This was the debut competitive game for the Park lads in the schoolboys league and maybe it had a bearing on the poor start they made to the match especially at the back.

In midfield and upfront though we were creating chances with Mervyn and Nathan close to scoring within the first 5 mins, the next 7 min period we were found wanting in the back line with Niall the only player to be able  to clear his lines and by the 12 min the park were 3 nil down with simple defensive errors, credit to Kilorglin they took their chances when they came.

U12 A team before their match
U12 A team before their match

Well done to our lads they showed great composure and character by getting back into the game, Nathan latched on to ball out from the back from Junior to take the ball all the way from half way and drill it past the keeper, a super individual goal, to make it 1- 3. It was all Park now and on the 25 min mark a fine passing movement out of the back from Niall to Rhys who took the ball down the right crossed brilliantly to Darragh who tucked the ball by the left corner post, 2-3.

Half time break and a few changes were made to the line up and the Park lads carried on as they did in the 1st half and within 10min the tie was level a nice cross from Liam on the left to Nathan who blasted into the right corner.

The park lads were well on top but failed to convert their lions share of chances, Killorglin on the other hand were clinical in front of goal and again through defensive errors two balls over the top and it was 3-5 to the visitors, credit to the lads they battled hard and got a goal back, a goal mouth scramble and Eoin was there to toe poke home with a couple of mins to go.

The final mins were frantic as the Park tried to salvage a point from the match and Andrew was nearly the hero as his his shot was cleared off the line after the goal keeper fumbled the ball.

It was a game we probably deserved at least a draw, we played some lovely pass and move football during most periods of the match. Great credit to the lads on battling back which showed great character. Well done!!

Squad on the Day: Gavin Doody, Junior Ankomah, Cian Purcell, Greg Scanlon, Niall Fitzmaurice, Richard O’ Gara, Colin Walsh, Mervyn Shalemba, Tide Uisinubi, Darragh Moriarty, Liam Tobin, Conor O’ Sullivan, Nathan Gleeson, Eoin Higgins, Rhys Keane, Andrew Sucaci.


Best on the Day: Rhys Keane, Richard O’ Gara, Nathan Gleeson, Colin Walsh


Man of the Match: Niall Fitzmaurice, tireless in defence, moved the ball well out from right back, great link up play with the midfield, super tackling.


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