U14A Match Report

U-14 Premier
Listowel Celtic 0 Park 8

A comprehensive win for the Park but it must be acknowledged that Listowel Celtic were well under strength. The game was played on a beautiful sunny afternoon with the Celtic pitch in excellent condition which in turn helped the flow of the game.
Playing with a strong wind in the first half Park dominated the early exchanges but it took almost twenty minutes for the opening goal to materialise. Sean O’Connor got the first of his brace following good work from Chirwa and Cooney.
The second goal three minutes later was as a result of excellent link up play between Doody and Chirwa. Doody’s slide rule pass brilliantly put Chirwa through for an emphatic finish.
A fine ball from Kieran OConnor put Chirwa free a few minutes later and he crossed for Cianan Cooney to calmly finish despite Jack Moloney’s best efforts.
Chirwa’s persistence set up Seán O’Connor ten minutes before half time following a cross by Seán O’Connell.
Four nil at half time was probably fair but the wind had played a big part in the game.
Luckily for Park it eased somewhat in the second half and two more goals from Messiah and one each from Samuel Aladesanusi and Cillian Murphy meant Park had an easier day than they might have had if Listowel had all their players available.
It’s usually the goal scorers that hog the headlines after such a win but Listowel may also have had more joy on another day if the Park back five weren’t as good as they were. A fine team effort overall.
Speaking of team efforts, a special mention must go to Padraig McCannon and Danny Diggins who have been doing some excellent coaching sessions with the boys.
Big few weeks ahead now for this team and this was certainly a good way start it off.

Squad
Liam Carmody, Samuel Aladesanusi, Seán O’Connell, Seán Hill, Kieran O’Connor, Conor Kerins, Colin Doody, Josh Connolly, Messiah Chirwa, Seán O’Connor, Cianan Cooney, Ben Hanafin, Luke O’Connell, Killian Murphy, David Feeley and Cian O’Neill.

U12A Match Report

On Saturday our u12A headed to Killarney to face Killarney Celtic. The game was less then two minutes old when a clearance was sliced in to our net to put us a goal behind. Having been rattled by own goal we conceded again within two minutes following a bit of indecision in our back line. At two nil after 4 mins into the game it’s a tough ask for any team to find their way back in to the game but the lads slowly found their feet and began to play some excellent football and had a couple of chances but the Celtic keeper stood firm. In the 20th minute, we were caught on the counter attack to make it three – nil, when it looked as if we were going to get a goal ourselves. To be fair to the boys they dusted themselves down and went right back at it and got a goal though Justin O’Sullivan after great work from Andrew Kerins down the right. It was a much deserved after some great build up play. Three goals to one at half time and we believed that we were truly going to come back into the game. Within a minute of the restart Celtic got a corner, a great delivery into the box, goalkeeper Oshìn got a good hand on to the cross but it fell kindly to the Celtic forward to tap home. Again the lads had it all to do at four goals to one but they showed some real character to keep going which is not easy when your losing by three goals. We were had Celtic pinned back in their own half and we pulled a goal back when Jack Slattery’s shot was parried into the path of Justin who made no mistake with his emphatic finish. Out lads grew in confidence with that goal and at for goals to two we were in control of the game. We got a corner which Jack Slattery put in and it show how made it’s way through a host of bodies and Ryan McMahon made no mistake when a cool finish. The lads now were only a goal behind at four – three. We threw caution to the wind and pushed hard for the equaliser but to no avail. Celtic put the game to bed with two late goals to leave the final score at six -three.

All Credit to the team for a great performance regardless of the score line.

Best on the day were Jack Slattery, Andrew Kerins and Seamus Kelly with Man of the match going to Justin O’Sullivan.

Photo by Pa Kerins 

U12 B Team Match Report

1-1 Park FC Under 12Bs

The sun beamed down on Park’s Under 12Bs as fourteen youngsters made the trip to Fossa in Killarney to take on the mighty MEK. Because of the weather the match was held on the club’s astro pitch. Space was at a premium with the ball zipping through off the speedy pitch to both keepers frequently, in the first fifteen minutes.

Captain for the day Matusz made a number of smart saves in the first half and the defence of Jakub, Zach, Sean Heaslip, Rory and Killian were kept constantly on their toes. MEK had the better of the opening thirty minutes, but clear-cut chances were limited and the two teams went in at half-time without troubling the scorer. Team Manager Paul spurred Park on with some spirited words of encouragement and it seemed to do the trick.

Ten minutes into the second half, man-of-the-match Finn, who had been tackling and rampaging through midfield, eased his way past a couple of MEK players, made space for himself and launched a dipping shot Steven Gerard would have been proud of, past the helpless MEK goalkeeper to give Park the lead.

Eldion, Kevin, Mark, Sean Whelan tried hard to create chances for Park’s forward line to increase the lead but MEK who had already forced Matusz into three fine saves were not to be denied. Jamie O’ Shea for the home team hit a curling shot which agonisingly squirmed under the body of Matusz to bring MEK level.

Trey with a marauding run, crossed for Jamie to go close, while Adam and Odhran both had half chances, but so too did O’Shea for MEK, getting through one-on-one in the final heart-stopping moments, only for Matusz to stand tall and deny him.

Final score 1-1 was according to many neutral observers, a fair result.

(Photos the Park FC team, with proud manager Paul and the two captains with the referee for the day)

Under 10/11 Match Report

An early morning start in Christy Leahy Park saw players from our u10 and u11 teams play a series of friendly games. Pep Guardiola would have been impressed by the build up play from all sides, a reflection of Spanish football in sub zero temperatures. Excellent goal scoring, defensive play and team work ensured that those watching went home happy with the performance on view. Nikita and Faye did a great job as team captains for the day and led their teams by example.
Next week we will play another series of games versus our u 9 group and Mary in the shop had promised a few surprises for those that attend.

A text will be sent during the week to confirm times however it will be around the 10 am kick off time.

Players of the day go too Adam and Ryan.

U14 SFAI Cup Match Report

Park 7 Killarney Celtic 1

Played in the KDL as there was questions about the weather, it was an all Kerry battle to go see who would go through to the last 32 of the SFAI National Cup.
Park were slow to settle but once they got the breakthrough after 19 minutes the issue was never in doubt. Colin Doody, Cian O’Neill and Messiah Chirwa all combined to open up Killarney Celtic and provide Cianan Cooney with a simple tap in. Doody forced a good save from the keeper minutes later and seven minutes later he would score a really fine goal after great work by Cooney and Chirwa. Sandwiched between Doody’s efforts was an excellent finish by Chirwa who had been put through once again by Cooney.
The second half started with Cillian Murphy providing an instinctive finish from close in, after good work by Samuel Aladesanusi and Sean O’Connor, to make it four nil. Murphy then combined with a busy and productive David Feeley to put Cooney through and although he still had work to do he finished clinically.
Celtic had very few chances during the game but they did force one save from a long distance shot from Liam Carmody.
Cooney rounded off his hat trick nine minutes later before Chirwa finished the Park scoring for the day with his second.
The Killarney lads stuck to their task and got a consolation with the last kick of the game.
It’s away now to Villa FC in the last 32. That game is scheduled for the last weekend in January.
Thanks to all the parents and supporters who came along on a bitterly cold day.

Squad:
Liam Carmody, Samuel Aladesanusi, Seán O’Connell, Seán Hill, Kieran O’Connor, Conor Kerins, Colin Doody, Josh Connolly, Messiah Chirwa, Seán O’Connor, Cianan Cooney, Ben Hanafin, Luke O’Connell, Killian Murphy, David Feeley and Cian O’Neill.

U12B Team Match Report

St. Brendan’s Park FC Under 12 Bs 2-1 Ballyhar

Soggy underfoot conditions from the relentless overnight rain greeted the two teams onto the pitch as battle commenced.

Park employed Finn in a central defensive position, behind speedy William, Trey and Odhran, with Adam plying his trade up front as the lone striker. From the off, William and Odhran skated down the flanks with ease creating early chances for Park.

The defensive line were relatively untroubled in the early stages with Sean Heaslip, Zach and Rory, mopping up any through balls in front of their calm goalkeeper Kevin.

Park peppered the Ballyhar goal with their keeper making some splendid saves until finally Finn drilled a low, curling shot into the corner giving Park the lead. Park rotated their squad, bringing on Killian, Rex, Eldion and Sean Whelan, all making an impact. But on a rare foray into Park’s half of the pitch, a shot from Ballyhar’s striker clipped the back of Killian’s arm and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Despite the best efforts of Kevin in goal, the penalty was expertly converted and the teams went in level at the break.

Paul gave an inspirational and motivational talk at half-time which spurred Park to greater heights as they crashed the ball against the post and thundered another shot against the crossbar. Trey was tripped inside the box and rose to take the penalty, but his shot struck the outside of the post and was cleared for a corner. It looked like it was going to be one of those days.

With moments remaining, man-of-the-match Finn, who had been outstanding with his defensive duties, burst forward and curled a wonderful shot into the top corner to deservedly win the match for Park on the balance of play.

Under 9 Report

 

We brought two U9 teams to Camp on Saturday where we enjoyed 4 fantastic matches against the host club.

The players have enjoyed their recent challenge matches and clearly all their hard work is paying off. Thanks to Camp Juniors for looking after us on the day and we look forward to meeting again in the new year.

Next Saturday is the final training session before Christmas so hopefully everyone can attend.

Youth Team match report

FAI Youth Cup 3rd Round

Listowel Celtic 2 v 3 St. Brendan’s Park FC
Our youth team advanced to the fourth round of the cup after coming from behind twice to clinch a narrow win.
Listowel drew first blood against the run of play as we had the lions share of possession but twenty two minutes in Listowel broke with pace on the counter attack and took a shock lead .We were level six minutes later when Adam Ward split Celtics defense and Conor O’Brien shot low under the advancing keeper. Jordan Barry and Aaron Ward should have put their team ahead before the break but fluffed their lines. We dominated the second half and should have taken the lead with only a minute gone in second period when Jordan Barry broke thru but missed with only the keeper to beat. Listowel again grabbed a shock lead in the sixty fifth minute with a great strike from thirty yards right in the top angle of the goals.Park stayed patient with JR Tshikato and James Sheehan creating chances for us and the equaliser came from a corner with JR finding Shane Jordan at the front post and he rifled his shot into roof of the Listowel net,we had Listowel pinned back in their final third and in the eighty fourth minute Conor O’Brien beat the offside trap and was taken down by the Listowel keeper, the ref pointed to the penalty spot,Parks JR Tshikato stepped forward and dispatched the spot kick into the top corner and send his team into the fourth round.
Best for Park ; James Sheehan – JR Tshikato – Shane Jordan – Andrew Breen
Man of Match ; Conor O’Brien

Under 15A Match Report

Under 15 Premier

Camp Juniors 2 : 1 St Brendan’s Park Fc U15A

Despite dominating long periods of the 2nd half, it was a below par first half performance that ultimately proved to be the our undoing at a very cold Mounthawk Park on Saturday afternoon.

Camp came flying out of the blocks from the kick off and did a lot of pressing for the opening twenty minutes, This forced us into a rear-guard action and they relied on some isolated counter attacks to get up the pitch. Camp were rewarded for their strong start and initiative when a speculative free kick found the top left hand corner of the Tralee sides net. The remainder of the half saw an improvement with a Ryan Guerin header coming close just before the break.

The 2nd half saw a much improved performance. Our lads started to string some lovely passing moves together from back to front and in particular got a stranglehold in midfield. However, a combination of some wayward finishing and stout Camp defending kept the 1 goal deficit. This deficit was doubled 15 minutes from time when the we were caught napping as an excellent Camp counterattack resulted in a neat finish after a sweeping move down the left. Our lads, as in Tulla the week before, refused to accept defeat and immediately were back on the front foot and received some reward when a long range strike from Shoun Kedzierski found the roof of the net. The last 10 minutes of the game were played in the oppositions half, but try as they did, the equaliser eluded us.

Final Score Camp Juniors 1, Park A 2.

Best of luck to the Camp team in both their upcoming SFAI Regionals qualifier and last 32 matches.

Under 16B Team match report

Our 16B team played out in a cold & winter CastleIsland on Saturday coming away with a 4 nil win after a much improved performance.
Michael Lally was a constant thorn in the CastleIsland defense scoring twice & hitting the crossbar with a header.
After a lovely cross from Robert Kerins, Mike powered past the two Centre backs to finish low into the bottom corner for his first on eight minutes. A minute later another cross from the excellent Jordan Mason was met by Mike & he rattled the crossbar  with his header with Luke Dennehy coolly firing the rebound into the net.
CastleIsland should have pulled one back a minute later but somehow hit the crossbar twice before Man of the Match Stephen Nix made a top class save to deny them.
Another lovely pass in between the two Centre backs had Mike Lally racing through on goal & despite a good old fashioned shoulder charge he managed to finish to the back of the net for our third. We should have added to our tally in the final twenty minutes of the half with Robert twice being denied by their keeper & Tide firing just wide.
Stephen was called on once again to make a fine 1 V 1 save before Mark Roche finished the game with our fourth after a pin point first time ball from TJ sent him in his way.
HT 4 – 0
Straight from the restart CastleIsland hit the post & only God knows how they didn’t pull at least one or two goals back in the second half with a combination of Stephen Nix saves & poor finishing keeping the score line the same.
For us both Mike & Robert had late chances but both times last gasp blocks saved the CastleIsland lads.
Kieran O Leary & Jordan Mason worked tirelessly in midfield, while Peter Dineen was composed clearing the danger area. As always Liam Magee tackled like his life depended on it & Ryan O Sullivan & Eoin McDonnell at fullback both gave the CastleIsland wingers no time on the ball.
Simon Moynihan, on the right wing, gave the fullback a busy day with his strong runs behind their defense & Darragh Mansfield was very unlucky not to score after a toe-poke deflected his goal bound shot.
A good team performance all round with our keeper getting the MotM for some exceptional saves.