Park travelled to Killorglin for the fourth meeting of these sides this season to play the semi final of the John Joe Naughton Cup.
The cup is called after one of Park’s finest, who was known to rattle the net for fun, and if he was looking down today he would have been fairly impressed with the two clinical finishes that put Park in the final.
He would have however been a little uneasy early on. Killorglin stormed into the game and had Park on the back foot for most of the first half. They scored through a well worked move in the seventh minute and five minutes later it looked like they had a second but the ref had spotted an offside and Park breathed a sigh of relief.
They then began to play some ball themselves but were finding the tight pitch and longer grass difficult to deal with. But deal with it they did and during a trying first half the work rate from Hanafin, O’Connor, Kearney and O’Connell, Conor Kerins, Messiah Chirwa and Cianan Cooney was outstanding. Adam Wharton, David Feeley and Danny Jeffers were working their socks off but Killorglin were relentless.
They had another effort saved by Liam Carmody just before halftime but the Killorglin lads were worth their lead at the break.
The second half resumed with Park now playing with the elements and they started playing some scintillating soccer. Cianan Cooney was causing some bother for Killorglin on the left and he had a shot narrowly wide on eight minutes before being fouled a couple of minutes later. Colin Doody’s free kick was narrowly wide. Continue reading U13 John Joe Naughton Cup Semi Final ; Killorglin 1-2 Park Fc
At Mounthawk Park on Saturday it was the we opened the brightest in the John Murphy U12 Cup final but sadly we could not find that early breakthrough.
Midway through the first half we fell behind from a good Killorglin Fc attack. For the remainder fo the first half we tried hard to get level but the Killorglin keeper deined us on numerous occasions with one brilliat save to deny Jamie O’Shea.
Park keeper Richie Healy had to be alert early in the second half to keep us just a goal down . From here on we piled the pressure o and it finally told in the final tem minutes.
After forcing two corners Odhran Ferris was the quickest to react to the second corner following a great Crosby save and he made no mistake to levelled matters.
We then went in search of a a winner and Ray McGrath forced the Killorglin into another save before the decisive late late winner. McGrath’s perfectly hit corner was headed home by Darragh Cunnane with less than 3 minutes remaining to ensure the Park win the John Murphy Cup for 201617 . Man of the match was Obina Izahi .