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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 3-4 Listowel Celtic ,

Listowel went ahead on 7 minutes when Mark o Sullivan passed it straight across the box to Brian Murphy and he tapped it in. We missed a penalty through David Magee before Sean Dukes scored a minute to go in the half.

Listowel got a penalty when Mark o Sullivan clattered into some one in the box. Paudie Quinn had it save from James Kelly with a good save low to his right. Then from the resulting corner we broke and Gearoid Savage hit the post and James o Sullivan smashed it in that was our two full back hitting them on the break.

From 2-1 they went up 4-2 with all goals coming from set plays .Fergal Maunsell pulled it back to 4-3 and we nearly equalised when a Maunsell corner was cleared off the line but it wasn’t to be.

All in all when you combine sloppy defending and missed chances you are putting yourself at a serious disadvantage. Team ; Jamie Kelly , James o Sullivan , Gearoid Savage , David Magee , Mark o Sullivan , Graham o Leary , Sean Dukes , David Rodgers , Fergal Maunsell , Michael Conway , Jesse o Sullivan . Subs Used David Courtney , Ferdia o Brien .

(Youths) FAI Youth Cup ; Granagh Utd 2-3 Park Fc ,

We advance to the last 16 of the FAI Youth Cup after a tough win away against Granagh United in Askeaton.

After having the worst possible start in which we conceded after 15 seconds we regrouped and slowly began to do dominate the possession . We were back level after 13 minutes when a great run on the left wing by Ryan Dolan saw his shot across the face of the goals parried out by the keeper where Gareth Hickey Brosnan reacted quickest to drill the ball home . From here on we had the better chance to take the lead . Paddy Collins saw his well hit drive from distance brilliantly saved as it looked destined for the top corner .

Gareth Hickey Brosnan was next to go close but his shot was again saved by the keeper which he finger tipped over the bar . Ferdia o Brien finally beat the keeper just before the break but saw his shot hit the bottom of the post before being cleared to safety .

The second half saw us again on top of the possession stakes with the home side looking to hit us on the counter attack who were using their fast paced players very effectively . We took the lead after 67 minutes when after a good passage of possession Paddy Collins curled the ball into the far top corner from out side the penalty area giving the keeper no chance .

Our lead didn’t last long and it was level within four minutes after we lost the ball around midfield with too many players looking to get forward and we were caught on the counter attack and the tall Granagh striker made no mistake with an excellent finish .

The remainder of the game was very nervy with neither side wanting to lose it but he best chance fell to Sean Dukes whose volley from six yards out cannoned back of the crossbar . So to extra time the game went and neither side created any clear chances in the opening ten minutes . But in injury time the Granagh keeper went to throw the ball out but it slipped from his grasped , he dived onto the ball just outside the penalty area when the referee awarded a direct free kick . Ferdia o Brien stepped up and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner to give us the lead at the break .

The second half saw Granagh throw everything at us but we controlled the game and out shape to see out the game . Granagh did have one final chance in the last minute when they sent a long free kick into the box which they flicked towards goal but Conor Hurley reacted quickly to save and see us into the next round .

Man of the Match was Gareth Hickey Brosnan who never stopped going for the 110 minutes of the game helping out all over the pitch when he was needed .

Team; Conor Hurley , Aaron o Keefe , Segun Duyile , Jamie Clifford , Tommy Lynch , Ryan Dolan , Paddy Collins , Emmanuel Abubakar , Ferdia o Brien , Sean Dukes , Gareth Hickey Brosnan .

(U15) Premier ; Park A 4-0 Listowel Celtic A,

A fine performance from our lads saw them go back to the top of the table with a good win over a strong Listowel Celtic side.

Listowel were missing some important players and were unlucky to end up losing by four but there was no questioning the quality of the Park performance. Park started well and some of the passing and movement was a joy to watch. Michael O’Gara was playing superbly on the right wing while on the opposite side Dan Goggin was causing Celtic plenty of problems.

Although Park pretty much owned the ball for the first 15 minutes they just couldn’t make it count and Listowel were looking dangerous on the break. However after forcing their third corner in the 18th minute James Rusk delivered a superb cross to the head of Seán Carmody for the opener. Listowel continued to work hard but the Park back four were outstanding and Michael Slattery was having a fine game along side Seán Carmody in the middle.

Upfront the hardworking duo of Robin McCarthy and Niall Sertutxa were pressing for scores but just couldn’t get that second goal. Right on the stroke of half time it came. Sean Carmody put an unstoppable left foot drive past the Listowel keeper from the edge of the box following excellent work by Dan Goggin and Niall Sertutxa. Two nil at half time was probably a fair reflection of how the game had gone. Niall Sertutxa more or less put the game to bed with a fine goal two minutes into the second half.

Great build up play from Dylan Casey, Adam Ward and Dan Goggin set Michael Slattery free on the left wing and his fine cross was finished off by the inrushing Sertutxa. Listowel to their credit never gave up but they were caught on the break when Adam Ward cleared a cross to Dan Goggin who in turn fed Robin McCarthy. McCarthy in his first game for some time showed outstanding footwork to set up Niall Sertutxa for his second and Park’s fourth. Dylan Casey had an earlier score unluckily ruled out side this score was deserved.

Thomas Burke made a fine debut in goals and handled anything that came his way with confidence and assurance which was just as well as Celtic really pressed hard for a score in the final quarter. Matt Lukco’s head repeatedly repelled Listowel corners during that spell in what was his best game of the year to date.

Raul Vnczel, Gearoid Fitzgerald and Jake Deering all came on and did well. An impressive performance but a long way to go yet in this league.

Panel, Thomas Burke, James Rusk, Matt Lukco, Dylan Casey, Adam Ward, Seán Carmody, Michael O’Gara, Michael Slattery, Dan Goggin, Robin McCarthy, Niall Sertutxa, Raul Vnczel, Jake Deering and Gearoid Fitzgerald. Kevin and Jakub were missing. Training Tuesday night at 7.40pm . Thanks to Liam Goggin for his help and to our supporters who braved the elements.

(U15) Div 1; Killarney Athletic 1-2 Park B

The game got underway in Killarney with the Park making a quick dash on goal a nice ball slipped through from Conor Higgins to Conor Morrison who put it in the net but the referee blew offside , this was a good start to build our confidence on the back of our recent defeats .Park kept up the pressure with attack after attack a shot by David going just wide of the goal, and a nice back heel flick from Shane to Conor which was put out for a corner.

Killarney came close to scoring from a free kick which was headed wide. Then with another attack saw Jack make a brilliant clearance of the goal line to deny them from taking the lead. Dylan has to reach at full stretch to parry the ball out for a corner. Another attack on the Killarney goal sees Conor M bring the ball forward and slip it through to Aaron whose shot slots into the left hand corner of the net past the keeper 0-1 Park on 33 minutes.

Park were taking control of the game with their defence Jack, James ,Edward and David clearing everything that came their way. Second half gets under way a free kick from James goes into the box but unluckily hits Conor on the knee and goes wide .Park are playing some nice football now and keep control of the game Nemanja runs down the wing with the ball runs across and puts the ball into box and David heads into the net but referee says the ball had gone out over end line.

The game flowed from end to end and then with a ball crossed over from the wing into the box saw Killarney put it in the back of the net 1-1. with time starting to run out it looked like a draw was on the cards but Park dug deep and with a final burst from Nemanja who slipped the ball through to Conor in the box who then twisted and turned before passing the ball to John who slipped it past the keeper to make the final score 1-2 Park.

This was a great result for us against a strong Killarney A team and a great performance by all the team who gave 100% .Team. Dylan, Jack, James, Shane, Josh, Dean, Mike, David, Darragh, John, Conor Higgins, Edward, Conor Morrison, Nemanja, Aaron …… M.O.M Jack O’ Donoghue.

(U11) Group 1 ; Park Fc A 1-4 Kilorglin Afc A 
A very cold crisp afternoon in Killorglin was the setting for our first game after almost a month off from games. The break seemed to tell as the Park were slow out of the blocks against a very determined and hungry Killorglin A side who seemed first to every ball in the early stages of the game. This seemed to throw the Park players off their stride as they are normally the team setting the pace of play but not on this occasion.

We started the half with Liam in goal with a back four consisting of Darragh, Jack, Edward and Fiachra. In midfield we had Danny, Josh and Cianan trying really hard to get a foothold in the game with Colin up front. It was no real surprise when the first goal of the game went the way of the home side. After some sustained pressure from Killorglin the ball broke to one of their midfielders on the edge of the box and he struck a piledriver to the roof of the net. Killorglin 1 – Park 0. This seemed to shake some of the cobwebs off and we started to play some better football.

With Killorglin playing really deep and their goalkeeper in fine form it was proving difficult to get the equaliser with Colin coming close and Cianan just failing to get a touch on a ball across the box. Midway through the half Sean, David, Conor, Ben, Michael and Fionan were introduced. The effect was that we started to win some more of the 50-50 challenges in all areas of the field. While this didn’t result in a goal, we were definitely working our way back into the game. HT: Killorglin A 1 – Park A 0. The second half started with Cian replacing Liam in goal.

Adam and Cillian also came on early in the second half. For most of the half it was pretty even with neither side able to gain an upper hand. Park had lots of possession but Killorglin with plenty of bodies behind the ball were able to get a block or a body in the way of any attempts on goal. Even with this possession we looked vulnerable to the counter attack and on one of these Killorglin scored. At 2 – 0 we were now chasing the game and while pushing numbers forward we got caught twice more.

The last action of the game saw Edward score his first of the season in what proved to be a consolation goal for the team. FT: Killorglin A 4 – Park A 1. While the scoreline flattered the home side somewhat the Park lads will know that they can and have played much better than that in their other games this season. As the primary purpose is learning the game it is important to remember you often learn more from a defeat than from a victory and we know that this will be the case here also.

We expect a huge effort over the next couple of weeks of training starting again on Wednesdaywhich will get us back to the level of performance that we know that the lads are capable off. It was great to see at the final whistle that all the players were as gracious in defeat as they have been modest in victory. Well done.

Saturday 24th January 2015
U12 Div.2
Park B v Park C 10.30am .
U14 Premier
Killarney Athletic v Park A 11.45am .
U14 Div.2
Tralee Dynamos B v Park B 10.30am .
U16 Div.1
Inter Kenmare v Park A 12.45pm .
U17 League
Park Fc v Castleisland 2.30pm
Sunday 25th January
Denny Div 1A
Park B v CSKA Tralee 11.30am .
U14 Girls Premier
Park FC v Mastergeeha 2.00pm .

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