The penultimate match of the season for the Park lads in which they faced their nearby neighbours Fenit Samphires. In their last meeting earlier in the league the Park beat the Fenit lads on their home turf and Fenit were determined to get revenge.
The Park lads on the other hand were pumped up and determined to end their losing streak. The Park started brightly passing and moving the ball well in all quarters of the pitch especially down the left through Eoin, Kiwi and Ed.
With 5 mins gone the Park struck their first goal from the left hand side, a nice one two between Kiwi and Ed allowed Kiwi to send a floating ball across the goal, Jack Lynch took the ball down and smashed to the left of the Fenit keeper.
The Park lads were full of confidence and were piling on the pressure but were lucky not to conceed a goal from Fenit’s long range shots which struck the bar and shaved the post.
It proved to be a sucessfull tactic, as the visitors struck on the 12th minute mark through a long ball over the head of the Park keeper.
The Park kept the pressure on and were rewarded 8 mins later from a sublime long pass from Dylan O Sullivan to James Lawlor and with a great ball over the top for Ed Moynihan to tap in for a true goal poachers finish.
This was just what the doctor ordered and it inspired the Park to play some terrific soccer passing the ball simillar to the great “Barcelona”. Kiwi Killeen was on fire with some great control, passing and penetrating runs beating player after player, time after time.
In the 2nd half, the Park lads continued to pile on the pressure looking for the insurance goal, and created some great chances in front of goal from Jack Lynch, Gearoid Dillane, Dylan O Sullivan and Kiwi Killeen.
Fenit tried hard to get the equaliser and struck the Park net for the second time with 10 mins to go, but it was ruled offside. The Park drove on from this and 2 minutes later Garey Carey struck the Fenit net from another penetrating move orchestrated by Kiwi on the left.
The final whistle seemed to take an eternity as the Park lads held out for a deserved 3-1 win over their neighbours. The players left the field to a rapturous applause from the home supporters which was a fine tribute for an excellent performance.
The Park lads are now gelling well together and it was great to see what was learnt in training be put into practice on the playing field.
Keep up the good work.
Players of Note: Jack Lynch, David Fitzmaurice, James Lawlor, Alan McElligot
Player of the Match: Ciaran “Kiwi” Killeen with superb passing and movement off the ball.
Squad on the day: Sean Collins, Jacob Lukco, David Fitzmaurice, Alan McElligot, Eoin Lynch, James Lawlor, Geariod Dillane, Ciaran Killeen, Jack Lynch, Dylan O’ Sullivan, Ed Moynihan, Gary Carey, Dean O’ Connell, Atim Abnoun, Ian Dillane
Reminder – Training at earlier time of 6 – 7.15 pm tomorrow at St Brendan’s Park Estate pitch