THE Park are on track to keep the Keane's Jewellers League Champions Cup in Kerry after they progressed to the semi-final of the competition after an impressive win over Tile King of the Cork Business & Shipping League at the Pfizers Sports Grounds in Ringaskiddy, Cork on Saturday.
This competition is for all the league champions in the district leagues in Munster. Killarney Celtic won the inauguaral tournament last year and now The Park are only two games away from emulating that achievement but there are much sterner tests ahead.
If you are away from home the best line of attack is to get the first goal and The Park did this in style after just four minutes. The build up for the score began at the back with Martin Boweler then creating an opening for Pa Mc Carthy down the wing. He cut in and with the Tile King goalie advancing he fired low in the bottom corner to give the Tralee side the start they required and a flatform to build upon.
They should have doubled their lead minutes later when a sweeping move threw open the home defence but Adrian Quirke was not able to find the net and perhaps it would have been a wiser option to link up with one of his colleagues.
Just coming up to the half hour mark The Park doubled their lead when Adr ian Quirke got to the end of a flowing Park attack and he finished to the net to put his side in a more comfortable position.
The home sided upped their game in the second half but they found it very hard to create chances against a strong Park defence. Park's chances were further enhanced when Tile King were reduced to 10 men when their centre half David Hayes was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
The Park put the result beyond doubt in the 84th minute when a Ryan Downey's free kick came off the Tile King wall and fell favourably for sub Aaron Eager Moriarty and he finished to the net. It was a good performance by The Park but they know there will be a much sterner hurdle to overcome in the semi final and they will have to improve their finishing if they are to go all the way in the competition.
They now await the semifinal draw with some very high profile teams in the pot including St Nichael's Tipperary, Pike Rovers, Limerick and Tramore from Waterford. The semi-final will be played on the weekend of November 10. ST BRENDAN'S PARK: Jamie Kelly, Martin Bowler, Ryan Downey, Con Barrett, Shane Brosnan, Adrian Quirke, Fergal Maunsel, Mike Conway, Pa McCarthy, Antony Murphy, Mark Sullivan. Subs: Aaron Moriarty for Maunsel, Dan Robinson for Brosnan, and Paudie Bailey for Bowler. TILE KING: David Woods, Stephen Kiernan, David Hayse, David Curtain, William Delaney, Graham Dorgan, Jason Conway, Ritchie Curtain, Gearoid Callan, Matt Tiffen.