In what was a very hard fought match we move into the open draw of the Munster Junior Cup. The conditions really didn’t suit the kind off football we like to play. After a very uneventful opening 30 minutes we took the lead when Wayne Conway headed home from close range. The lead only lasted 10 minutes when a cross was dropped by our keeper who seemed to be pushed but not spotted by the referee and tap home to the empty goals.
The second half was very poor from both sides with little being created. Castleisland seemed to adapt to the poor surface conditions better. The only major incident in the second half was when both teams were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes left in the match with Martin Bowler sent off for us. The remainder of the half elapsed with out either keeper having a save to make.
Into extra time and we were reduced to nine after Paudi Bailey received his second yellow card.We didn’t create much but credit must be given to the 9 players for giving their all. And so to penalties it went.
Castleisland went first and scored despite Tommy Moriarty getting a hand to it. Wayne Conway made it 1-1 with a well taken Penalty. Then Tommy saved for us when he dive correctly to his right. David Conway the Cooley made it 2-1. Tommy again save Castlesland’s third only for the assistant referee to wave his flag for Tommy coming off his line. So the penalty was re-taken and Tommy made a fantastic save to the left top corner . Adrian Quirke then scored to make it 3-1. Castle island scored their next 3-2. Pa McCarthy then had the chance to win it only to see his shot hit the crossbar. Castleisand’s final penalty hit the crossbar to send the Park Players into great celebrations. Adrian Quirke collected the cup from John O Regan from the Kerry District League.
Team; Tommy Moriarty, Martin Bowler, Adrian Quirke, Con Barrett, Pauidi Bailey, Stephen o Sullivan, David Conway, Wayne Conway, Fergal Maunsell, Mark O Sullivan, Pa McCarthy. Subs, David Clifford for Stephen o Sullivan, David Courtney for Mark o Sullivan, David Doyle, Gramham o Leary, David Mcloughlin,.