Brilliant Park 16’s run reaches Nat Cup final.

Park Life Sweet as they reach Final.
16’s National Cup Semi-final:
St Brendan’s Park 1-1 Mungret Regional AET
Park won 5-4 on penalties.
WFAI Cup 14’s First Round:
Killarney Celtic 8-0 Tulla United.
John Murphy 12’s Cup semi-finals:
Park 9-0 Castleisland
Killarney Celtic 5-0 Ballyhar
13’s Cup semi-final:
Killarney Celtic 6-1 Mastergeeha
Tom Hayes 14’s Cup semi-finals:
Listowel Celtic 3-1 Killarney Celtic A
Park 7-0 Inter Kenmare
15’s Cup semi-final:
Killorglin 3-1 Listowel Celtic
League Results:
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 2:
Fenit 3-2 Asdee
Killorglin B 5-2 Park B
Foundation Sports 14 Division 1:
Killarney Celtic B 2-4 Killarney Athletic
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 1:
Listowel Celtic B 5-1 Inter Kenmare
Castlemaine 2-2 Killarney Athletic B
Park Life’s a Blur:
St Brendan’s Park 1-1 Mungret Regional AET:
Park win 5-4 on penalties.
With my limited knowledge of music I believe that it was Blur that had the hit with Park Life. Well for St Brendan’s Park life’s a blur after their 16’s National Cup semi- final win. They now face St Kevin’s Boys in the final in a couple of weeks. However inside the first two minutes that result didn’t look likely. But despite falling behind after 90 seconds this Park side didn’t seemed phased and got back to playing their own game and drew level after twenty minutes when Stefan Okunbor headed home from a Ferdia O Brien free kick which rebounded off the bar after a great save by the Regional keeper. The remainder of the game saw both sides battling hard with neither able to get a winner and it went all the way to penalties. The Park did have a great chance to take the lead but missed from the spot at the end of the first half.
So there was some trepidation amongst the huge crowd as the shoot-out started.
Regional went first and scored and it looked bleak when Gearoid Savage saw his effort go over the bar. However Regionals next penalty also went over the bar and Jesse Stafford Lacey made no mistake to level it at 1-1. Conor Hurley then saved Regionals next penalty and Jamie Clifford gave The Park the lead at 2-1, after three penalties each. Regional scored their next as did Ferdia o Brien to make it 3-2 with one penalty each remaining . Regional made no mistake to level it at 3-3 and Sam Tarrant had the chance to win it but unfortunately saw his spot kick just miss the target. Into sudden death and Regional take the lead 4-3 but Kieran Carmody scored to level it at 4-4. Then Conor Hurley wrote his name in Park folklore when he dived full length to push a ball the was heading for the top corner over the bar. Karl Mullins then made the long walk up and after placing the ball it rolled of the spot two times but he calmly slotted the ball home to sending the players , management and supporters wild .
Never before have there been scenes like this after a game involving the Park but it was truly deserved for a great squad and managers Graeme O’ Sullivan and David Magee will relish trying to topple the Dublin boys in the final.
WFAI 14’s Cup success for Killarney Celtic:
The Killarney Celtic 14’s Girls side made their debut in the WFAI Umbro Cup a winning one when they proved too strong for Tulla United from Clare. The majority of this Celtic girls side won the Munster Cup last season and are now hoping for a good run in this competition. 3 teams from Munster will qualify for the Last 8 in the country and Celtic are one round away from the Open Draw.
Hannah O’Donoghue was the top scorer for Killarney Celtic with Ciara O’Brien, Anna Clifford and Elena Martinez also getting on the score-sheet.
Kerry Cup’s:
As we enter May the thoughts turn to the latter stages of the Leagues and the first of the Cup finals. This week saw the line-up for the John Murphy 12’s and Tom Hayes 14’s Cup finals decided. Both of these finals take place this Sunday in Killorglin with St Brendan’s Park contesting both. In the younger age group they face Killarney Celtic while the 14’s will take on Listowel Celtic.
John Murphy 12’s Cup:
In the semi-finals of the John Murphy 12’s Cup The Park were too good for Castleisland and went through thanks to goals from Nathan Gleeson, Mervyn Shalemba. Conor Walsh and Junior Ankomah.
Killarney Celtic join them in the final after they got past Ballyhar at Celtic Park. Alan and Cian Dineen got three between them with Cian getting the 2. Niall McGillicuddy and Ryan O’Grady were Celtics other scorers.
Tom Hayse 14’s Cup:
The Park 14’s emulated their u12 teammates as they too booked their place in their final. They did so with a 7-0 win over Inter Kenmare. Michael Slattery, Kieran Browne, James Burke and Robin McCarthy were the goal-getters.
Listowel Celtic had goals from Jake Kelly, Cillian Spillane and Sean Keane in their 3-1 semi-final win over Killarney Celtic.
The 12’s will get the Kerry Cup Final’s season underway when the John Murphy 12’s kicks off at 12 noon followed by the Tom Hayes 14’s at 2pm.
13’s Cup Semi-final:
Killarney Celtic are the first team into the final of the 13’s Cup as they defeated Mastergeeha 6-1. However the score-line flatters Celtic a little as they were only 2-1 up after 45 minutes but a deflected shot sneaked in for an own goal opening the gap to 3-1 and Mastergeeha could not find a way back. Ryan Kelliher was the games top scorer with a hat trick. Patrick D’Arcy and Micheal Lenihan were the other scorers either side of the own goal. Dylan Murphy was the Listowel Celtic scorer.
15’s Cup Semi-final:
The first of the finalists in the 15’s Cup is Killorglin after they defeated Listowel Celtic 3-1. Gary Mathews, Keelan Cahill and Conor Standen were the winners scorers while Eddie Browne replied for Listowel Celtic.
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 2:
With leaders Camp odds on to take the title second place is still up for grabs but Killorglin have taken a huge step towards securing it thanks to a 5-2 win over their nearest challengers. The win sees them open a 6 point gap with a game in hand.
Eathan Coffey and Eathan Garsiea both scored two goals each with Gabriel Griffin netting the 5th. Carl Dziedziuch and Tony Duggan replied for The Park.
Fourth placed Fenit are probably too far back to mount a challenge on the top two spaces but to their credit they battled very hard to take another three points. There were 2-0 down to Asdee whose goals game from Conor Twomey and Barry O’Neill. But then Cian Donnellan grabbed hold of the game a netted a hat trick to give his side all three points which was hard look on a gallant Asdee side.
Foundation Sports 14 Division 1:
Killarney Athletic went into their game against Killarney Celtic B knowing that a win would give them the upper hand in the battle for second behind Camp. A 4-2 win sees them move onto 23 points from 11 games played. Killarney Celtic B’s loss means they finish on 21 but Mastergeeha are on 20 points with a game in hand over Athletic B so second place is not secured yet. Jason Coffey with 2 and Reece Hegarty and Ruairi O’Keffee with one each were the scorers that gave Athletic the three points. Keelan Deegan and Evan Jones replied for Killarney Celtic B.
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 1:
Castlemaine and Inter Kenmare played out a 2 all draw in midweek with Lee Lenihan getting both goals for Athletic, his second equalising after Castlemaine had gone ahead. Listowel Celtic B were 5-1 winners at home to Inter Kenmare at the weekend. Donal Hunt 2, Michael Kirby, Jack Boland and Dean Halpin scored for Listowel Celtic with Dillon O’Connor replying for Inter.
Call Up’s Continue:
It was another good week in the International career of two of our brightest stars. Jesse Stafford Lacey continues his involvement with the Irish u16 side as he is part of the squad that are heading to Switxerland in two weeks for the EUFA Development Tournament. Ireland will play Austria on the 13th, Switzerland on the 14th and Croatia on the 16th. Ireland hosted this tournament last season and topped the group which included Germany.
Savanna McCarthy’s Ireland career is going from strength to strength and following her great exploits with the U19’s she is now called into the Senior side. They travel to Bilbao in Spain to take on a Basque Country X1 in a friendly on Saturday, March 10th.This will be great preparation for Savanna as she builds up to the EUFA Finals later in the year.
Inter Leagues:
The 14’s continued their preparations as the selection of the Kennedy Cup squad nears. They were in Clare for the annual tournament that many Leagues use and played three mini games on Saturday drawing with Desmonds, Clare and narrowly going down to Roscommon. They also had two games on Sunday against Waterford and Roscommon and all the squad got very valuable game time.
The 12’s played in the Limerick Desmond Invitational and drew 1 all with the hosts thanks to a John Carmody goal. Liam Tobin scored in the next game against Clare but Kerry went down 4-1. Evan Looney was named Kerry player of the day.
Team of the Week:
Padraig Aherne
Killorglin 15’s
David Dineen Nick O’Connor Tony Duggan
Killarney Celtic 15’s Mastergeeha 13’s Park 13’s
Peter O’Sullivan Lee Lenihan Conor Twomey Jake Kelly
Killarney Celtic 13’s Killarney Athletic 15’s Asdee 13’s Listowel Celtic 14’s
Dillon O’Connor Junior Ankomah Cian Donnellan
Inter Kenmare 15’s Park 12’s Fenit 13’s