Our u11 b squad welcomed tralee dynamos to Christy Leahy park on Saturday afternoon and it was a game that produced many chances for both teams. The first half was a scrappy affair with both teams taking time to settle. Dynamos came out second half with intent and put the park defence under pressure numerous times. The park boys then started to apply some pressure of there own midway through the second half and created some fine goalscoring chances. Special mention for man of the match oisin Breen who was the park’s main attacking threat throughout the second half and who worked tirelessly from start to finish. Thanks to dynamos players and coaches for an entertaining game.
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.
Perfect conditions on a Saturday afternoon at Christy Leahy park for a game of soccer were out under 11b squad took on listowel celtic. The tone was set from the off with the park boys producing some great attacking play which continued throughout the game. The defence when called upon was rock solid and composed. A very special mention to liam O’Connell who made the man of the match decision an easy one with an outstanding goalscoring performance from centre midfield. Big thanks to listowel for travelling in for the game and who performed very well considering they were short on subs and who’s keeper was oustanding.
Well done to both Park U11 and LB Rovers teams for playing some excellent football in their two games in Ballybunnion last Saturday. It was great for both teams to overcome early difficulties playing on grass to produce two very even and exciting games of football. Thanks to our hosts for providing their pitch for the fixture. Well done to captains on the day Sam Slattery and Martin McGivern who both did the club proud. Congratulations to Man of the match Eugene in the A fixture and joint m.o.t.m. Oliver Lata and Eoin Flaherty in the B fixture.
Munster Youth Cup
Park FC 1 v 0 Ballingarry
Park deserved their narrow victory as they had the lions share of position and created the some good chances over the ninety minutes. Parks midfield three were on top thru out the game forcing Ballingarry into trying long range efforts that really never really tested Parks custodian Conor Hayes.Parks Jordan Barry and Aaron Ward forced Ballingarry keeper into acton but it was striker Conor O’Brien whom taught he had giving the Park the lead on thirty three minutes only to see his strike hit the underneath of the crossbar and shoot down hit the goal line and Ballingarry keeper cleared his line.
Second half Park were totally dominant with Adam Ward and JR Tshikato controlling midfield ,Parks Aaron Ward broke down the right wing beating two players and he picked out Conor O’Brien and his flick on fell to the incoming Adam Ward and he rifled the Park into the lead on the hour. Ballingarry tried hard to get back into the tie but Parks defense were resolute.Park will have to travel for semi final
Best for Park;JR Tshikato – Aaron Ward – Shane Jordan – James Sheehan
Man of Match;Adam Ward
Our U16’s bowed out of the National Cup at the last 32 stage after a very poor second half performance saw the visitors score five unanswered goals at home on Saturday.
Having taken the lead after two minutes from our first corner of the game with a brave header from Terence Carmody, we dominated large part of the first half. Unfortunately we failed to use the strong breeze in our favour but were also unlucky on at least two occasions as John Carmody rattled the crossbar with the keeper stranded inside the first five minutes & later in the half when John’s goal bound shot ran along the face of goal.
Charleville also had chances in the half with Gavin Doody making a double save just before halftime but the visitors equalized just after when Gavin looked to have been fouled going for the ball from a corner.
HT 1 – 1
The second half was one way traffic for the most part & once Charleville went in front early from the restart they upped their game. Two goals in four minutes finished the game as a contest & they saw out the game for a deserved victory on a final score line of 6 – 1 with the visitors centeforward scoring an absolute beauty into the top corner.
Credit to Colin Walsh, Andrew Murphy, Cian Purcell & our MOTM John Carmody who never stopped playing.
Also while we’re disappointed to be out of the competition, we had a great run & it will benefit our lads in the long term as the standard is so high at this stage & our boys can see the level they need to reach.
Thanks to all the parents for providing food for the Charleville lads & also to the visitors for being so sporting in victory. We wish them well in the last sixteen.
We now await the winner of Killarney Celtic & Charleville to see who we will play in the Regional semis.
SFAI National Cup U-14
Villa FC 0 Park 2
A large contingent of supporters, parents and players made the long trip to Waterford city on Saturday for this last 32 National Cup tie. Villa FC are probably the biggest club in the South East and justifiably had high hopes for their young side.
However, this Park team have been playing well of late and they themselves harbour high hopes of another sustained run in this competition.
Park settled to their task early and created a good chance for Seán O’Connor whose shot produced a fine save from the big strong Villa keeper. The resultant corner wasn’t cleared and another corner led to the first goal on six minutes. Colin Doody’s fine delivery was met by Josh Connolly who expertly finished to the Villa net.
Park continued to play the better football but with a series of frees being awarded to Villa it was inevitable that the tide would turn a little. The Park defense was resolute however and stood strong when pressure came on them. Seán O’Connell in particular stood out and had a number of timely interventions to ensure Park kept their noses in front.
Park had further chances from Seán O’Connor and should probably have gone two ahead on the stroke of half time but Messiah Chirwa was denied by another fine save by the Scott Pearson in the Villa goals. It remained 1-0 to the away side and they were certainly worth their lead.
Cillian Murphy’s introduction at the start of the second half created some consternation in the Villa defense and he had a number of chances to stretch the Park lead but his shots were blocked or saved by some last ditch heroics.
The game then got a little scrappy from a Park point of view and Villa got more room to play in the middle of the field. No doubt that the long journey and heavy pitch was now taking effect on young legs.
Villa created two good chances during this period but on both occasions Liam Carmody was quickly of his line to ensure both Villa forwards had little to aim for and their efforts went wide.
Conor Kerins in particular, the Sean’s, Hill and O’Connell, Messiah Chirwa and Colin Doody then upped their game a level to lift the siege.
Kerins may not be the biggest in stature but he has the heart of a lion and his continuous tackling and breaking up of quality Villa play was outstanding. Hill and O’Connell were immense at the back and further up the field Chirwa and Doody were combining well to put Park back in the driving seat.
Fifteen minutes into the second half came the deserved second goal. O’Connell and the hard working Cianan Cooney combined to create a shooting opportunity for Cooney and his half shot, half cross was met by Chirwa at the back post. His shot hit Doody on the way in and Park were two in front.
Thereafter Villa poured on the pressure but Luke O’Connell and Kieran O’Connor, who were again being tested continuously on their side, stood strong.
David Feeley, now on and buzzing created a couple of half chances for himself and for Chirwa but Park were denied a third. Samuel Aladesanusi had a good chance but was unfortunate the ball bobbled just before his strike while Ben Hanafin and Cian O’Neill entered the fray to close the game out for a Park team who ran out deserved winners of a really good game.
A huge thank you to all who travelled with the team, providing drives and fantastic backing. A special thank you also to Villa FC who provided a very warm welcome and were most gracious hosts before and after the game. Thanks also to our ball boys, Jamie and Shane and to our expert photographer Brenda Doody.
Danny Diggins and in particular Padraig McCannon have worked diligently with this team over the past few months and all of us involved in the team want to acknowledge their efforts. Take no notice of Colm Poga!
Finally, it was outstanding to see Christy Leahy make the long trip to Waterford to support the boys. A gentleman and great supporter of all things Park.
On a side note it was great to warm up on PST sports newly installed all-weather faculty in Villa. Perhaps the Tralee influence helped us off to the good start.
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, Ben Hanafin, Luke O’Connell, Killian Murphy, David Feeley and Cian O’Neill
Listowel Celtic 0 Park 8
A comprehensive win for the Park but it must be acknowledged that Listowel Celtic were well under strength. The game was played on a beautiful sunny afternoon with the Celtic pitch in excellent condition which in turn helped the flow of the game.
Playing with a strong wind in the first half Park dominated the early exchanges but it took almost twenty minutes for the opening goal to materialise. Sean O’Connor got the first of his brace following good work from Chirwa and Cooney.
The second goal three minutes later was as a result of excellent link up play between Doody and Chirwa. Doody’s slide rule pass brilliantly put Chirwa through for an emphatic finish.
A fine ball from Kieran OConnor put Chirwa free a few minutes later and he crossed for Cianan Cooney to calmly finish despite Jack Moloney’s best efforts.
Chirwa’s persistence set up Seán O’Connor ten minutes before half time following a cross by Seán O’Connell.
Four nil at half time was probably fair but the wind had played a big part in the game.
Luckily for Park it eased somewhat in the second half and two more goals from Messiah and one each from Samuel Aladesanusi and Cillian Murphy meant Park had an easier day than they might have had if Listowel had all their players available.
It’s usually the goal scorers that hog the headlines after such a win but Listowel may also have had more joy on another day if the Park back five weren’t as good as they were. A fine team effort overall.
Speaking of team efforts, a special mention must go to Padraig McCannon and Danny Diggins who have been doing some excellent coaching sessions with the boys.
Big few weeks ahead now for this team and this was certainly a good way start it off.
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, Ben Hanafin, Luke O’Connell, Killian Murphy, David Feeley and Cian O’Neill.
On Saturday our u12A headed to Killarney to face Killarney Celtic. The game was less then two minutes old when a clearance was sliced in to our net to put us a goal behind. Having been rattled by own goal we conceded again within two minutes following a bit of indecision in our back line. At two nil after 4 mins into the game it’s a tough ask for any team to find their way back in to the game but the lads slowly found their feet and began to play some excellent football and had a couple of chances but the Celtic keeper stood firm. In the 20th minute, we were caught on the counter attack to make it three – nil, when it looked as if we were going to get a goal ourselves. To be fair to the boys they dusted themselves down and went right back at it and got a goal though Justin O’Sullivan after great work from Andrew Kerins down the right. It was a much deserved after some great build up play. Three goals to one at half time and we believed that we were truly going to come back into the game. Within a minute of the restart Celtic got a corner, a great delivery into the box, goalkeeper Oshìn got a good hand on to the cross but it fell kindly to the Celtic forward to tap home. Again the lads had it all to do at four goals to one but they showed some real character to keep going which is not easy when your losing by three goals. We were had Celtic pinned back in their own half and we pulled a goal back when Jack Slattery’s shot was parried into the path of Justin who made no mistake with his emphatic finish. Out lads grew in confidence with that goal and at for goals to two we were in control of the game. We got a corner which Jack Slattery put in and it show how made it’s way through a host of bodies and Ryan McMahon made no mistake when a cool finish. The lads now were only a goal behind at four – three. We threw caution to the wind and pushed hard for the equaliser but to no avail. Celtic put the game to bed with two late goals to leave the final score at six -three.
All Credit to the team for a great performance regardless of the score line.
Best on the day were Jack Slattery, Andrew Kerins and Seamus Kelly with Man of the match going to Justin O’Sullivan.
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)