St Brendan’s Park FC News

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By Club PRO, Tommy Naughton 

Park FC Club Team Of The Week ,
1. Sean Broderick U14A
2. Owen Healy U15B
3. Sean O’Connell U13A
4. Jordan Mason U15B
5. Shane Jordan U17
6. Cian O’Neill U13B
7. Odhran Ferris U13C
8. Padraig McCannon U16
9. Ryan McMahon U11
10. Adam Wharton U13A
11. Aaron Ward U17 .

Academy Players Born in 2008 & 2009

The Park FC  winter training sessions for boys and girls born in 2008 & 2009 resumed on Saturday January 14th.

Over 30 players  attended training on a cold showery morning which shows the great interest this dedicated and tough bunch of players have.

We will continue to train each Saturday on our Astro training pitch for the next few months from 11-50am to 1pm .

The full academy season is due to resume in March. Any parent that is not on our email list can contact the coaches at in order to receive updates on training or cancelled sessions etc.

Also players should wear warm clothing when training appropriate to the weather at this time of year.

Academy Players Born in 2007
Park Fc Training will resume for our U10 players (players born in 2007) on Saturday 4th of February from 10am-11.30am at Christy Leahy Park.
Any players who want to join for the 2017 season and want to be added to text alerts please contact David Slattery on 0872201042 .


Tuesday 10th January 2017
U14 Foundation Sports Premier
Camp Juniors 1-2 Park A .Thursday 12th January 2017
U16 Trophy World Premier
Killarney Celtic 0-2 Park A .

Saturday 14th January 2017
U13 Daly’s Supervalu Premier
Park A 7-0 Tralee Dynamos .
Park B 1-4 Killarney Athletic A .

U13 Daly’s Supervalu Div.3
LB Rovers 0-1 Park C .

U15 Killarney Plaza Premier
Park A 2-4 Tralee Dynamos .

U15 Killarney Plaza Div.1
Park B 1-4 Ballyhar Dynamos .

U15 Killarney Plaza U15 Div.2
Park C 2-8 Killarney Celtic B .

U17 League
Park Fc 4-0 Killorglin Fc .

Sunday 15th January 2017

Denny Premier A
Park Fc 0-3 Fenit Samphires .

(U13) Premier ; Park A 7-0 Tralee Dynamos ,

While it ended with a good win for the Park boys it wasn’t all plain sailing for them on a cold, wet winter’s day in the KDL.

Park enjoyed huge amounts of possession in both halves but they were only two up at half time due to the dogged resistance of the Dynamos lads.

Josh Connolly opened the scoring with a fine header and it looked like that would lead to plenty of more goals in the first half. However, Park had to settle for Colin Doody’s excellent long range effort as chance after chance went a begging.

Early second half goals from Adam Wharton and Sean O’Connor, both assisted by Cianan Cooney, effectively killed off the game. From then on it was mostly Park possession but the Dynamos lads kept trying. Adam Wharton again, Samuel Aladesanusi and Kieran O’Connor applied the finishing touches to what was a decent win in their first game back since the Christmas break.

On a footnote, congratulations to the KDL for their decision to continue with U-17 League of Ireland football for the coming season. Hopefully we will see many of the players who featured in this match donning their county colours at that level in a few years time.

Panel: Liam Carmody, Samuel Aladesanusi, Ben Hanafin, Kieran O’Connor, Jack Kearney, Sean Hill, Sean O’Connell, Josh Connolly, Conor Kerins, Danny Jeffers, Sean O’Connor,  David Feeley, Cianan Cooney, Colin Doody, Adam Wharton, Messiah Chirwah .

(U13) Div 3 ; LB Rovers 1-0 Park C
We suffered our first defeat of the season away to LB Rivers in Ballybunion. Having most of the possession for the hour we were unlucky not to turn it into scores.

But throughout the game,  we played the ball around with great passing and movement but in fairness to our opponents, they defended stoutly and held out in the end.

Full credit to all our squad who played their hearts out all the game and will, no doubt ,have learned an awful lot as a result.

Richie Healy in goals made a few brilliant saves when called upon. Luke Casey and Adam Mc Donagh were excellent in defence.

Ray Mc Grath and Damien Hogan controlled midfield with Jack Slattery, Jamie o Shea and Darragh Cunnane upfront unlucky not to have had a handful of goals. But standout player on the day was Odhran Ferris who was on the ball all game and gave it his best for the hour.

(U15) Div 1 ; Park B 0-1 Ballyhar Dynamos
On Saturday morning we suffered our first defeat of the season at home to Ballyhar. We knew that this game was going to be tough as Ballyhar haven’t lost a game this season.

The only goal of the game came in the 10th min when a corner from Ballyhar was put in and headed into the back of the net by us. 1-0 to Ballyhar. Too be fair to the Park boys they were very unlucky to be a goal down as we had most of the play but just couldn’t get that goal back.

Jack in goal was in total control but must be said didn’t have much to do. Our back line of Owen,Gavin,Ciaran and Luke were well up for a game and gave nothing to Ballyhar.

We dominated midfield with Elliott, Darragh and Jordan and up front we started with Felix,Conor and Liam who just couldn’t pull the goal back.

All off the squad got playing time and everyone played out of their skins. Robert,Greg,Liam,Steven and Eoin were great when asked to come on and being fair to everyone today they gave us  everything they could and should be very proud of themselves.

If we keep playing like this and getting the commitment from the lads like today we should be up there fighting for the top spot at the end of the season,

Well done lads. Also, I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us today. Man of the match , Jordan Mason.

(U17) League ; Park Fc 4-0 Killorglin FC

Our 17s game verses Killorglin was switched to the KDL all-weather pitch for our first game of the new year & the lovely surface in Mounthawk suited our passing game. Following the lions share of possession in the first 45 & a number of very good chances, most of which went straight at the keeper, we managed to win a penalty after Conor O Brien was taken down.

As our usual peno king John Ward was being rested after a busy Christmas campaign, Conor stepped up to take the peno himself & despite sending the keeper the wrong way his shot went agonisingly wide for a huge let off for the boys from the banks of the  Laune.

In fact only for the agility of Jack Rodgers in goals for us we would have gone in at the break one down after he somehow got a fingertip to a top corner effort right on halftime.

The second half saw a much improved performance with a number of changes being made early in the half & after a period of sustained pressure we got our just rewards with Thomas Burke floating an inch perfert shot into the roof of the net on 52mins.

Three minutes later it was Culan Sweeneys turn to hit the target after a trademark run saw him beat the keeper from close range for our second. A minute later Thomas again tested their keeper from distance but as he did all day the Killorglin lad somehow pulled off a superb one handed save in the top corner.

The flying Adam Ward was unlucky not to score on 60mins but another fine save saw the inrushing Conor O Brien finish to the net for our third goal.

By now we were dominating play & time after time the Killorglin keeper kept on getting something on the ball to prevent the fourth but after a Messi like run into the box from our centre-back Shane Jordan (what were you doing there Shane ??) he crossed inch perfect for Aaron Ward to cap a fine performance with a rocket to the back of the net.

David Oba our top scorer came off the bench &  was unlucky with two efforts which hit the net but were both ruled out for off-side.

A very good team display from all 15 players with our Centre-backs Sean Carmody & Shane Jordan composed on the ball making a dangerous Killorglin attack look ordinary for large parts of the game.

The four impact players that came on all played a huge part in the win as we rested & rotated players as most have Kerry U17 trials during the week.

The only sour note came almost at full time when Aaron Ward went down with a calf injury which led to him being carried from the pitch.  We wish Aaron a speedy recovery & hopefully its a strain rather than anything more serious.

Best of luck with all our lads taking part in the upcoming Kerry trials on Tuesday & Thursday this week & next. Training as normal Monday & Friday.

Team: J Rodgers, M Xhemaili, S Jordan, S Carmody, J Donohue, C Sweeney, T Burke, C Higgins, Aaron Ward, C O Brien, Adam Ward, D Oba, J Ward, J O Connor, M Lacey.

MOTM Shane ‘Messi’ Jordan

(U14) Premier ; Camp Juniors 1-2 Park A ,
The Park A Under 14 side got 2017 off to a flying start with a good win over Camp Juniors under floodlights at the KDL.

Credit to both sides for a very entertaining match as conditions were difficult at times as a strong gale blowed with rain.

Camp had the benefit of the elements in the first half but found it difficult to take advantage. The Park side were very committed from the outset giving the Camp lads very little time and space.

Indeed, at times the Park were playing some excellent football in midfield and supplying a front three of Tomas O’Sullivan, Darragh Caplis and Earnan Ferris, who were a constant threat throughout.

The Park back three of Ryan Guerin, Jamie Fitzgerald and Alan Brosnan were in commanding form and gave little away to the Camp forward line.

A midfield of Jack Twamley and Leon Gallagher were disciplined and covered the midfield well, with wide players Cian Brosnan and Robert Vasiu working hard up and down the channels.

The first half provided few clear cut chances for either side, so it was no surprise that the sides went in scoreless at half time.

The second half saw Camp pressing hard in the initial minutes but the Park breakthrough came after just five minutes when an excellent Leon Gallagher corner, aided by a stiff breeze found the back of the Camp net.

The Park continued to play really well and looked particularly dangerous from set pieces and they were rewarded 15 minutes from time when Darragh Caplis continued his exceptional scoring form with a clinical finish to the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Sean Kedzierski and Sean McGrath were introduced and provided renewed energy to the side and kept the tempo at a high pace.

Camp Juniors showed great spirit and for the remainder of the match pressed hard, winning a number of corners and free kicks.

However, the excellent Sean Broderick was proving a big obstacle behind a well drilled defence. Camps determination was rewarded in the last minute when an excellent cross from the right was met with a brave header that found the back of the net.

That proved to be the last action of the match however as the full time whistle went at the restart.

So four league wins from five from an ever improving Park side that continues to play really excellent football that bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Full Time : Camp Juniors 1, Park A 2.

Team; S.Broderick, A.Brosnan, R.Guerin, J.Fitzgerald, R.Vasiu, L.Gallagher, J.Twamley, C.Brosnan, T.O’Sullivan, D,Caplis, E.Ferris. Subs: (both used) S.McGrath, S.Kedzierski.

Kerry schoolboys and girls soccer league team of the week,
Well done to Padraig McCannon , St Brendans Park U16’s who made the Kerry schoolboys and girls soccer league team of the week .


Saturday 21st January 2017

U12 JK Sports Premier

Listowel A  v  Park A   ,   10-30am .

U12 JK Sports Div.1

Park B  v  Camp Juniors   ,   10-30am .

U14 Foundation Sports Premier

Park A  v  Killarney Celtic A   ,   11-00am .

U14 Foundation Sports Div.1

Park B  v  Iveragh   ,   12-30pm .

U16 Trophy World Premier

Tralee Dynamos  v  Park A   ,   12-30pm .

Youths League

Killarney Celtic  v  Park Fc   ,   2-00pm .

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