Our 16B squad also down to the bare bones due to injury & sickness hosted Killarney Celtic B on that fantastic all weather pitch in Mounthawk Park.
We welcomed DJ Griffin back from a long injury & what an important part he played in the win making saves at vital times in the game.
The away game had seen Celtic win 4 nil at home in a comfortable victory so we knew that all the lads would have to battle for every ball to get something from the game. What we didn’t know was this was to be an absolute thriller of a battle from start to finish. Celtic took the lead early & the signs looked ominous again.
We were creating all the chances but some terrible finishing was keeping it scoreless before Michael Lally burst through the Killarney defense & hit an unstoppable shot which hit the underside of the bar bounced inside the line & came back out in a copy of the famous World Cup final goal in 1966. Luckily for us the eagle eyed Kevin saw it cross the line & awarded the goal.
After that we dominated the remainder of the half until a minute before halftime Michael Lally had struck a goal bound shot which crashed off the butt of the post & in the ensuing battle to win the rebound Michael received a straight red card.
So after all our fine play in the first forty minutes we would be down to ten men for the second forty.
At halftime we also had to withdraw Sean Sookarry who had become unwell during the first half leaving us two subs, one of whom was carrying an injury, backs to the wall stuff !
HT 1 – 1
The second half will be remembered by the management for the battling qualities & never say die attitude show by all on the pitch as boys became men to create chance after chance with Liam Magee’s dribble from Centre back to shooting just over inside the Celtic box being a stand out moment.
Jordan Mason was a class act in midfield spraying passes all over the pitch & his midfield partner Kieran O Leary ran himself to a standstill. Liam & Peter Dineen played outstanding together at the back while Connor Kavanagh & Eoin McDonnell played probably their best game to date. Even though a man down Luke Dennehy & Simon Moynihan covered both wings up & down without stopping for breath, launching attack after attack.
Ryan O Sullivan’s injury eventually got the better of him & Mark Roche worked tirelessly to provide an out ball when under pressure.
With two minutes of time remaining & Celtic pressing high looking for a winning goal Kieran O Leary went on one final lung bursting run through the Celtic midfield & found himself on the edge of the box & with a premiership finish lifted the ball over the keeper & into the top corner to give our lads a much deserved three points.
FT 2 – 1
MotM Liam Magee & Jordan Mason.
Our 16A squad travelled to the Dragons Den in Killorglin for an early Saturday morning kickoff with a few absentees due to illness , injuries & school trips.
Nevertheless we created all the chances in the first half but only converting one from TJ McMahon. The Killorglin keeper was in fine form denying first TJ then a fine double save stopping Nathan Holden’s shot from point blank range. So after dominating the first half we only had a goal to show for all our good play.
Within five minutes of the restart John Carmody had struck a left legged rocket inside the post to double our lead.
Following more good play, Darragh Moriarty took the ball down controlled it & hit an unstoppable shot into the far top corner for what will surely be a goal of the season contender. Game over with thirty minutes to play or so we thought !!
Another top quality save again from a Darragh Moriarty goal bound shot seem to bring the Killorglin boys to life & they threw everything at us for the remainder of the game.
A defensive mix up led to their goal & when we conceded a penalty for a hand ball shortly after it looked like another Ballyhar was on the cards. Up stepped Stephen Nix, our new keeper, from that famous Tralee sporting family to dive to his right & palm away the peno to ease the nerves. Despite a few missed chances at the other end & a couple more scares we saw out the final minutes for a much needed win.
Full time 3 – 1
Best for Park, Darragh Moriarty, Colin Walsh, John Carmody & MotM Andrew Murphy.
Our u11 b squad welcomed tralee dynamos to Christy Leahy park on Saturday afternoon and it was a game that produced many chances for both teams. The first half was a scrappy affair with both teams taking time to settle. Dynamos came out second half with intent and put the park defence under pressure numerous times. The park boys then started to apply some pressure of there own midway through the second half and created some fine goalscoring chances. Special mention for man of the match oisin Breen who was the park’s main attacking threat throughout the second half and who worked tirelessly from start to finish. Thanks to dynamos players and coaches for an entertaining game.
Killorglin 3-0 Park FC
A cold but clear day greeted the Park FC Under 12Bs as they made the trip to Killorglin, brim-full of optimism. But Park were to leave pointless as Killorglin struck three without reply.
If ever a scoreline didn’t reflect a game, this was it.
Park dominated the first half possession, peppering the Killorglin goal with shots aplenty. Finn boomed a shot which the goalkeeper pawed at instinctively and it agonisingly dropped over the bar. Eldion thundered another shot inches wide, while Odhran, Adam and William terrorised the Killorglin defence with their pace and crosses. Park had six corners from which they went close and the defensive line of Sean Solomon, Zach and Jamie were mostly untroubled in the first half.
Killorglin only had one sniff in the first 30 minutes and they took it with style, their number 7 expertly lobbing the valiant outstretched hand of Sean Heaslip, our underemployed goalie.
In the second half the game was more even as Park pushed for an equaliser and Killorglin tried to hit us on the break. Park brought on Sean Whelan and Mark both of whom made excellent contributions and Rex and Kevin also put in good shifts, but the difference between the sides can be summed up in two words: Aaron Doyle.
He was simply outstanding.
He got two further chances in the second half and buried them to complete a hat-trick. We look forward to the return match with Killorglin later in the year.
Perfect conditions on a Saturday afternoon at Christy Leahy park for a game of soccer were out under 11b squad took on listowel celtic. The tone was set from the off with the park boys producing some great attacking play which continued throughout the game. The defence when called upon was rock solid and composed. A very special mention to liam O’Connell who made the man of the match decision an easy one with an outstanding goalscoring performance from centre midfield. Big thanks to listowel for travelling in for the game and who performed very well considering they were short on subs and who’s keeper was oustanding.
Well done to both Park U11 and LB Rovers teams for playing some excellent football in their two games in Ballybunnion last Saturday. It was great for both teams to overcome early difficulties playing on grass to produce two very even and exciting games of football. Thanks to our hosts for providing their pitch for the fixture. Well done to captains on the day Sam Slattery and Martin McGivern who both did the club proud. Congratulations to Man of the match Eugene in the A fixture and joint m.o.t.m. Oliver Lata and Eoin Flaherty in the B fixture.
Munster Youth Cup
Park FC 1 v 0 Ballingarry
Park deserved their narrow victory as they had the lions share of position and created the some good chances over the ninety minutes. Parks midfield three were on top thru out the game forcing Ballingarry into trying long range efforts that really never really tested Parks custodian Conor Hayes.Parks Jordan Barry and Aaron Ward forced Ballingarry keeper into acton but it was striker Conor O’Brien whom taught he had giving the Park the lead on thirty three minutes only to see his strike hit the underneath of the crossbar and shoot down hit the goal line and Ballingarry keeper cleared his line.
Second half Park were totally dominant with Adam Ward and JR Tshikato controlling midfield ,Parks Aaron Ward broke down the right wing beating two players and he picked out Conor O’Brien and his flick on fell to the incoming Adam Ward and he rifled the Park into the lead on the hour. Ballingarry tried hard to get back into the tie but Parks defense were resolute.Park will have to travel for semi final
Best for Park;JR Tshikato – Aaron Ward – Shane Jordan – James Sheehan
Man of Match;Adam Ward
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.
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.