St Brendans Park FC Club News 17/11/14

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Slí Eile Play Therapy – Our website sponsor 

We are proud to announce Slí Eile Play Therapy as our new website sponsor. Slí Eile Play Therapy are based in Manor, Tralee (next to Wadding’s Butchers) and assist children who may need help in dealing with emotional, behavioral and/or psychological difficulties. 

Slí Eile also provide parental guidance and support. Owner and Play therapist of Slí Eile Laura O’ Carroll felt that St Brendan’s Park FC and Slí Eile were an ideal fit as “The Park provide a very healthy environment for children to develop sports wise and socially and our aim is also to help children develop and deal with issues on a more personal level.”

(Youths) League ; Park Fc 3-0 Listowel Celtic

We got back to winning ways today and stayed joint top of the table after a home win over Listowel Celtic . This was a great result when you must consider that 9 of the starting eleven are Under 17 this season . We started the brighter and could have been ahead from a Dwyer Tobin effort only for a great reaction save from the Listowel Keeper .

The remainder of the first half saw up dominate the possession stakes without creating any clear chances on goal . Listowel had a few half chances on goal but stand in keeper Tommy Lynch held onto everything that came his way . The second half was on three minutes old when Alberto Anticoli fired a low shot from the corner of the box into the far corner of the net for  great opening goal.

Listowel could have been level midway through the half only for a point blank save from Tommy Lynch . As the half wore on we had numerous chances to put the game to bed but Fergal Ryan , Emanuel Abubakar and Ryan Dolan were all of target.

The killer goal finally came in the 86th minute after good build up work from Paddy Collins and Ryan Dolan saw Fergal Ryan find the net and minutes later he rounded of a good performance with a well taken solo goal.

Best for us were Ferdia o Brien , Darcy o Sullivan , Tommy Lynch ,Gearoid Savage, Aaron o Keefe and Alberto Anticoli . Man of the match Nathan o Leary . Team ; Tommy Lynch, Aaron o Keefe, Darcy o Sullivan, Gearoid Savage, Ferdia o Brien, Nathan o Leary, Emmanuel Abubakar, Paddy Collins, Alberto Anticoli , Dwyer Tobin, Fergal Ryan. Subs used: Ryan Dolan, Gary Howard, Tomas Leen, Not  used Conor Hurley and John Carroll . Special thanks to Ger o Brien and Jack Moriarty for helping us out with their U17 players today when we were short from our own squad .

(U15) SFAI Cup ; Nenagh Afc 3-1 Park Fc

One of those games and one of those days where you are not sure where the match report should go. With the first 10 minutes of such total domination that we should have been 4-0 up? With the fine performance of the Nenagh boys even when under huge pressure from Park? Or with the ref?  We won’t go too far with the ref, other than to question the wisdom of having a local referee managing a National Cup game.

This ref was as poor as they come to say the least. Park started brilliantly, playing outstanding football, inspired by Thomas Burke, Dylan Casey and Michael Slattery. Inside the first 9 nine minutes we had hit the post twice, missed a headed opportunity from a foot out and put ourselves one up through the brilliance of Burke, Slattery and a superb headed finish from Niall Sertutxa.

Straight from the resultant kick off Nenagh attacked and when the ball went a yard wide our boys switched off. The Nenagh lads kept playing and put the ball in the net much to the bemusement of the Park defence. Bemusement turned to astonishment when the local ref allowed the goal.Unfortunately we allowed this, and subsequent decisions, to upset out rhythm and the Nenagh lads exploited this to the full.

We dropped our intensity levels and Nenagh dominated in Midfield and overall played better football. We were giving the ball away too easily and our energy levels were not at our usual levels. When we lost the ball in midfield near the end of the first half the Nenagh boys took the chance with ruthless efficiency and went in 2-1 up at the break.

A few personnel and positional changes at half time helped us gain control of the game again although Nenagh continued to threaten on the break. Indeed but for some excellent saves by Gearoid Fitzgerald we might have been out of the game earlier than we were. Sean Carmody and James Rusk were now in midfield and competing strongly but, truth be told, we created very little to worry the Nenagh keeper.

Dylan Casey and Dan Goggin worked their socks off but even then we couldn’t trouble a well organised Nenagh defence. Nenagh got their final goal on the break with the last kick of the game. It was an excellent example of unselfish team play and ruthless finishing. We tried our best, no doubt about that. But we lost our focus and ended up looking like a far poorer team than we are.

Time to reflect now and take lessons from this that will stand to the boys and their managers into the future. They are an excellent bunch of young men who have the ability and, we hope, the resolve to go on and win county honours during the coming months. Obviously outstanding teams like League favourites Listowel and Killarney Celtic, our local rivals Dynamos with some great players, and newcomers Mastergeeha will ask us plenty of tough questions but today’s lesson should stand us in good stead.

Thanks to the parents who traveled on the bus with us and others who made the game on their own steam. Thanks also to Nenagh AFC who provided us with excellent facilities and food and were gentle on us in defeat. Best of luck to them in the rest of the competition.

TrainingTuesday night at 7.40pm. Park panel: Gearoid Fitzgerald, James Rusk, Sean Carmody, Matt Lukco, Dylan Casey, Adam Ward, Dan Goggin, Michael O’Gara, Kevin Browne, Thomas Burke, Conor Higgins, Raul Vnczel, Niall Sertutxa, Jake Deering, Michael Slattery.

(U13) SFAI Cup 3rd Round: Park Fc 5 – 0 BT Harps
The Park 13’s welcomed the North Tipp. Champions Bt Harps to Christy Leahy Park yesterday in the 3rd Round of the National Cup, the park lads were hoping to prolong their Cup journey by progressing to the Round 32 Open Draw and by God they done it in emphatic style with an an impressive win over a technically good side in BT Harps.
The park lads started fast as they did in previous games, Junior, Kevin and Colin in centre midfield were controling possession and with Nathan & mervin pace on the wings started to unlock the Harps defence creating a few great chances within the 1st 10min  period  for Sean upfront, and should have been a couple of goals to the good. The visitors played a simillar pass and move style with some good technical players in particular their No 9 & 10 who made it hard work for the park back four in the early exchanges and could easily have been the first to score.
The park lads got the tonic they needed on the 13th min mark when a simple ball out from left full back Rhys found mervin on the left, a good run down the wing mervin swung the ball into Sean in the box who clinically finished to the left corner 1-0 up, The park were now dominating in the middle third thru great creative play from Junior, Kevin and Mervin, defensively they were solid in all areas with Tide and Cian snuffing out any opportunities coming thru the centre, both full backs Darra & Rhys providing the cover, mopping up any loose ball.
The park’s pressure was rewarded on the 22nd minute when a cross from Mervin across the box fell to Nathan who controled the ball and showed great composure laying the ball back to Darra outside the box on the right, one touch, strike, Goal, what a finish!! 2-0 to the park. 5 mins later and Mervin was the provider angain this time from the right with an outswinging  ball Colin gambled with a run from left wing to the back post, tapping the ball to the net 3-0. and 3 mins later Sean made it 4-0 with a fine individual goal breaking thru a crowd of 4 players to side foot past the keeper, 4-0 at the break.
The park remained in command and controlled possesion of the ball in all sectors but failed to penetrate, Conor came in for Mervin upfront to freshen things up and battled hard creating opportunities, it wasnt til the 45th minute before the park scored again and what a finish from Colin, another fine delivery from a corner kick by Kevin, colin rose nearly his own height and a bullet of a header to the top corner 5-0 to the Park.
Bt harps came into the game creating chances of their own but the park were resilient in defence and with Gavin in goals keen to keep a clean sheet, any danger was dealt with in commanding fashion. Further changes were needed as the Park midfield tired with Liam coming in on the right for Nathan, Greg on the left for Colin and Jordan in centre for Kevin, this injected a bit more life into the game and Park created a few more chances thru greg and conor but failed to convert. Final whistle 5-0 to the park.
Well done to the lads,a solid squad performance in which we showed great composure thru out the pitch. Fair play to the BT Harps management team who were gracious in defeat saying “That’s how the game should be played” nice comments from a sporting side, we wish BT Harps success in their domestic league campaign. The lads now progress into the Round 32 open draw to be made in December, lets hope it’s a kind one!!!
Players of Note: Kevin, Tide, Mervin, Sean, Colin & Rhys .
Man of the Match: 
Junior Ankomah: Superb distribution in central midfield coupled with an outstanding defensive display, ferocity in the tackle which broke the spirit of the opponents .
Squad on the Day: Gavin Doody, Cian Purcell, Darragh Moriarty, Kevin Goulding, Rhys Keane, Junior Ankomah, Colin Walsh,  Mervyn Shalemba, , Nathan Gleeson, Liam Tobin, Sean McGrath, Greg Scanlon, Conor O’ Sullivan, Tide Osinubi, Eoin Higgins, Jordan Mason, Nathan Holden. Note: New winter training times Mondays & Fridays 7 – 8pm.FIXTURES ;
Saturday 22nd November 2014
U12 Premier
Killorglin A v Park A   10.30am .
U12 Div.2
Killarney Celtic C v Park C  10.30am .
Asdee v Park B    10.30am .
U14 Premier 
Tralee Dynamos v Park A  12.00pm .
U14 Div.2
Park B v Listowel B   12.00pm .
U16 Div.1
Killarney Athletic v Park A  12.30pm .
U16 Div.2
Park B v Iveragh   12.30pm .

U17 League
Park v Iveragh  3.00pm .
Sunday 23rd November
Oscar Traynor Cup
Kerry DL  v  Cork Aul   2.30pm
Denny Div 1A
Park B  v  Castlemaine Utd   11.30am .

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