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SKECHERS SFAI CUP 3rd Round 14/10/17
Killarney Athletic U12A 0 : 2 St. Brendan’s Park Fc U12A
On Saturday last our U12A team travelled to Killarney Athletic in the Skechers SFAI Cup 3rd round. In the opening quarter of the first half it was pretty frantic with both side looking threatening. We had the better of possession and we were unfortunate not to take the lead when a lovely one-two down our right had side between Aaron Powell and Andrew Kerins saw Aaron through with the keeper and his shot was well saved at the near post from the Athletic goalkeeper. Athletic thought they had an opportunity to score when their striker raced through on Oisin O’Halloron’s goal and as he was lining up his shot in came Immanuel Manu with a wonderfully timed sliding tackle to spare his keeper having to be called into action keeping the game scoreless. We began to control the game more and more. In goal Oshìn O’Halloran hadn’t much to do with Immanuel Manu & James Fisher dominant in defence winning the ball back in what seemed almost every occasion that they faced a direct opponent, with Andrew Kerins(right) & Ciarán Kavanagh(left) bombing up and down the wings at every opportunity, our midfield trio of Nathan Aherne,Bruno Browzy & Aaron Powell controlling the middle third of the pitch and with Seamus Kelly Up front causing a lot of problems to the Athletic defence with his direct running towards the Athletic goal. As legs began to tire towards the end of the half we replaced Aaron and Bruno for Jay Jay Olajitan & Jack Slattery in the 24th min. A tactical switch was needed with Seamus dropping into midfield to replace Bruno and Jack going in as the no.10 for Aaron which meant Jay Jay slotting in up front. With less then a minute of the changes we reaped an instant reward, Ciarian Kavanagh and Seamus Kelly combined down the left to set Jay Jay away, he bust through towards the Athletic goal at a almost light speed with the defenders trailing in his wake, when he arrived on the edge of the box he had the composure and presence of mind to look inside to see Jack who’s movement was superb to find a pocket of space and Jay Jay’s perfectly waited pass to was finished expertly by Jack to put us in front with a fantastic fluid move. We pressed for a second goal before half time, and almost got one when Seamus forced a corner. Jack from our right took the corner right footed, it was almost the inch perfect he floated the ball over to the back post only to see his delivery cannoned off the up right to go agonisingly wide and see us going in at halftime with a deserved 1-0 lead.
U16 Sketchers SFAI Cup
Our 16′s travel to Limerick city on Saturday to play Caherdavin Celtic in the National Cup.
We started the brighter with John Carmody pulling a shot just wide within the first ten minutes & Mervyn following up a few minutes later with another shot across the face of Celtics goal.
A cross from John Carmody in the twenty-sixth minute just missed both Tide & Mervyn inside the box but Terence was following up to finish at the back post.
Within a minute we had doubled our lead as a pinpoint Devon Burns kick out found Mervyn on the last defenders shoulder & once he controlled the ball it was only going one place & that was bottom corner of the net for a fantastic finish.
Celtic replied inside three minutes after we failed to clear a ball on the edge of the box & it was no more than they deserved after a number of chances including one bicycle kick which thankfully sailed over Devons crossbar. Nathan Holden played the pass of the day through the Limerick lads midfield to put John Carmody in on goal but again his shot went inches wide.
Halftime 2 – 1
After fifteen minutes of the restart Terence turned provider after a lovely pass into the box for Mervyn to side foot in. A minute later John once again had to watch his shot drift wide after rolling across the goal line & somehow stay out. Our defence was well on top with Nick & Cian rock solid while Andrew Murphy & Terence Carmody tormented Celtic with their attaching runs from full back.
The final score came on twenty nine minutes of the half when Andrew picked out Mervyn with a beauty & Mervyn finished coolly for his hat-trick.
A great team performance by all with Mervyn picking up the Man of the Match award.
Thanks to Caherdavin Celtic for the hospitality with a fine spread laid on for us afterwards in their club house.
St Brendan’s Park FC Under 12Bs 3-2 Listowel Celtic Under 12Bs
St Brendan’s Park FC Under 12 Bs took the field against a strong, determined Listowel Celtic side, who started impressively and bossed the first 15 minutes of the game in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Our defence held firm, with man-of-the-match Rory showing excellent control and touch, backed up by Sean Solomon, Killian and Zach to neutralise Celtic’s rampaging raids. When Celtic did break through, Sean Heaslip was immense in goal.
But we grew into the game, helped by a speedy midfield of Odhran, William and Trey while captain for the day, Eldion, was everywhere in his defensive midfield role, marshalling the defence while inspiring the attack.
With 10 minutes to the half time break, Odhran converted a through ball from Eldion to put us 1-0 up at the break. Coach Paul was full of encouragement at half time, but early in the second half Celtic slipped Park’s offside trap and equalised with a neat finish from their centre forward.
We poured forward in search of a goal and five minutes later it came, Odhran neatly finishing for his second of the game after great movement from attackers Marc and Adam. The game was now incredibly open, with attacks flowing from end to end and the enthusiastic crowd roaring on their charges. Celtic pushed for an equaliser and camped out for long periods in our half, rattling the crossbar with a thunderbolt of a shot, but from a long though ball from Zach on our next attack, Trey found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat and did so with some style to make it 3-1.
Celtic got a goal back in the dying embers of the game and pushed hard for a leveller in the final few seconds, but it was not to be and we held on for the win in a cracking game.
FIXTURES WEEK ENDING 15/10/17
U15 Premier League
Inter Kenmare 1 Park 2
Park U15s made the long trip to Kenmare on Saturday morning last with hopes of back-to back victories following their National Cup win a fortnight ago. Shorn of the services of John O’Connor, Earnan Ferris and Adam Sheehy through injury, the club’s U14s helped out and Messiah Chirwa, Cianan Cooney, Colin Doody and Ben Hanafin were drafted in to bolster the squad, which also featured new signing, keeper Gavin O’Brien.
Park started well and were very comfortable in possession, especially when building from the back, where James Charles was very accurate in possession and he was ably supported by Marc Brick and Adam Walker who were very solid throughout. Leon Gallagher and Jack Twamley were controlling midfield, with Dan Fisher and Sean Kedzierski raiding down the flanks and David Callaghan a threat in behind the homesters defence. The pressure paid off when a typical Park move split the Inter defence and when the ball broke to Cianan Cooney 12 yards out, he smashed in high into the net to give the Tralee lads a deserved lead. Kenmare refused to buckle however and were right back in the game shortly after, when a long-range shot eluded Gavin O’Brien to level matters. It was nip and tuck from there to half time although Park had just about regained the initiative with the introduction of Chirwa, Doody and Hanafin.
On the resumption, Park regained control, particularly with the introduction of Darragh Walsh into central defence where his pace and strength were clearly evident. This also released warrior captain Ryan Guerin into midfield where he immediately stabilized proceedings and was complimented by the re-introduction of Gallagher who started to pick holes in the Kenmare defence with his range of passing, which continually released the dangerous Doody down the right flank. Matt Healy also entered the fray and gave the visitors another option down the opposite wing.
The pressure finally told when Chirwa picked out the mercurial Cooney’s superbly timed run with an exquisite pass inside the box and he made no mistake to make it 2-1 to Park. In fact, Cooney was only denied a hat-trick when his 20-yard shot came back off the crossbar with the keeper beaten. To their credit, Inter never gave up and pressed to the finish, but with Walsh rock-solid, Charles and Hanafin steadfast while also carrying the ball out of defence and Twamley and Walker back in the action to reinforce the rearguard, Park saw the game out impressively to claim the spoils.
Park: O’Brien, Walker, Charles, Guerin, Brick, Twamley, Gallagher, Kedzierski, Cooney, Fisher, Callaghan, Walsh, Healy, Hanafin, Chirwa, Doody
Special thanks to Ken, Dominik, John Walker, Con Healy, Andy “coffee” Fisher and Denis ”The Boxer” Hanafin for providing transport.
Killarney Athletic U12B 2 : 2 St. Brendan’s Park Fc U12B
St Brendan’s Park FC Under 12 Bs took on the might of Killarney Athletic Under 12 Bs in a thrilling contest on Saturday morning.
We began edgily with Killarney Athletic dominating the early exchanges and after twenty minutes Athletic deservedly went in front with the ball prodded home in a goalmouth scramble. The goal encouraged Athletic who pressed hard for a second, but we didn’t lose their shape and their solid defence of Finn, Rory, Zach and Cillian and Matuaz in goal held firm to keep us in it at half-time against a team that had averaged 4 goals per game in their previous outings.
“Keep believing, we can still do this,” was the cry from team coach Paul, as we began to settle and come more into the game. Sean Heaslip started to hare down the wing and deliver dangerous crosses into the box, while Trey, captain for our first game, Sean Whelan, Jamie and Adam battled hard to convert, but it was the skill of Eldion drilling into the corner which brought us level.
Following our equaliser the action swung from end-to-end with the enthusiastic crowd roaring on their respective teams. Athletic, speedy on the counter attack, lashed a shot against the post, while we at the other end thundered a shot off the bar, before Athletic regained the lead following a fine strike. With William, Odhran and Adam now pouring forward in search of a leveller, it fell to the dancing feet of Mohammed, our man-of-the-match, to score the equaliser.
Both sides pushed hard for a winner but it was not meant to be and the two teams shook hands at the end, honours even.
Tralee Trophy World Under Div. 2
St. Brendan’s Park Fc U16B 3 : 2 Fenit Samphires
Our 16 B’s recorded their second win of the league after a hard fought win against an ex-Park loaded Fenit on Saturday evening on a score line of 3 – 2. Robert Kerins opened the scoring after twelve minutes after the Fenit keeper had made a fine double save. Straight from the tip off we won back the ball & Jacob Radulescu hit the net for our second in less than a minute. Between this & halftime we could have had three or four more but for some last gasp saves & poor finishing but Slywester Trafny eventually getting our third before the break with a neat turn & shot.
It wasn’t however all one way traffic as Fenit came close on a number of occasions but for DJ Griffin making at least three smart saves & Ryan O Sullivan clearing off the line. Liam Magee & Peter Dineen had a lot to do but dealt with the job magnificently through out. Conor Kavanagh & Ryan both played outstanding & ran themselves into the ground.
The second half was backs to the walls stuff as Fenit threw the kitchen sink at us & on fifty minutes got what they deserved with a good finish. Within ten minutes it was three two after a free deceived DJ to leave us hanging on. Despite both sides having a number of chances, some very good chances, that was the way it finished.
But for the brilliant display by Jordan Mason & also Liam Magee in centre mid in the second half & Robert Kerins who played in about four different positions we surely wouldn’t have come away with three points. At last the full time whistle blew & our lads enjoyed the win, well done to all sixteen players who gave it everything.
Man of the match: Liam Magee.
St. Brendan’s Park Fc U16A 7 : 2 Killarney Athletic U16A
We eventually got our league campaign off to a flying start at home to Killarney Athletic on Saturday with a 7 – 2 victory & even though the margin seemed comfortable it was anything but as the Athletic lads battled until the end with 10 men for much of the second half.
After a very slow start we managed to string some passes together before Mervyn went on a run into the box leaving all in his wake before firing an unstoppable shot to the net for the opening score after fifteen minutes. Three minutes later John Carmody let rip from outside the box for surely a contender for goal of the season to put us two up. Michael Lally then conceded a peno to give the Athletic lads a lifeline before halftime.
Another lovely move involving a Mervyn & John one-two had John score his second of the half to leave us three one up at the break.
That lifeline however lasted just five minutes after Athletics keeper tripped Terence Carmody in the box giving ref Willie Gorman no option but to show him a straight red & Terence’s peno was saved by the sub keeper. Terence had made amends five minutes later with a last touch to his brother goal bound shot to claim the goal. Devon Burns made some fine one on one saves to keep our lead intact while Nick Izehi & Cian Purcell were rocks in defence.
In the centre of the pitch Nathan Holden & Elliot Lynch were winning tackles all over the place while at left back Luke Dennehy looked very comfortable on the ball & provided plenty of options for Darragh Moriarty to drive up the wing.
TJ McMahon came off the bench at halftime to add to the scoring with a lovely finish before Athletic rattled the net for the second time with an unstoppable free from outside the box after we gave away a needless foul. Eventually John Carmody finished off his hat-track after rattling the crossbar earlier with a fine finish with his right. Not to be outdone the midfield dynamo Nathan Holden finished the scoring to leave the final score 7 – 2.
We wish TJ & Jack Kirby speedy recoveries from their injuries, get well soon lads !
Men of the match: John Carmody & Elliot Lynch.