Ennis Town Rock perish on Courtney goal as The Park advance
FAI UMBRO JUNIOR CUP
The Park FC 1 Ennis Town Rock 0
ALREADY in a Munster Final, the Park continued their great run in the FAI Junior Cup at Christy Leahy Park with a hard earned win over Clare side Ennis Town Rock. The Clare side had put Tralee Dynamos to the sword in the last round and were very formidable opposition.
In a tough dogged robust game where chances were at a premium a goal which was scored in the second minute of the game was enough to see the Tralee side through to the last 64 in the national competition.
The home side got off to an explosive start with Martin Bowlet making a surging run out of defence into the Ennis half where he linked up with Mike Conway, who set up David Courtney who volleyed to the roof of the net.
After this The Park were struggling at midfield and finding it hard to get into their normal rythem against a strong Ennis side who fought hard for every ball.
When the visitors put on the pressure the Park were solid at the back and put the shackles on their striker David Reidy who scored four goals against Dynamos. He did manage to get behind the Park defence in the 40th minute but Jamie Kelly was very alert in goals diving full length to make a good save.
The home side continued to struggle in the second half as Ennis continued their search for an equaliser. However, they did produce two good goal scoring chances but efforts by Anthony Murphy and Fergal Maunsell were not good enough to beat the Ennis custodian.
The Park had to dig deep in the concluding quarter of the game as Ennis put on relentless pressure but it was all soaked up and they held out for a great win. THE PARK: Jamie Kelly, Martin Bowler, Ryan Downey, Con Barrett, Fergal Maunsell, Adrian Quirke, Pa McCarthy, Michael Conway, David Courtney, Anthony Murphy. Subs: Stephen O'Sullivan for David Courtney, Paudie Bailey for MIke Conway.
FAI UMBRO JUNIOR CUP
Broadford Utd v Killarney Celtic
(cancelled due to unplayable pitch) KILLARNEY Celtic travelled to West Limerick for their FAI Junior Cup engagement with Desmond League side Broadford United but it was an idle journey as the appointed referee deemed the pitch to be unplayable.
There ws a big dispute regarding the matter as both sides felt the pitch was fit to take the game but the referee had the final say. The positive news is that now Killarney Celtic will be at home for the refixed game.