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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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
FIXTURES weekending 17/09/2017
Wednesday 13th september
VITHIT U12 Premier
U12A v L.B Rovers 6.30pm
Saturday 16th September
SFAI Skechers Cups
U12 A v Pallas United 2pm
Birdhill v U14A
U16A v Tralee Dynamos 2pm
VITHIT U12 DIV 2
M.E.K v U12B 10.30am
VITHIT U16 DIV 2
U16B v Castleisland 11.30am
DENNY KERRY DISTRICT LEAGUE
Sunday 17th September
St Brendans Park v Killarney Athletic B 2pm