Our boys played their latest league game against Killarney Celtic in Tralee IT on Saturday 18th January. After coming from 4 down against Listowel Celtic in their previous game Park were anxious to get a good start against Killarney. Nerves played a part as both teams struggled to hold onto the ball and chances were at a premium. One of those chances fell to Robin McCarthy on 32mins, following a through ball from Sean Carmody. From all of 35 yards out, Robin put the ball over the Killarney keeper for a fabulous opening goal. At halftime Park deserved their one goal lead. They started the second half playing some lovely football and should have been further ahead when Killarney struck for an equaliser after 19 minutes. A setback, but one that the lads dealt with as only they can. From the kickoff Park forced a corner and when Killarney failed to clear, James Rusk, who was only on the field for 10 minutes, drove an unstoppable shot to the bottom corner of the Celtic net. Within 2 minutes it was 3-1. Park won a free kick on the right hand side of the Killarney box. Up stepped Michael Slattery with a peach of a free kick that the Killarney custodian was unable to keep out despite getting his hands to the ball. Game over? Not so. Park had a nervous last five minutes when Killarney got their second from a well taken volley inside the box. Calm heads and good defense prevailed with Park deservedly running out the 3-2 winners of a hard fought game. With our main rivals cancelling each other out in their game, any further slip ups by the leaders could put us right back in the mix. Panel on the day was Shane Jordan, John Ward, Dylan Casey, Matt Lukco, Sean Carmody, Conor Higgins, Michael O’Gara, Niall Sertuxta, Robin McCarthy, Michael Slattery, Josh Wadding, Gearoid Fitzgerald, James Rusk and Alphie Christie. We want to wish a speedy recovery to the lads who couldn’t play today due to injury and sickness. Thanks to the parents and friends who came along to support the boys. Training on Monday’s at 7.30pm and Friday’s at 6pm.
Report by P.Carmody