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Our academy for ages 5 to 10 years continues every Saturday . All our coaches are fully qualified so your child is guaranteed the very best of Coaching .Proof of this is that our academy has been running since 2006 and over 100 kids attend every Saturday. The U6’s , U7’s and U8’s will be from 1.00pm- 2.15pm and this will be followed by the U9’s and U10’s from 2.45pm-4.15pm .

Please insure that you bring Shin pads, water, jackets etc. All parents are welcome to watch the whole session or arrive a little early to see how much fun their child is having. If you would like to get involved yourself in any way, just ask one of our coaches for assistance on how to do this. For any questions or comments please email .


Our Club website is available on . All the latest club information can be found here . All coaches are asked to submit match reports and squad photos as soon as they can after matches so that they can be posted on the site. We can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter @_ParkFc.

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, behavioural 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.”


(Senior) Premier A ; Park Fc 1-0 Killarney Celtic

There no place like Christy Leahy Park on a lovely sunny Sunday morning as it was today for the visit of Killarney Celtic. Both teams were cancelling each other out with us slightly shading possession in the 1st 10 mins. Then the game burst into life in the 14th min when Fergal Maunsell hit shot that looked to be heading in to the top corner but the Celtic keeper made a good save To turn it over the bar. From the resulting corner Boysie headed over. Celtic then got in behind our backline only for Conor Hurley to save smartly with his feet.

The goal came in the 17 min when a long ball over the top forced the Celtic keeper out of his area and his clearance when straight to Ferdia o Brien who had the composure to take the ball and play 1-2 with Boysie and then stroke his 20 yard shot past the diving keeper. His first senior goal ,the first of many no doubt. The game evened off again but we had a couple of good chances for Maunsell who blazed wide to the left on the 30th min and In the 36th min Ferdia had a chance to double his tally but his shot just flashed inches wide with the keeper beaten. 1-0 half time.

We began the second half on the front foot and should have put in a second when Michael Conway picked the ball up on the left went past 2 player squared the ball with david Courtney Ferdia and David McLoughlin one should have put the ball in the net but no 1 took charge and the ball was blazed over by Fonz. Courtney raced clear in the 86min with Maunsell in support he went in 1v1 with the keeper only for the keeper to come out on top on this occasion. In the 89min Celtic had a free kick on the on the right had side of the box it was a perfectly executed free that looked destined for the top corner but young Conor Hurley made a great save high to his right to keep the score line at 1-0. Well done to Ferdia who was the match winner and Conor who kept a clean sheet
Best on the day was everyone for the hard work and resilience they showed today. Man of the match was Ferdia o Brien .

(Youth) League ; CS Abbeydorney 0-6 Park Fc 

We moved to the top of the division with a very comfortable win on Saturday afternoon against CS Abbeydorney in Mounthawk Park and picked up another clean sheet along the way . Ryan Dolan was the man of the match with a hat trick in a 21 minute spell from the seventh minute to the 28th minute . Gareth Hickey Brosnan scored his first goal for the club and I’m sure their will be plenty more when he rounded the keeper to slot the ball home just after the half hour mark .

The second half only lasted 25 minutes when the referee blew the final whistle with our opponents being overrun all over the pitch and were finding the going tough with only ten players . Gearoid Savage powerfully headed home to make it five nil before Gareth Hickey Brosnan grab his second to finish the scoring . Team ; Conor Hurley , Aaron o Keefe , Jamie Clifford, Tommy Lynch , Sean Dukes , Dwyer Tobin , Paddy Collins, Emanuel Abubakar , Ryan Dolan , Fergal Ryan , Gareth Hickey Brosnan . Sub Used , Gearoid Savage .

(U17) League : Park 6-3 Inter Kenmare

Played on Saturday last in Christy Leahy Park, this was a top of the table clash with both teams locked on 13 points before kick-off. It promised to be a severe test for the Tralee lads even though they had overcome their South Kerry opponents 1-0 in the reverse fixture a few weeks ago. However, this time there could be no excuses, with the pitch in excellent shape and on a good day for football. Park started with Patrick Kearney returning from injury in goals, with the central defensive unit of Kevan Foley, Gavin Wadding and Sean Tansley giving them a solid look at the back. They got great support from Tomás Leen and Ronan Duggan, both of whom also raided down the flanks at every opportunity. The home side had skipper, Gary Howard anchoring the midfield, partnered by Rory Kelly and Shane McGinley, while John O’Brien was the attacking spearhead, with namesake Donagh O’Brien in close support.

Park took the game to Inter from the outset and the benefit of great attendances and hard work at training sessions in recent weeks became apparent as the home side’s passing game began to test Kenmare’s defensive shape. The breakthrough came on 14 minutes when from a free kick on Inter’s left flank, Howard picked out Kelly who eluded the defence and steered the ball home.

Five minutes later, Park doubled their advantage when John O’Brien picked up the ball on Inter’s right side and with the defence backing off, the striker steered his shot into the bottom corner. Park were dominant now and almost made it 3-0 when John O’Brien picked out Donagh O’Brien who killed the ball with a superb first touch and beat the keeper with a shot that agonisingly clipped the inside of the post and was scrambled away. Gavin Wadding could also have added to the tally but his fine long distance shot went just past the post with the surprised keeper scrambling across his goal-line.

Then, against the run of play, Kenmare broke through the centre of Park’s defence only for Kearney to make a magnificent save in a 1v1 confrontation with their striker. Kenmare continued to rally though and were particularly prominent from set-pieces, especially throw-ins and Park were dealt a hammer blow right on half-time when Kenmare took a quick throw that caught the Park defence flat-footed and the resultant cross was turned in at the far post to leave the scoreline at Park 2 Kenmare 1 at the interval.

It was now clear that the remainder of the match would tell a lot about the spirit in this Park side and the strength of their character. On the resumption, Inter piled forward and created several chances, the best of which saw their striker head over the crossbar when unmarked in the six-yard box. Park responded by introducing Conor Hurley into midfield and they regained the initiative 10 minutes in when John O’Brien again careered into the penalty area and surprised the keeper with a left foot shot that crept in at the near post to make it 3-1.

Park piled forward now and Kelly drove goalwards and forced a fine save from the Keeper with a super drive. Then, Park raided down the right flank and worked the ball inside to Howard and from 20 yards, the Liverpool supporter – wearing number 8 – produced a screaming Steven Gerrard-like finish into the bottom corner that no goalkeeper was going to save.

The South Kerry lads never gave up though and soon reduced the deficit to 4-2 with a looping shot that deceived Kearney and went in off the butt of the post. The stage was set for another comeback but with Darcy O’Sullivan growing into the game, Foley and Wadding tackling tigerishly, Tansley coolness personified and Leen having another super game, the Park’s defence held firm. The home side regained control of the game when they counter-attacked and Donagh O’Brien played John O’Brien through and the striker made no mistake to claim a deserved hat-trick.

Park then introduced Aaron Shanahan into the attack to stretch the tired Kenmare legs and the move paid dividends when Howard came forward again and his high drive proved too hot to handle for Inter’s keeper who could only help it along it’s way into the net. At 6-2 down, there was no way back for the Kenmare lads but they still managed a consolation goal from a free-kick just before the finish.

So, Park begin 2015 as table-toppers, sharing the lead with Castleisland, but with a better goal difference and one game less played. Their fate rests in their own hands. Park: Kearney, Leen, Duggan, Tansley, Wadding, Foley, McGinley , Howard, Donagh O’Brien, John O’Brien, Kelly, O’Sullivan, Shanahan, Hurley, Ciaran Killeen, Cian Holden.

Saturday 10th January 2015
U12 Premier
Camp A v Park A 10.30am .
U12 Div.2
Park C v Killarney Celtic C 10.30am .
Park B v Asdee 10.30am .
U14 Premier
Killorglin A v Park A 12.00pm .
U14 Div.2
Park B v Listowel C 12.00pm .
U14 Girls Premier
Park FC v Killarney Athletic 11.30am .
U16 Div.1
Park A v Camp 12.00pm .
U16 Div.2
Killarney Celtic B v Park B 11.45pm .
Youth League
Park Fc v CS Abbeydorney 2.30pm .
Sunday 11th January 2015
Premier A
Camp United v Park Fc 2.30pm
Division 1A
Castlemaine United v Park Fc 11.30pm

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