This was an exciting game in damp but otherwise perfect conditions. The game started off well for us and we dominated the early stages. Against the run of play Mastergeeha took the lead when one of their players spotted our keeper was off his line and chipped the ball over him to go 1-0 up.
We fought back with great determination and Jake Deering made a great run down the wing to put a super cross into Alfie who put it into the back of the net to bring us deservedly level at 1-1.
Our confidence was starting to build and with another devastating run down the wing Jake was unlucky to hit the side netting. As we battled on the midfield 2 were linking up well together and Alfie passed a ball through to Jake who ran down the wing and put a lovely ball into Mark Regan who with his left foot put the ball in the back of the net past the oncoming keeper to make it 2-1.
Our third goal came from a shot from the halfway line from Poga which bounced perfectly in the wet conditions in front of the keeper and went into the net making it 3-1 the Park.
Due to the pace of the game, our player’s were getting tired, but still battled on as Mastergeeha fought back with two goals to bring the score level at 3-3. We kept our heads high as Mastergeeha came back strongly but our defenders showed real strength of characters with our backs Raul, Poga and Darragh keeping them out with the help of several great saves from our keeper Diarmuid who was truly inspirational.
It could have been a different story towards the end of the game when Mark Regan was unlucky from a quality Park corner as his powerful header went just over the bar.
Well played to all the players and the subs for their participation in the game and their support of the team. This draw gives us our first point of the season, although we did not get the win today the management of Mathew, Dave and Jim were pleased with the performance of the whole team today and can see the steady improvement from them as the season progresses.
The man of the match today was goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy.
Report by Jim O’Driscoll