THIS emphatic win put Park United midtable in Premier League and set the side up nicely for their Munster Junior Cup clash this weekend. While the first half against Blarney was evenly contested, Park dominated on the restart and the contest was over with fifteen minutes to play.
Blarney Street Athletic 0
Park's winger Paul Masterson put the home side ahead after 25 minutes when he ran onto a through ball and lobbed the Blarney keeper from outside the box. The sides were deadlocked until ten minutes into the second half when Dave Dineen finished from close range.
Masterson made it 3-0 to Park on 65 minutes with the goal of the game when he turned onto a throw-in and again lobbed the keeper from outside the box.
Blarney were unable to find a way back into the game by then and Park ran out comfortable winners. Darren Lynch scored with a powerful low shot past the keeper on 75 minutes. Finally, with five minutes on the clock, Shane Beston, a second half substitute, made it five for Park when he used his pace to get onto a pass from Jamie Finn and to burst past the centre-half and score.
Park travel to Waterford for the fifth round of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon. Their opponents are Hibernians and the winners go into the quarter finals of the competition. Park have reached the last 16 before, but a place in the quarter finals will be a piece of club history.
Millstreet Celtic 2
De Courcey Albion 1
TIM Kiely kept his composure and scored Millstreet's winner from the penalty spot in this County Cup second round clash. The welcome win was also thanks to some hard graft defending over the last ten minutes and an excellent performance from striker Tadhg Collins.
The game exploded into life after a scrappy opening fifteen minutes when Paul Dawson played Tadhg Collins in for Millstreet's opening shot on goals. De Courcey then put a penalty wide before going ahead after a half an hour.
Tadhg Collins posed a constant threat and, on 35 minutes, he collected a pass from John Cullinane, accelerated towards goal and finished with a low drive past the keeper.
With the sides tied at one-all, Millstreet made the better start to the second half. Eamon O'Keeffe and Tadhg Collins again created chances that kept the second division side on the back foot. Striker Tadhg Collins was also involved 12 minutes from time when he got past his defender and was fouled for a penalty. Tim Kiely converted that penalty to make it 2-1 to the home side.
The final ten minutes were hard-fought and both sides created goal opportunities. Millstreet keeper Piotr Oziast made the final telling contribution when he managed an excellent double save on the last chance of the game.
This an important win for Millstreet and it puts them into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Watergrasshill United 2
THE outcome of this League 1 game was vital to Watergrasshill as a loss would have seen them swop places with Fairview in the relegation zone. Instead, the home side took a step towards midtable safety thanks to the point earned. The huge disappointment for Watergrasshill was that they conceded a very late equaliser.
The home side had a wonderful first half and they led two-nil at the half time break. On 20 minutes, Michael John O'Sullivan played a ball over the defence that Gavin Daly did well to score from. Johnny Dorgan doubled the lead with 35 minutes played following a good pass through from Paddy Regan.
Fairview did not register a clear-cut chance in the opening half.
The home side also made the better start to the second half. They created two chances but one shot came off the post and another went narrowly wide. The visitors then tightened up in defence. They got back in contention with a once-in-a-lifetime volley from outside the box in the 70th minute. That goal lifted Fairview but Watergrasshill, with two defeats going into this game, were ready to defend in depth. The home side did defend well but were unlucky and disgusted to concede a goal with only two minutes to play.
This Saturday Watergrasshill have a Corinthians Cup First Round clash away to Innishvilla B. This game has been postponed three times due to the heavy rainfall.