefully they will continue in this vein and if so, it won’t be long before will be pushing for honours.
On what was our last match for the Fenit Samphire Under 10s, we finished in style playing an away blitz in Listowel. The teams involved were Listowel Celtic, Killarney Celtic, Camp, Park and of course Fenit Samphires.
U7s played a very exciting 3 matches showing off all the skills learned during the winter and playing with such skill and fun and really enjoyed their trip away. Well done to all the team who won their first game, drew their 2nd and lost their last match.
U8s played their 3 matches with confidence and to be fair they were right to be confident. They won all their three matches and played as a team with fast passing ball that opened up the defensive team all afternoon. With some great saves and accurate strikes on goal this is a team for the future.
U9s are really gelling together and in all their 3 matches proved too strong for all their opponents opening up the defensive sides with accuracy through passing of quick ball. It is a really joy for all the mentors to see this bunch of genuine kids develop into a real soccer team. They worked hard and worked together and got their rewards with excellent results.
The last get together of the season will be this coming Friday 26th May in Samphire Park for the medal ceremony at 7 pm.
We would like to sincerely thank Kevin Deady, John Quilter, John O’Carroll, Ciaran Dwyer and Lee Sugrue for looking after all the juveniles during the year. With out your dedication these teams could not have been as successful as they are.