The Park and Killarney Celtic served up quite and entertaining and enjoyable game at Mounthawk Park on Friday in the Domino's Pizza Youth League Final. At the end of the day it ended in stalemate with neither side able to find the net.
DOMINOS PIZZA YOUTHS LEAGUE FINAL
The Park 0
Killarney Celtic 0
These two sides have been seeing a lot of each other so far this season as most of the players met in the previous week's under-17 League final. On this occasion it was probably a game The Park should have won as they created the better chances over the 90 minutes but just could not put them away when the chips were down.
They were well ahead in the midfield battle with the smallest man on the pitch Adam O'Rourke as busy as a bee and making life difficult for everyone around him as well as using the ball very constructively. Likewise Ryan Carroll was pulling the strings and Ryan Downey was turning defence to attack on a regular basis with his surging runs out of defence and great passes and crosses to find his colleagues.
It was a game that was riddled with free kicks with referee Willie Gorman having to issue a lot of yellow cards
Early exchanges were relatively even enough and The Park had the first chance but Ivan Parker was denied by a superb block by Celtic custodian Roy Kelliher who had an excellent game on the night.
It took Celtic 15 minutes to create their first serious chance with Paudie Clifford doing the spade work to release Jack O'Neill and cutting in at an angle he drilled the ball low from inside the box and it went narrowly wide.
The Park should have gone ahead in the 23rd minute when the hard work and ingenuity of Adam O'Rourke won the ball at midfield and laid it off to Ryan Downey on the wing. He swept in an inch perfect cross to Jesse O Sullivan who had a free header from 6 yards and to the disbelief of his colleagues be put it over the top.
Just before half time The Park had another chance after being awarded a free kick outside the box they took it short to Ryan Carroll but his effort was too high to bother the Celtic goalie.
Killarney Celtic had an early chance in the second half when Jack O'Neill got to the end of a corner kick but he headed over the top.
Now The Park began to dominate the game but up front striker Jesse O'Sullivan was getting little change from the Celtic defence as they had the measure of him throughout the game.
The Park went close to breaking the deadlock in the 79th minute when they were awarded a free outside the box after a deliberate handball. However Celtic keeper Roy Kelliher dived full length to his right and made a fantastic save and when the ball broke out he was there to smother the ball to safety.
Killarney Celtic will be the happier side with the outcome but they know they will have to up their performance a lot if they are to win the replay. However, they were without a couple of key players and if they are available for the re play it will enhance their chances significantly.
The Park can be happy enough with their display but they will have to get their act together up front if they are to do the job next time around.
The replay takes place at Mounthawk Park this Friday at 7.30pm.
The Park: Fionn Coakley, Cian Sheridan, Ryan Downey, Cian Kennedy, Colin Griffin, Ryan Carroll, Adam O'Rourke, Gearoid Sayers, Jesse O'Sullivan, Jay Murphy, Ivan Parker. Sub: Sean Dukes for Ivan Parker.
Killarney Celtic: Roy Kelliher, Conor Murphy, Wesley Delaney, Donal Lyne, Jason Lyne, Darren Doherty, Matt Keane, Brendan Lyne, Paudie Clifford, Dermot Kelly, Jack O'Neill. Sub: Dan O'Donoghue for Darren Doherty.
Referee: Willie O'Gorman