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JD leaves a void that will never be filled

JD leaves a void that will never be filled
At 5.20 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 John Dowling (JD) passed from this life leaving a void that will never be filled. He is survived by his loving wife Gaye, daughter Niamh, sons Tomas and Kieran, grandson Conor, sisters Mary and Catherine and brothers Elisha and Damien and Many friends.
As well as being a family man JD was a fantastic club man as hundreds of past players of St. Brendan’s Park FC will testify to. For those of us who were members of the 1974/75/76 St. Brendan’s Park FC squads we have many treasured memories of JD who always had a smile on his face. To the players lucky enough to have played with JD in that era they will remember him as always giving one hundred per cent. He was never one to carry a grudge and he was a great believer of what happened on the field stayed on the field. For many years he organised trips to Irish International Soccer matches that were played in Lansdowne Road, now known as the Aviva Stadium.
We have lost a great friend – may he rest in peace.

 

Thanks to Christy Leahy for the above piece .

Summer Soccer Camps at St. Brendan’s Park FC

FAI Summer Soccer Schools at St Brendan’s Park FC will be on the week beginning July 23rd. Book early to avoid disappointment, visit camps.fai.ie for information and to reserve your place on the FAI camp. Our own club coach Donagh O’Brien will supervise this camp.

Also St Brendan’s Park FC will host its own weekly soccer camps on the weeks of July 16th and July 30th. These club camps are for boys and girls and will operate Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm. Mike McCannon and Warren McDonald will be camp supervisors. More information on booking and fees will follow in a few weeks regarding our own club camps.

U12B Match Report

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.

 

 

U11B Match Result

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.

U11A Match Report

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.

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.

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.