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 .
FAI Youth Cup 3rd Round
Listowel Celtic 2 v 3 St. Brendan’s Park FC
Our youth team advanced to the fourth round of the cup after coming from behind twice to clinch a narrow win.
Listowel drew first blood against the run of play as we had the lions share of possession but twenty two minutes in Listowel broke with pace on the counter attack and took a shock lead .We were level six minutes later when Adam Ward split Celtics defense and Conor O’Brien shot low under the advancing keeper. Jordan Barry and Aaron Ward should have put their team ahead before the break but fluffed their lines. We dominated the second half and should have taken the lead with only a minute gone in second period when Jordan Barry broke thru but missed with only the keeper to beat. Listowel again grabbed a shock lead in the sixty fifth minute with a great strike from thirty yards right in the top angle of the goals.Park stayed patient with JR Tshikato and James Sheehan creating chances for us and the equaliser came from a corner with JR finding Shane Jordan at the front post and he rifled his shot into roof of the Listowel net,we had Listowel pinned back in their final third and in the eighty fourth minute Conor O’Brien beat the offside trap and was taken down by the Listowel keeper, the ref pointed to the penalty spot,Parks JR Tshikato stepped forward and dispatched the spot kick into the top corner and send his team into the fourth round.
Best for Park ; James Sheehan – JR Tshikato – Shane Jordan – Andrew Breen
Man of Match ; Conor O’Brien
Fai Youth Cuo 2nd Round
Killarney Celtic 1 v 2 Park FC
This cup encounter was Parks toughest test of the season so far with both sides leaving it all on the pitch that saw Park advance to the third round with another away fixture v Listowel Celtic.
Park management need and must solve their slow starts to games and conceding early goals as they found themselves trailing after only eight minutes .The game was played at a high intensity with Park more creative but guilty of not punishing Celtic with Jordan Barry ,Conor O’Brien and Aaron Ward failing to convert some golden chances.
It was Parks captain Adam Ward in the thirty fifth minute that burst into the Celtic area and was tripped ,ref pointed to the penalty spot and it was Adam that converted the spot kick sending the Killarney keeper the wrong way , all level at the break.
Killarney started the opening ten minutes of the second half strongly pushing the Park back and winning four corners in a row but Parks defense stood strong and when you have Conor Hayes the best youth keeper in the county between the posts putting in a man of the match performance this instills confidence in his team.
Parks midfield duo Adam Ward and James Sheehan started to get a hold on midfield and Park took the lead in seventy fifth minute when David Oba down the right side of midfield found Parks striker Conor O’Brien with a defense splitting pass clinically finishing thru the legs of the advancing keeper.
The final ten minutes saw Park defend stalwartly from a Celtic side pressing for an equalizer and again it was Parks custodian Conor Hayes making a top class save at full stretch tipping the ball around the post for a corner in added time to see Park thru to the third round.
Best for Park ; Shane Jordan – Leon Shalemba – Jordan Barry – Adam Ward
Man of Match ; Conor Hayes
Park FC ;Conor Hayes – Andrew Breen – Jack Donahue – Shane Jordan – Leon Shalemba – Adam Ward – James Sheehan – Aaron Ward – Kevin Brown – Jordan Barry – Conor O’Brien
Daniel Ianko – David Oba – Jamie O’Brien – Osaz Idahi
Management ; Graham O’Sullivan ; Tadgh Healy
Munster Youth Cup
Kerry Area Semifinal
Park FC 5 v 1 Castleisland Afc
Park controlled the game but were guilty of been wasteful in front of goal and were made to pay when Castleisland were awarded a dubious penalty in the forty fourth minute which they converted to take a shock lead into the break.
Park management made a couple of positional changes for the second half and moving James Sheehan from right back to midfield proved to be the key as Park pressed Castleisland and totally dominated the second half , netting five goals with captain Adam Ward hitting a brace and one apiece coming from Aaron Ward , JR Tshikato and Jordan Barry.
Best for Park;Conor O’Brien – Shane Jordan – Adam Ward – Kevin Brown
Man of Match ; James Sheeehan
Park Team ; Conor Hayes – Jack Donohue – Shane Jordan – James Sheehan – Leon Shalemba – JR Tshikato – Adam Ward – Kevin Brown – Jordan Barry – Aaron Ward – Conor O’Brien ;Bench – Jamie O’Brien – David Oba – Mike Lacey – Ben Falvey – Andrew Breen
Management;Graham O’Sullivan – Tadgh Healy
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!
FIXTURES WEEKENDING 22/20/27
VITHIT Kerryschoolboysgirls League 21/10/17
SKECHERS SFAI CUP
Aisling Annocotty B v St. Brendan’s Park FC U13A 2pm
Daly’s Supervalu U13 Div. 2
St. Brendan’s Park Fc B v Killorglin B 12pm
SKECHERS SFAI CUP 3rd round
Mastergeeha v St. Brendan’s Park FC 15A 12pm
Killarney Plaza U15 Div. 2
Windmill United v St. Brendan’s Park FC B 10.30
DENNY U17 LEAGUE
St. Brendan’s Park FC v Killarney Athletic 2pm
DENNY DIV.1B 22/10/17
St. Brendan’s Park FC v Windmill United 11.30
Denny Youth League
Park FC 2 : 1 Castleisland
We were made to work hard to claim all three points in their second league outing.
Castleisland took an early lead on twelve minutes with a snap shot from the edge of the area beating our keeper Jack Rogers low to his left hand post.
We were closed down quickly every time they got on the ball and were forced into long range efforts from Adam Ward and Leon Shalemba by a resilient Castleisland defense and went into the break with a deserved lead.
Our management team made some positional changes for the second half and brought in Aaron Ward on the right side these changes and higher tempo from our players saw them dominate the game. The break thru came twenty minutes into the half with Jordan Barry breaking down the left and cutting the ball back to Conor O’Brien and he guided the ball low under the advancing keeper.
We were now totally dominant and wave after wave of attack it was Jordan Barry again gave us the lead scoring at the back post with a bullett of a header in the seventy fifth minute. We shut up shop for the final ten minutes and overall deserved the win,
Best for Park ;Jack Donahue – Jordan Barry – Adam Ward – Aaron Ward – Leon Shalemba
Man of Match Shane Jordan
FIXTURES WEEK ENDING 15/10/17
DENNY YOUTH LEAGUE
St. Brendan’s Park Fc v Castleisland Fc 7.30pm 11/10/17
venue Mounthawk Park
Vithit Kerryschoolboysgirls League 12/10/17
Killarney Celtic U16B v St. Brendan’s Park Fc U16B 7.30pm
SKECHERS SFAI CUP 14/10/17
Killarney Athletic U12A v St. Brendan’s Park Fc U12A 4pm
Caherdavin Celtic Fc u16 v St. Brendan’s Park Fc U16A 2pm, Greenhills
Vithit Kerryschoolboysgirls League 14/10/17
St. Brendan’s Park Fc U12Bv Listowel Celtic U12B 12pm
St. Brendan’s Park Fc v Castlegregory Celtic 11.30am
Denny U17 League
Mastergeeha 1 v 7 Park FC
We dominated this away fixture and took a three goal lead into the break with Mervin Shalemba scoring a brace and David Oba adding the third.
Park took total control early into second half when Oba got his second and Parks fourth .JR Tshikato (capt) scored Parks fifth with Jordan Barry scoring a brace.
Mastergeeha scored a late consolation.
Best 4Park ; Mervin Shalemba – John Carmody – JR Tshikato – Jordan Barry
Man of Match ; Leon Shalemba