U12B Team Match Report

St. Brendan’s Park FC Under 12 Bs 2-1 Ballyhar

Soggy underfoot conditions from the relentless overnight rain greeted the two teams onto the pitch as battle commenced.

Park employed Finn in a central defensive position, behind speedy William, Trey and Odhran, with Adam plying his trade up front as the lone striker. From the off, William and Odhran skated down the flanks with ease creating early chances for Park.

The defensive line were relatively untroubled in the early stages with Sean Heaslip, Zach and Rory, mopping up any through balls in front of their calm goalkeeper Kevin.

Park peppered the Ballyhar goal with their keeper making some splendid saves until finally Finn drilled a low, curling shot into the corner giving Park the lead. Park rotated their squad, bringing on Killian, Rex, Eldion and Sean Whelan, all making an impact. But on a rare foray into Park’s half of the pitch, a shot from Ballyhar’s striker clipped the back of Killian’s arm and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Despite the best efforts of Kevin in goal, the penalty was expertly converted and the teams went in level at the break.

Paul gave an inspirational and motivational talk at half-time which spurred Park to greater heights as they crashed the ball against the post and thundered another shot against the crossbar. Trey was tripped inside the box and rose to take the penalty, but his shot struck the outside of the post and was cleared for a corner. It looked like it was going to be one of those days.

With moments remaining, man-of-the-match Finn, who had been outstanding with his defensive duties, burst forward and curled a wonderful shot into the top corner to deservedly win the match for Park on the balance of play.

Under 9 Report


We brought two U9 teams to Camp on Saturday where we enjoyed 4 fantastic matches against the host club.

The players have enjoyed their recent challenge matches and clearly all their hard work is paying off. Thanks to Camp Juniors for looking after us on the day and we look forward to meeting again in the new year.

Next Saturday is the final training session before Christmas so hopefully everyone can attend.

Youth Team match report

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

Under 15A Match Report

Under 15 Premier

Camp Juniors 2 : 1 St Brendan’s Park Fc U15A

Despite dominating long periods of the 2nd half, it was a below par first half performance that ultimately proved to be the our undoing at a very cold Mounthawk Park on Saturday afternoon.

Camp came flying out of the blocks from the kick off and did a lot of pressing for the opening twenty minutes, This forced us into a rear-guard action and they relied on some isolated counter attacks to get up the pitch. Camp were rewarded for their strong start and initiative when a speculative free kick found the top left hand corner of the Tralee sides net. The remainder of the half saw an improvement with a Ryan Guerin header coming close just before the break.

The 2nd half saw a much improved performance. Our lads started to string some lovely passing moves together from back to front and in particular got a stranglehold in midfield. However, a combination of some wayward finishing and stout Camp defending kept the 1 goal deficit. This deficit was doubled 15 minutes from time when the we were caught napping as an excellent Camp counterattack resulted in a neat finish after a sweeping move down the left. Our lads, as in Tulla the week before, refused to accept defeat and immediately were back on the front foot and received some reward when a long range strike from Shoun Kedzierski found the roof of the net. The last 10 minutes of the game were played in the oppositions half, but try as they did, the equaliser eluded us.

Final Score Camp Juniors 1, Park A 2.

Best of luck to the Camp team in both their upcoming SFAI Regionals qualifier and last 32 matches.

Under 16B Team match report

Our 16B team played out in a cold & winter CastleIsland on Saturday coming away with a 4 nil win after a much improved performance.
Michael Lally was a constant thorn in the CastleIsland defense scoring twice & hitting the crossbar with a header.
After a lovely cross from Robert Kerins, Mike powered past the two Centre backs to finish low into the bottom corner for his first on eight minutes. A minute later another cross from the excellent Jordan Mason was met by Mike & he rattled the crossbar  with his header with Luke Dennehy coolly firing the rebound into the net.
CastleIsland should have pulled one back a minute later but somehow hit the crossbar twice before Man of the Match Stephen Nix made a top class save to deny them.
Another lovely pass in between the two Centre backs had Mike Lally racing through on goal & despite a good old fashioned shoulder charge he managed to finish to the back of the net for our third. We should have added to our tally in the final twenty minutes of the half with Robert twice being denied by their keeper & Tide firing just wide.
Stephen was called on once again to make a fine 1 V 1 save before Mark Roche finished the game with our fourth after a pin point first time ball from TJ sent him in his way.
HT 4 – 0
Straight from the restart CastleIsland hit the post & only God knows how they didn’t pull at least one or two goals back in the second half with a combination of Stephen Nix saves & poor finishing keeping the score line the same.
For us both Mike & Robert had late chances but both times last gasp blocks saved the CastleIsland lads.
Kieran O Leary & Jordan Mason worked tirelessly in midfield, while Peter Dineen was composed clearing the danger area. As always Liam Magee tackled like his life depended on it & Ryan O Sullivan & Eoin McDonnell at fullback both gave the CastleIsland wingers no time on the ball.
Simon Moynihan, on the right wing, gave the fullback a busy day with his strong runs behind their defense & Darragh Mansfield was very unlucky not to score after a toe-poke deflected his goal bound shot.
A good team performance all round with our keeper getting the MotM for some exceptional saves.

Under 11(2007) MAtch Report


Two challenge games were played against Camp last Saturday. Special mention goes to Eugene Nguessan and Max Nosidlak on man of the match performances in centre mid and right back respectively. Also well done to Richard Casey on a very stready debut in goals. Thanks to the Camp players and mentors for providing us with two evenly matched games. The skills and sportsmanship on display by both sets of players was fantastic

Under 9(2009) Match Report

St Brendan’s Park FC u9s had a hectic schedule on Saturday as we traveled to Fenit to play against Fenit Samphires. Due to our squad size we took 20 players and left as many again at home as they prepare to face Camp Juniors next Saturday.

The 2 teams that went to Fenit played 2 matches against the hosts. We played the 7v7 format which worked very well. Both clubs enjoyed the afternoon. The players displayed great skill and determination in the 4 matches played on a cold December afternoon. The attitude from all players was exceptional and the players are a credit to themselves and their clubs. Many thanks to Fenit for inviting us out to play.

Meanwhile earlier on the same day the remainder of our u9 squad enjoyed a fantastic training session at Christy Leahy Park working on the 7v7 format. The players practiced well and will be in great shape for their trip to Camp next week. More matches will follow after Christmas and we all look forward to seeing this group of players continuing their hard work into 2018 and beyond.

Youth team Match Report

Denny U17 League
Ballyhar 1 v 4 Park FC
This was a very open and entertaining encounter with Park having the lions share of possession and Ballyhar working hard on counter attacks.
Parks David Oba was involved and provided the assist with three of the goals.Park went in at the break with a narrow lead two goals to one courtesy of Seb Vasiu and Colin Walsh.
The second half was a one sided affair with Parks Leon Shalemba scoring goal of the match with a thirty yards screamer and Jordan Barry finishing the scoring.
Best for Park;Nathan Holden – Jordan Barry – James Sheehan – Colin Walsh
Man of Match ; David Oba

Our U11A Squad

Our U11A who visited Camp Juniors on Saturday.

Two challenge games were played against Camp last Saturday. Special mention goes to Eugene Nguessan and Max Nosidlak on man of the match performances in centre mid and right back respectively. Also well done to Richard Casey on a very stready debut in goals. Thanks to the Camp players and mentors for providing us with two evenly matched games. The skills and sportsmanship on display by both sets of players was fantastic

4th Round Sketchers National Cup Under 13

St Brendans Park FC 2 – 0 Shelbourne AFC

The Park under 13 squad progressed to the last 32 in the National Cup after extra time against Shelobourne AFC of Limerick, the visit of Shelbourne provided a step up in class from the previous rounds and required the full squad to deliver a quality performance on the day.
The first half saw us dominate proceedings which stemmed from a very strong defensive performance by Sean McElligott, Ray McGrath and Obina Izehi. This provided Michael Tansley with a platform to run the match from midfield with a fine display of passing both short and long as well as switching the point of attack that caused the opposition huge problems. The selfless running of both fullbacks Luke Casey and Adam McDonagh meant that there was plenty of supply of ball to our two strikers Darragh Cunnane and Venis Jahiri as well as for the late runs into the box of Odhran Ferris and captain Callum O`Sullivan. Richard Healy’s performance in goals was assured which provided great confidence for the outfield players to go and preform. A comment after the match from the Shelbourne management team of ” there must have been a magnet in them goals” summed up the first half but unfortunately we just did not capitalize on this dominance.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with us having the lions share of the position. The second half also saw Shelbourne up their game and this provided a few chances for them which was dealt with by our keeper and defensive unit in a very professional manner. The second half saw the introduction of Cian O`Gara for Michael Tansley, Cian’s introduction was to cause different problems for Shelbourne with his direct running and hard tackling. Jamie O`Shea was introduced for Callum O’Sullivan. Callum at this point had as they say “emptied the tank” for the cause. Jamies work rate provide a lift to the team at this point in the game.With the clock ticking down Noah Townsend was brought in for Darragh Cunnane. Noah`s direct running at the opposition looked as if we could get a result in normal time but Shelbourne stood firm and seemed happy to see the game to extra time.

Extra time saw us break the dead lock, the runs been made in-behind the Shelbourne defense paid off as Noah Townsend’s pace saw him break free from the defensive attention he was getting from Shelbourne but as he bore down on their goal a late tackle from behind stopped him in his tracks on the edge of the box. The resulting free struck by Odhran Ferris gave the team a lead they fully deserved just before half time in extra time.

During the half time break some of the players talked of been in a similar situation last year and they collectively drew on this experience and resolved to see it out this time to the end, this shows a great maturity in lads so young.

Their resolve not alone saw them see the game out to the end but also seen Noah Townsend get our second goal of the game. This goal was well deserved for the team as they had worked tirelessly all day for each other.

Thanks to Shelbourne for been part of a very entertaining game for the supporters and we wish them well in their remaining league games.

To the team behind the team a big thank you for looking after our visitors, with sandwiches, teas, coffees and hot chocolates.

Squad on the day.
Richard Healy, Luke Casey, Darragh Cunnane, Odhran Ferris, Obina Izehi , Venis Jahiri, Adam McDonagh, Sean McElligott, Ray McGrath, Cian O’Gara, Jamie O’Shea, Callum O’Sullivan, Michael Tansley and Noah Townsend.

Man Of The Match; Sean McElligott