Latest news from our U12s …
St. Brendan’s Park FC will host it’s final Summer Camp for 2018 this coming week beginning Monday July 30th. Our 5 day Camp will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm each day. The camp will be held at the splendid facilities at Mounthawk Park, KDL grounds located just past our own club grounds.
The camp costs just €50 and €20 for each child from the same family. There is also a daily rate of just €10 for those who can’t make the 5 day camp.
Head coach Warren McDonald will be on hand with his team from 9:30am on Monday morning to look after anyone still wanting to register. Our last camp was a huge success which had over 80 children participating so we expect this camp to be another fun football week for the kids.
The Park academy continues this Saturday morning for all groups, 10:00am kick off, please arrive on time. This will be our final session before our July break so come to training before going to the beach!
We will take 3 weeks off and return on July 28th ready for action all the way to Halloween when the academy season ends.
Our summer camps are on the weeks beginning July 16th and July 30th. Registration this Saturday between 10:00am and 11:00am. Numbers are restricted so book early to guarantee your place. € 50 for one week, €80 for 2 weeks which we feel is great value.
We have received a number of recent enquiries regarding academy membership. All enquiries to academy manager Preston McEvoy at email@example.com
We would like to invite interested players boys and girls age 6-13 to try our summer camps and hopefully space opens up at some stage for academy membership and our league teams.
Finally the schoolboy/girls season is starting in September so from u11 upwards no soccer for now other than our camps. Updates on the league season to come later next month. Check our Facebook page for regular club updates.
Enjoy the fine weather this week .
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
The following, St. Brendan’s Park Fc players, have been selected to attend the FAI Emerging Talent Programme Regional Block training days at Killarney Celtic FC, Killarney on the dates in October 2017 outlined below.
Luke Casey 2005
Darragh Cunnane 2005
Odhran Ferris 2005
Richard Healy 2005
Cian O’Gara 2005
Michael Tansley 2005
nathan aherne 2006
Bruno Borowzy 2006
James Fisher 2006
Seamus Kelly 2006
Andrew Kerins 2006
Immanuel Manu 2006
Oisin o Halloran 2006
Justin o Sullivan 2006
Jay jay Olijatian 2006
Jack Slattery 2006
Dates and Schedule
The arrangements for the RETP- October 2017 block training sessions are as follows:
- Monday October 30th – 11am – 12:30
- Tuesday October 31st – 11am – 12:30
- Monday October 30th – 1:30pm – 3pm
- Tuesday October 31st – 1:30pm – 3pm
All players should report 30 minutes ahead of training, bring boots for suitable for artificial turf and should also bring a bottle of water with them for training. Where possible, players must wear their League Centre training kit.
If you have any queries regarding these training session, or if a player is unable to attend any of these sessions, please contact Regional Centre Coordinator Darren Aherne as soon as possible at 086 0489019.
NEW ST.BRENDANS PARK FC SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION
In conjunction with O’Neill’s Sportswear, the Club will shortly be unveiling a new jersey for the seasons ahead and we would like as many members as possible to enter a competition to decide what it looks like!
We are inviting all members to enter a competition, where they will design what they believe should be the Clubs shirt going forward.
The only stipulation is that the design MUST include the Clubs traditional RED and BLACK colours only.
The winner of the competition will receive a personalised shirt with the winning design!
Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or paper versions can be handed to any of the coaches, Management Committee members, or you can also use the following link!
Entries must be received no later than Monday, 20th November next.
BEST OF LUCK!