Samphires second half subs turn game for Fenit
Denny Premier B
Fenit Samphires 4 Mainebank 2 MANAGERS often come in for criticism when teams lose but that was not the case for Fenit on Sunday as two second half substitutions turned the game on its head and gave them victory in an entertaining and closely contested game.
In a game of twists and turns it was the home side that took the honours in a good open contest that was rich in scoring opportunities. Both sides showed a lot of creativity early on but they were unable to find the bulls eye when the chips were down.
Mainebank's top marksman Mikey O'connor created a good chance for Mainebank after setting up James Long but he could not find the target.
Then a Fenit free kick by Pa Mccarthy was dropped by the Mainebank custodian but Daniel Clinton blazed wide with the goal at his mercy.
Fenit eventually found the opening they required with Gerry O'sullivan the provider for Joe O'regan and he found the net in style.
Their lead was short lived, however, as Mainebank struck right after the kick off with Aaron Brosnan making room down the flanks and provided an accurately measured cross for Mikey O'connor who headed home.
James Long fired wide for Mainebank when in a good position while at the other end Mairtin Ferris set up Daniel Clinton with a fine cross but he headed wide when he should have done better.
Mainebank went ahead on the half hour mark with Aaron Brosnan starting the move and releasing Mikey O'connor who put in James Long and he finished from close range.
Fenit equalised just before the break in fortutituous circumstances when a Tommy Mccarthy cross was headed into his own net by the unfortunate Mark Kennedy to leave the game delicately poised at the interval.
Mainebank were denied the lead early in the second half when Fenit keeper Paul O'sullivan made a stupendous save to deny James Long a certain goal.
Then the turning point came in this game when Fenit brought on subs Oliver Coffey and Kevin Walsh and they went on to have a significant impact on the game giving the seasiders a more cutting edge
Coffey made his presence felt in the 76th minute when he delivered a cross into the Mainebank box which was headed out but it broke to Kevin Walsh and he planted in the top corner of the net to put Fenit ahead.
Three minutes later they sealed the game when Oliver Coffey got on the end of a Pa Mccarthy cornor and delicately lobbed it over advancing defenders and goalkeeper for a goal worthy of winning any game.
Fenit only got promotion to the Premier B division last season and they are looing as if they might be in contention for the title in this division this year.
FENIT SAMPHIRES: Paul O'sullivan, Tommy Mccarthy, Daithi Griffin, Peter Mccarthy, Joe Halloran, Kieran O'mahony, Jason Mccarthy, Joe Regan, Pa Mccarthy, Mairtin Ferris, Daniel Clinton. Subs: Kevin Walsh for Joe Regan, Oliver Coffey for Kieran O'mahony.
MAINEBANK: John Cahillane, Michael O'connor, Trevor O'connor, David Flaherty, Mark Kennedy, Conor Dowd, James Long, Gerry O'sullivan, Aaron Brosnan, Eoghan O'connor, Nikki Buckley.