Park FC UNDER 12Bs v Listowel Celtic

Match Report: Anthony Garvey

Park FC Under 12Bs 2-0 Listowel Celtic –  14 April 2018

A full squad of fifteen Park players turned up on a fine, breezy day, to face a strong Listowel Celtic side.  Park Under 12B coaches, Paul and Anthony rotated their players to make sure they all got at least 20 minutes game time in the match.


Park started both halves with the same team: Casper in goal, a strong defence of Sean Solomon, Sean Heaslip and Rory, a marauding midfield duo of Jakob and Zach, fast wingers Sean Whelan and Lucas and electric William up front.


From the start Park played with the wind at their backs knowing the breeze was worth at least an extra goal to them.  Park had the bulk of the chances, with Listowel content to defend.  Listowel’s game plan seemed to be to hit their hosts on the break, trying to beat Park’s offside trap as our defenders pushed up to the half-way line to keep the pressure on.


With 20 minutes gone, Zach floated a ball into Jakob who beat two Listowel defenders and curled a low shot into the bottom corner to put Park into the lead.  Eugene, Odhran and Adam came on as Listowel pressed for an equaliser and Park brought on Mark, Jack and Rex to shore the defence up as half time approached.  Paul delivered some powerful words of inspiration at the half-time break, encouraging the team to keep the ball on the ground when playing into the ever-increasing wind.


Disaster struck early in the second half when Jakob connected with a Listowel attacker in the penalty box and the referee pointed to the spot, but Casper stood tall and saved brilliantly. With both teams making further substitutions, the game flowed from end-to-end, with several goalmouth scrambles, until man-of-the-match William, who had run all day, skipped past the Listowel defence and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.


Two great team performance in a game played in good spirit and the enthusiastic crowd applauded both teams off the pitch.



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Academy matches U9 v U10

Photo: Team captains Jack Kelly (u10) and Ademola Idowu (u9) with Director of football Padraig McCannon before one of the terrific academy  matches played this weekend at Christy Leahy Park.


Our under 9 and under 10 squads played some challenge games against each other on Saturday during our academy session. A fantastic morning of football was had by all.


Well done to all the players and coaches for taking part.



The Academy returns next Saturday with all age groups kicking off at 10:00am.



Academy membership 2018

Please note that anybody seeking to join our academy must contact academy coordinator Preston McEvoy as spaces are very limited. To enquire please email Preston at





SFAI Regional Semi Final Report

St Brendan’s Park 3 Galbally Utd 2
Scorers for Park Cianan Cooney 2, Seán O’Connor
A beautiful morning in Tralee turned into a really blustery, difficult afternoon for good football. However, Park started this SFAI Regional semifinal on the front foot and playing a wonderful passing game. Josh Connolly, Cianan Cooney and Sean O’Connell were combining superbly down the left flank and David Feeley was linking up well with his front three to keep the pressure on Galbally.
Early half-chances were spurned by Park before a ninth minute corner from Colin Doody was cleared back to him and his fine delivery went deep into the Galbally box where midfielder Seán O’Connor expertly placed his header into the bottom corner of the net.
Park were playing the better football but a mixup in midfield five minutes later led to Galbally equalising against the run of play. The ball was driven over the top for centre forward Owen O’Sullivan to run onto and smash a fine shot past Liam Carmody in the Park goals. O’Sullivan proved to be a handful for the Park lads all day and his battle with a determined Luke O’Connell from Park was engaging throughout.
Two minutes after conceding Park produced a superb passage of play from back to front and when Messiah Chirwa put Colin Doody through his effort was agonisingly just millimeters wide.
Doody was involved again ten minutes later when he took a pass from the excellent Seán O’Connor in midfield and linked with David Feeley. Feeley could have taken the shot himself but instead played an inch perfect pass to Cianan Cooney and the young winger slotted home brilliantly to give Park a deserved lead at the break.
The conditions were tough for players and spectators alike but the Galbally lads seemed to grow stronger after the break, just like the wind. They equalised in the tenth minute of the second half in fortuitous enough circumstances. A debatable free was awarded to Galbally twenty yards out when it seemed it could easily have gone the other way. The young Park boys in the wall will be hoping there was no video evidence of the goal. A gaping hole appeared in the wall and John English gratefully planted his shot to the keepers right to level matters.
Galbally could have gone ahead five minutes later. It seemed that the ball was kicked out of the Park keeper’s hands but as the referee waved play on, Luke O’Connell was the most alert and brilliantly cleared the ball just as O’Sullivan was about to score for Galbally.
Samuel Aladesanusi shot over the top soon after to relieve some of the pressure on the Tralee lads while Messiah Chirwa was working his socks off in midfield alongside Conor Kerins and Cillian Murphy had come on up front to make a nuisance of himself. It was Murphy who latched onto a huge clearance by Liam Carmody with fifteen minutes to go and his expert flick put Cianan Cooney through with a one v one on the Galbally keeper. Cooney, with typical coolness made no mistake and calmly rolled the ball into the Galbally net to put Park back in front.
The game ebbed and flowed until the final whistle. Chirwa forced himself into some good positions as did O’Sullivan at the other end. Luke Casey entered the fray for the Park for the final ten minutes and acquitted himself well, having stepped up from the U-13s. Neither defense yielded over those final minutes and Park just about deserved their place in the Regional final. They will now meet either Killorglin or Listowel Celtic in the final making it an all Kerry affair.
There was a big traveling support for Galbally as well a a great turn out, as usual, of Park supporters. Thank you to everyone for a superb atmosphere in very poor weather conditions. A big thank you also to the Park parents for providing refreshments for the traveling Galbally contingent.
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, Luke O’Connell, Cillian Murphy, David Feeley, Cian O’Neill and Luke Casey.

Youth team FAI Cup semi Final versus St Kevin’s Boys

Our youth team hosted St Kevin’s Boys on 07 April 2018 in the FAI Youth Cup semi final.

The match was a tough battle in wet conditions with both sides defending brilliantly and contesting every ball throughout. Unfortunately we lost 1 nil to an injury time goal however the players as well as Tadgh Healy and his coaching team did us proud in their great run in this prestigious competition.



Mikey Burke scores again!

Congratulations to our senior player Mikey Burke on scoring his 21st goal of the season today. Despite the 3-1 defeat against Windmill United Mikey’s excellent goal scoring form this season has continued.

Club Fixtures 18/2/18

Club fixtures Weekending 18/2/18
Wednesday 15/2/18

Denny Youth League
St Brendans Park v Listowel Celtic 5pm Venue Mounthawk Park All-Weathe

U12 Kerry Cup

Inter kenmare B v St Brendan’s Park Fc U12A 12pm
St Brendan’s Park Fc U12C v Killorglin B 10.30am

U14 SFAI Cup

St Brendan’s Park Fc U14A v Kells Blackwater 2pm

U16 Kerry Cup

Killarney Celtic B v St Brendan’s Park Fc U16A 1pm

FAI Youth Cup 4th Round , Last 16 (extra time & pens if needed)
St Brendans Park v Conn Rangers 12pm

Venue Mounthawk Park All-Weather Pitch

Denny Div. 1B

Windmill United v St Brendans Park 1.30pm (Venue Mounthawk Park All Weather Pitch

Club Results 11/2/18

Club Results Weekending 11/2/18

U13 Premier 

Killarney Athletic 0 : 4 St Brendans Park Fc U13A

U-14 Premier 

St Brendans Park Fc U14A  5 : 1 Listowel Celtic

U15 Premier 

Inter Kenmare 1 : 3 St Brendans Park Fc U15A

Denny Youth League 

Castleisland 1 : 1 St. Brendan’s Park Fc

U16B Match Report 4/2/18

Our 16B squad also down to the bare bones due to injury & sickness hosted Killarney Celtic B on that fantastic all weather pitch in Mounthawk Park.
We welcomed DJ Griffin back from a long injury & what an important part he played in the win making saves at vital times in the game.
The away game had seen Celtic win 4 nil at home in a comfortable victory so we knew that all the lads would have to battle for every ball to get something from the game. What we didn’t know was this was to be an absolute thriller of a battle from start to finish. Celtic took the lead early & the signs looked ominous again.
We were creating all the chances but some terrible finishing was keeping it scoreless before Michael Lally burst through the Killarney defense & hit an unstoppable shot which hit the underside of the bar bounced inside the line & came back out in a copy of the famous World Cup final goal in 1966. Luckily for us the eagle eyed Kevin saw it cross the line & awarded the goal.
After that we dominated the remainder of the half until a minute before halftime Michael Lally had struck a goal bound shot which crashed off the butt of the post & in the ensuing battle to win the rebound Michael received a straight red card.
So after all our fine play in the first forty minutes we would be down to ten men for the second forty.
At halftime we also had to withdraw Sean Sookarry who had become unwell during the first half leaving us two subs, one of whom was  carrying an injury, backs to the wall stuff !
HT 1 – 1

The second half will be remembered by the management for the battling qualities & never say die attitude show by all on the pitch as boys became men to create chance after chance with Liam Magee’s dribble from Centre back to shooting just over inside the Celtic box being a stand out moment.

Jordan Mason was a class act in midfield spraying passes all over the pitch & his midfield partner Kieran O Leary ran himself to a standstill. Liam & Peter Dineen played outstanding together at the back while Connor Kavanagh & Eoin McDonnell played probably their best game to date. Even though a man down Luke Dennehy & Simon Moynihan covered both wings up & down without stopping for breath, launching attack after attack.
Ryan O Sullivan’s injury eventually got the better of him & Mark Roche worked tirelessly to provide an out ball when under pressure.
With two minutes of time remaining &  Celtic pressing high looking for a winning goal Kieran O Leary went on one final lung bursting run through the Celtic midfield & found himself on the edge of the box & with a premiership finish lifted the ball over the keeper & into the top corner to give our lads a much deserved three points.
FT 2 – 1
MotM Liam Magee & Jordan Mason.


U16A Match Report 4/2/18

Our 16A squad travelled to the Dragons Den in Killorglin for an early Saturday morning kickoff with a few absentees due to illness , injuries & school trips.
Nevertheless we created all the chances in the first half but only converting one from TJ McMahon. The Killorglin keeper was in fine form denying first TJ then a fine double save stopping Nathan Holden’s shot from point blank range. So after dominating the first half we only had a goal to show for all our good play.

Within five minutes of the restart John Carmody had struck a left legged rocket inside the post to double our lead.
Following more good play, Darragh Moriarty took the ball down controlled it & hit an unstoppable shot into the far top corner for what will surely be a goal of the season contender. Game over with thirty minutes to play or so we thought !!
Another top quality save again from a Darragh Moriarty goal bound shot seem to bring the Killorglin boys to life & they threw everything at us for the remainder of the game.
A defensive mix up led to their goal & when we conceded a penalty for a hand ball shortly after it looked like another Ballyhar was on the cards. Up stepped Stephen Nix, our new keeper, from that famous Tralee sporting family to dive to his right & palm away the peno to ease the nerves. Despite a few missed chances at the other end & a couple more scares we saw out the final minutes for a much needed win.
Full time 3 – 1
Best for Park, Darragh Moriarty, Colin Walsh, John Carmody & MotM Andrew Murphy.