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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 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.

Under 11(2007) MAtch Report

 

Two challenge games were played against Camp last Saturday. Special mention goes to Eugene Nguessan and Max Nosidlak on man of the match performances in centre mid and right back respectively. Also well done to Richard Casey on a very stready debut in goals. Thanks to the Camp players and mentors for providing us with two evenly matched games. The skills and sportsmanship on display by both sets of players was fantastic

Our U11A Squad

Our U11A who visited Camp Juniors on Saturday.

Two challenge games were played against Camp last Saturday. Special mention goes to Eugene Nguessan and Max Nosidlak on man of the match performances in centre mid and right back respectively. Also well done to Richard Casey on a very stready debut in goals. Thanks to the Camp players and mentors for providing us with two evenly matched games. The skills and sportsmanship on display by both sets of players was fantastic

Under sixteen B team match report

UNDER 16 DIVISION 2

ST.BRENDANS PARK 1 – 4 MASTERGEEHA.

WE STARTED OFF THE GAME VERY SLOWLY AND WERE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE FOR THE FIRST 10 MINUTES.MASTERGEEHA HAD A LOT OF THE PLAY BUT OUR BOYS KEPT IN THE GAME ESPECIALLY FROM THE HARD WORK OF OUR MIDFIELD AND BACK LINE.STEVEN NIX STARTED IN GOALS AND AS USUAL GAVE 100%.OUR BACK LINE OF RYAN,PETER,CIARAN AND LUKE DID VERY WELL AND OUR MIDFIELD OF GREG,SEAN, MICHAEL AND SIMON WORKED VERY HARD.UP FRONT ROBERT WAS PARTNERED BY MARK.WE CONSEEDED THE FIRST GOAL AFTER 15 MINUTES WHEN A CORNER WHICH WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN HANDLED BY ONE OF THE LADS.PARK 0 – 1 MASTERGEEHA.THIS SEEMED TO GIVE US THE KICK WE NEEDED AND WE STARTED TO PLAY THE WAY WE ARE USED OFF.WE BROUGHT ROBERT OUT TO MIDFIELD AND PUT MICHAEL UP FRONT AND THIS REALLY STARTED TO WORK WELL FOR US AS MASTERGEEHA WERE FINDING IT HARD TO STAY WITH THE PACE AND STRENGTH OF MICHAEL.MASTERGEEHA KICKED A LONG BALL UP FIELD AND A MASTERGEEHA PLAYER CLEARLY OFF SIDE SCORED THEIR SECOND.WE WERE WINNING MIDFIELD NOW AND THAT WAS REWARDED WHEN WE GOT A FREE KICK ABOUT 30 YARDS FROM THE MASTERGEEHA GOAL.UP STEPPED GREG (MESSI) SCANLON WHO DROVE THE BALL TO THE TOP LEFT HAND CORNER LEAVING THE KEEPER STUCK TO THE GROUND WITH NO CHANCE OF SAVING IT.HALF TIME PARK 1 – 2 MASTERGEEHA.
SECOND-HALF
WE CAME OUT IN THE SECOND HALF AND THE BATTLE TO WIN MIDFIELD RESTARTED.WE BROUGHT LUKE OUT NOW TO MIDFIELD TO HELP GREG,ROBERT AND SEAN. EOIN CAME ON AND SLOTTED INTO LEFT BACK.WE WERE WELL ON TOP NOW AND WITH MICHAEL AND SIMON CAUSING ALOT OF PROBLEMS.DARRAGH CAME ON AND JOINED MICHAEL UP FRONT.OUR MIDFIELD STARTED PLAYING A LOT OF BALL OVER THEIR BACK FOUR AND IT WAS CAUSING A LOT OF TROUBLE TO MASTERGEEHA AS THEY COULDNT HANDLE MICHAEL.MICHAEL COULD HAVE HAD A HAND FULL OF GOALS ONLY FOR THE GREAT GOALKEEPING OF THE MASTERGEEHA KEEPER.THE DIFERENCE BETWEEN BOTH TEAMS TODAY WAS THAT THEY TOOK THEIR CHANCES AND WE DIDNT.MASTERGEEHA WENT ON TO SCORE ANOTHER 2 GOALS BUT THE SCORE LINE DOSENT REFLECT THE WAY THE GAME WAS PLAYED.A LOT HAS BEEN LEARNT FROM THIS GAME SO ONWARDS AND UPWARDS FROM NOW ON.

TEAM; STEVEN NIX,RYAN O SULLIVAN,PETER DINEEN,CIARAN O LEARY,LUKE DENNEHY (CAPT),SIMON MOYNIHAN,GREG SCANLON,SEAN SOOKARRY,ROBERT KERINS,MARK ROCHE,MICHAEL LALLY,EOIN MCDONNELL,DARRAGH MANSFIELD.

SPECIAL THANKS TO RONAN CAVANAGH FOR HELPING US OUT TODAY AND OUR PHOTOGRAPHER JOANNA.

 

Under 13B Match Report

 

St Brendan’s Park Fc U13B 7 : 1 Killarney Athletic U13B

 

What a beautiful morning for a game, no wind or rain, nice and bright and calm. Park under 13 B kicked off at 10.10 against Killarney Athletic and commanded things right from the start with lots of attacking football and striker Dylan Hobbart finding the back of the net after only 2 minutes. It was a sign of things to come as Park were playing in the Killarney half most of the time. At the 10 minute mark after lovely link up play Jack Slattery put Park 2 up. The onslaught continued and 5 minutes later Cillian made it 3. Two minutes later Dylan scored his second. Shortly after that Rodrigo Pinho the smallest player on the pitch scored a fantastic flying header, the goal of the game and the season so far. What Dylan was able to do Jack could do as well and scored his second after 25 minutes. It was time for a break and Park came in at half time 6-0 up.

Much of the play was in the Killarney half of the pitch leaving little for keeper Conor Foley to do but when called upon he was excellent coming for the ball when he should have and staying on his line at the right times.

Things were a little slower in the second half and a new attitude by Killarney saw them have some of the play and a mix up with Parks keeper and full back saw them snatch a goal back. Having conceded a goal Dylan decided it was time for his hat trick and with a good solo run from the half way line got it. That turned out to be the last of the scoring in the game. It was a pleasure to watch the team work, the one twos and the cohesive movement.

Well done to everyone, another 3 points in the bag.

U16A Skechers SFAI Cup Match

U16 National Cup:
Our 16s had a tough encounter at home on Saturday in the National Cup against a very good Nenagh side with a last thirty two place at stake & also a Munster semifinal up for grabs.

Conditions were terrible with wind & rain throughout the eighty minutes but both teams tried to play passing football nevertheless.
We started the brighter dominating most of the first thirty minutes but really should have had two or three goals for our efforts.

We did however get one on eleven minutes after a beauty of a through ball from Darragh Moriarty sent John Carmody on his way & John made no mistake with a cool finish. It was no more than we deserved after John had skinned the cross bar, Mervyn had seen his shot saved & Darragh Moriarty had seen his goal ward shot sail just over with the Nenagh keeper beaten.

Some days you just can’t buy a goal & when Luke Dennehy’s cross clipped the cross bar, again with the Nenagh keeper beaten, it looked like faith was against us. Darragh again shot just over from outside the box & Nenagh couldn’t get up the field but when the did they found Cian Purcell, Greg Scanlon, Nick Izehi, Andrew Murphy & Luke Dennehy a wall of red & black.

The final ten minutes of the half saw the Tipp lads have their first real shot before a punt upfield wasn’t dealt with by our defence & the final touch coming off one of our heads for a killer equaliser right on halftime. All our good work cancelled out.

Nenagh came out fighting in the second half & should have taken the lead inside the first ten minutes but we managed to clear our lines. Then came the match changer after another attack on the right wing & a cross was met first time on the volley with our Captain Devon Burns making a double ‘Darren Randolph’ like save on the line which could have changed the course of the game.

Terence Carmody moved from the wing into left back with TJ McMahon going out wide & Robert Kerins coming on for Darragh Moriarty who had covered every blade of grass on both wings. Nathan Holden was taking the fight to Nenagh in the middle of the Park & eventually had to be replaced after seventy five minutes with Tide bringing a fresh pair of legs into the centre.

The changes gave us a foothold again & TJ was starting to show how dangerous he can be with a shot across the goal followed by a volley which agonisingly hit the side netting.

With three minutes of normal time time left & extra time looming large TJ cut in from the left turning inside the Nenagh defender before coolly slotting the ball into the net to spark wild celebrations on & off the pitch. After two very long minutes of injury time the final whistle came at last & we can now look forward to at least another two games against some of the best teams in the country.
FT 2 – 1
MotM John Carmody

U12B Match Report

  

Park FC (Under 12 B) 1 – Camp 3

On a rain-soaked pitch, Park welcome league leaders Camp to their home turf. After a rousing pre-match speech from Manager Paul, Park took to the pitch with a defensive line-up, with Park aware that Camp had blasted seven goals past one of their leading challengers, earlier in the campaign.

Park’s mighty midfield quartet of Finn, Eldion, Odhran and Sean Heaslip, battled hard, with Finn racing through one-on-one only for Camp FC’s man-of-the-match Carl Mitchells, to make one of several outstanding saves.

Camp dominated the early exchanges with Zach, Cillian and Rory on their toes constantly to keep them out and they deservedly took the lead with a low strike from close range to lead 1-0 at the break which squeezed past Mateusz in goal. Lone striker Adam, and William, when he replaced him, ploughed a lonely furrow, chasing down ball after ball.

Park had the advantage of the wind in the second half and brought on Sean Solomon, Trey, Marc, Rex and Sean Whelan as both teams came close in an end-to-end battle. Sean Heaslip had taken over between the sticks, but the turning point in the game came when Cillian put his hands up to protect his face from a fierce shot and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Camp duly tucked away their second goal of the tie. Moments later as Park pressed for a goal to get back into the game, with the rampaging Jacob, making his debut for Park, tearing up and down the wing, Camp broke the off-side trap and slotted home a third.

With seconds to go the referee again pointed to the spot. Jacob had been hauled down following a long through ball from Zach. The exceptional Carl Mitchells got one hand to the ball, but the power of Jacob’s spot kick made sure it nevertheless rattled into the back of the net. It finished 3-1 to Camp. A thorougly entertaining game, full of positives for Park FC against a strong Camp team who ran out deserved winners on the day.