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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 .CLUB WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA ;
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.”


(U13) SFAI Cup Last 32:
Middleton FC 1 – 5 Park FC ,
The park Lads travelled to East Cork yesterday to take on Middleton Fc for a chance to go a step further in an unbelieveable journey to reach the last 16 of the National Cup and bye God they done it in style with a superb determined display.
1st half , With a severe wind blowing diagonally across the pitch coupled with the fact that both teams had never reached this stage of the competion previously, a tense nervous opening few minutes was to be expected.
The Park started the quicker creating a few half chances through Sean and Nathan but didnt really trouble the keeper too much, the first 10mins was dominated by the Park lads but the home team started to take over at this point putting the back four of Rhys, Kevin,Tide and Darra under pressure but to be fair they coped well with Tide in central defence marshalling the No11 their main threat upfront.
But against the run of play the park broke out on the counter down the left with mervin taking the ball into the box, with a whipping pass across the face of goal Nathan took the ball under and drove it to the right of the keeper, 1 nil up on the 18min mark.
The lads started to take the initiative back but were dealt a sucker punch 5 mins later when the homeside drew level from a set piece.
From the tip off the Park showed true character to hit back straight away a through ball from Colin to Sean, one on one with the keeper there was going to be only one winner, 2-1 up and he could have got a second but for the bravery of the Midleton keeper who dived to steal the ball from his feet
Mervin finished the half with a fine looping strike from the edge of the box that was unluckly to nestle on top of the net after beating the keeper. 1-2 to the Park at the break.
2nd Half 
Mervin switched with Sean upfront, the park started with a steely determination with the centre midfield pairing of Junior and Colin taking control of the middle third, Liam and Nathan were harassing down both flanks and their hard work paid dividends.
6 mins into the half another sublime pass from Colin found mervin coming in from the left side and with a super strike with his weaker foot beating the keeper at the far post, 3 – 1 up and confidence was high for the park.
Over the next 10 min period it was very even with both teams creating chances, the Park relied on their steely defence, steady keeping from Gavin and an odd bit of luck at times to hold onto a 2 coal defect.
Armin, Cian, Conor and Greg came on from the bench and with fresh legs started to inject a bit of life back into the Park, 27 mins in and the tie was over as a contest as Mervin scored his second after a lonng run from midfield thru on the right loping the keeper, the ball held up in the wind but managed to scrape over the line, 4- 1 up,
The park were in command and with the Midleton players heads dropping mervin became the provider pulling the ball back across the box to Kevin who had moved into midfield and with a belter of a shot he shook the net, 5-1 to the Park with the final whistle blown shortly after to a rapturous applause from the travelling supporters.
This was one of the best squad performances this season, all players battled hard and gave 100% which was all that the management team had required. Sadly Jordan couldnt get over a niggling injury and was unable to play, lets hope he makes a speedy recovery for our next game.
Many thanks to all the parents and supporters that made the long journey to cheer the lads over the line. A special thanks to our hosts Midleton FC for a sporting game and their hospitality afterwards, we wish them success in their league and cup campaigns .
Players of Note: Colin, Sean, Nathan, Mervin, Kevin, Liam, Rhys . Man of the Match:  Tide Osinubi, a fine composed display in centre back, marshalling their main talisman upfront to keep him scoreless, tackled and cleared his lines superbly.
Squad on the Day: Gavin Doody, Cian Purcell,  Kevin Goulding, Armin Heinrich, Junior Ankomah, Colin Walsh,  Mervyn Shalemba, Nathan Gleeson, Liam Tobin, Sean McGrath, Greg Scanlon, Conor O’ Sullivan, Tide Osinubi, Darragh Moriarty, Jordan Mason, Rhys Keane.
Reminder: Training times Mon & Fri @ 7-8pm. For the continued success of the squad all players must attend training. Well Done Lads!!! into the last 16 with a home tie against Leixlip Utd, Bring it on!!
Park Fc U13 who reached the last 16 of the SFAI Cup

Park Fc U13 who reached the last 16 of the SFAI Cup

(U15) Premier ;
Park Fc 2-1 Camp Utd
Park came out on top of a scrappy, wind dominated encounter to go 5 points clear at the top of the Premier division.
In what was a pretty forgettable first half Camp and Franz in particular, caused plenty of problems for the Park boys and had the best effort of the half when a well struck shot from David’s hit the top of the crossbar. Michael Slattery and Sean Carmody had attempts on goal for Park but ultimately 0-0 at halftime was about as much as they deserved.
Park started the second half much brighter and opened the scoring after 10 minutes following a wonderful passing movement from one end of the pitch to the other. Dylan Casey passed the ball out to James Rusk on the right. He gave it to Dan Goggin who gave an excellent ball to Gearoid Fitzgerald.
He in turn fed Robin McCarthy whose finish to the bottom corner of the net capped off a fine team goal. 14 minutes later, Park were two up. Gearoid Fitzgerald pounced on a Camp defensive mistake to lay on a simple tap in for Robin McCarthy’s second goal of the day. Straight from the kick off Davidos did what he had threatened to do earlier.
The ball was passed back to him and from 5 yards inside his own half, with the help of a strong wind, he unleashed a ferocious drive which just went in over the outstretched hands of Thomas Burke. Park were stunned but reorganised themselves well to just keep Camp at bay. Kevin Browne came on with 15 minutes to go and his vital, brave block two minutes from time ensured the three points for his team.
On a difficult day for good soccer, Dylan Casey at the back and Robin McCarthy upfront were the stand out performers for the Park but the determination of all the players to ensure they didn’t drop points was fantastic. They could have dropped their heads when things weren’t going their way.
To their credit they don’t do that and they came away from a difficult encounter with  the result they deserved. Well done to the Camp players and management for a very sporting game. Our best wishes to Niall and Jakub who missed the game through illness and injury. We look forward to having them and Ruairi back soon.
Panel: Thomas Burke, Adam Ward, James Rusk, Dylan Casey, Matt Lukco, Sean Carmody, Michael O’Gara, Michael Slattery, Dan Goggin, Gearoid Fitzgerald, Robin McCarthy, Kevin Browne, Jake Deering and Raul Vnczel .
(U15) Div 1 ;
Park Fc B 3-2 Killorglin Afc A ,
On a cold windy morning the game got under way with Dylan O’Shea running through puts a ball into Conor Higgins who passes to Nemanja who is tackled and ball goes out for a throw .Park pressed again against the wind and Conor Higgins puts a lovely ball through to Conor O’Brien but the ball goes wide for a goal kick.
Killorglin get a free kick about five yards outside the box but the ball drops in front of the keeper and he is unable to get a hand to it and the Killorglin player seizes the opportunity and puts it in the back of the net to make it 0-1.  Park come back on the attack and the keeper makes a save from Conor Higgins.
In another attack sees Dylan O’Shea take the ball down the wing and cross it in to Conor Higgins who shoots and the ball goes high over the hands of the keeper 1-1. the game progressed from end to end with the Park defenders Dean ,James John and Jack clearing everything that came their way .
Aaron makes a great save from the Killorglin  forward and puts the ball out for a corner. Dylan puts a ball through to Conor Higgins who slips the ball through to Conor O’Brien but his shot is saved by the keeper .
Another attack by the Park sees Dean put the ball through to Nemanja who slips the ball across the goal to Conor O’Brien  who strikes it first time with his left foot into the back of the net to make it 2-1 the Park just before half time.
Second half gets under way  with the Park on the attack Nemanja puts a ball to Jamal who’s shot is saved by the keeper .Josh puts a ball through to Nemanja but his shot is put out for a corner which Conor takes and Shane’s header is cleared off the line ,the ball is then put back in and Shane passes to Conor who puts the ball over the bar.
James takes a free kick outside the box and the keeper makes a good save. The ball comes into the Park penalty area and Dylan tackles the player but the referee gives a penalty , the Killorglin player steps up to take it and Aaron makes a brilliant save and the ball comes back out and once again Aaron makes a great save to deny Killorglin an equalizer.
Park are now in control of the game  and their defenders are clearing everything James takes another free kick  and once again their keeper makes a save the ball is then kicked out high over the heads of the Park players and the forward runs through and manages to put it passed Aaron into the net to make it 2-2
 Although Park had most of the possession in the second half they did not take advantage of the wind  and could have had another couple of goals if they had. Josh puts the ball through to Conor who crosses it into Shane who shoots but the keeper puts it out for a corner. With time nearly up and a draw looking on the cards Conor takes a corner and there is a scramble in the box with Killorglin trying to clear their lines but the ball falls to Jack and with a powerful left footed shot hits the back of the net  to make the final score 3-2 the Park.
This was a brilliant team performance against a strong Killorglin A team, and for the most we played as a strong unit passing and clearing the ball  first time and every player played his part in the game which gave us the result we deserved.
Team ; Aaron, Jack, James , John, Dean, Shane, Dylan, Josh, Conor,  Nemanja, Conor, Edward, Dylan, Jamel . Goal scorers, Conor Higgins, Conor O’Brien, Jack O’Donoghue  . M.O.M  Dean Scanlon.
(U12) Div 2 ;
Park B 0-0 Park C ,
It was a beautiful sunny morning in Tralee for the game between Park under 12 B and C. The game got off to an equal start with both teams making good moves and playing well. The last encounter between these two saw the B team win 5-0.
This time the C team surprised the B’s with some good attacks but Ryan Guerin and James Charles were powerful in defence. Two lovely attempts on goal by the Cs were brilliantly stopped on the line by TJ Heaphy.
At the break it was 0-0. The second half was a different story with the B team dominating play. There were several attacks mounted at the C goal but the C keeper Tadhg was excellent and the B’s couldn’t find a way past him.
The game ended with a share of the points 0-0. There were excellent performances from both wingers Earnan Ferris on the left and Leon Daly on the right. This was the first game of the season that the B team didn’t take all points. Well done both teams . A photo Gallery from this game can be viewed on the clubs website .FIXTURES ;
Saturday 7th February 2015
Mini Blitz under 9’s & 10’s  
Venue , Tralee Dynamos Ground 2.00pm
Park FC/Ballyhar Dynamos / Asdee / Dynamos
U11’S Group 4 
Castleisland v Park C  11.30am .
U12 Premier  
Park A v Listowel A   11.00am .
U12 Div.2
Park B v Asdee    10.30am .
Camp B v Park C   11.00am .
U14 Premier
Killarney Celtic A v Park A  11.45am .
U14 Div.2
St.Bernards v Park B   10.30am .
U16 Div.1
Park A v Killarney Athletic  12.30pm .
U16 Div.2
Park B v Listowel B   12.30pm .
Sunday 8th February 2015
U14 Girls Premier
Listowel Celtic v Park FC   2.00pm .

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