Raphoe's difficult start continues after latest defeat

Raphoe's difficult start continues after latest defeat

Raphoe's difficult start to the new Premier League season continues as they lost away to Campbellians.

Campbellians . . . 2

Raphoe . . . . . . . . 1

In a game where Raphoe were the favourites, they had the lion's share of the possession and numerous chances but failed to convert enough to come away with the win.

Raphoe started the game on the front foot and played some excellent hockey in the first 10 minutes.

They pinned Campbellians into their own half and won two penalty corners early on.

Raphoe continued to press for the majority of the half and Campbellians' chances were few and far between.

Raphoe's forwards of Luke Witherow, Stuart Stevenson and Stephen Cleverly saw plenty of the ball in the opposition's '25 but were not ruthless enough in front of goal.

Late in the first half Campbellians made Raphoe pay for their complacency when Michael Johnston volleyed home past Jonny Rankin in the Raphoe goal.

Raphoe pushed for an equaliser before half-time and came close when Cleverly sent a very good ball to the back post where Willy Kilpatrick came close but couldn't get the killer touch.

Coach Richard Eaton and captain Ian McGonigle urged their team to up their work rate off the ball in the second half.

Raphoe started well and created a few chances. Cleverly came close when he volleyed a bouncing ball up and over the cross bar from close range. Witherow also went close but the equaliser did finally come mid-way through the second half when from another penalty corner Tinney scored a well executed drag flick.

Raphoe threw everything at Campbellians but failed to find the winner. Late on in the game Raphoe were punished for their lack of goals when James Hall was gifted an easy goal to earn his team all 3 points.

Raphoe have no competitive games for two weeks now due to a European club competition taking place in Banbridge on the 8th and a free week on the 15th. .

RAPHOE: Jonny Rankin, Paul Stewart, Evan Lyttle, Alan Meehan, Ian McGonigle, Alexander Tinney, Luke Witherow, Keith Meehan, John Watt, Stuart Stevenson, Alan Lyttle, Willy Kilpatrick, Stephen Cleverly.

Coach Richard Eaton.