St Brendan's Park aim to be League Champions of Munster
THE Park play one of the biggest games in their proud history next Saturday evening when they travel to Askeaton to play Pike Rovers in the Keane's Jeweller's Munster Champions Final.
This is just the second year of this competition which is for the league champions in all the leagues in Munster.
The inauguaral tournament was won in dramatic style by Killarney Celtc last year when they defeated Carrick United of Waterford in a penalty shoot out.
In their path tto the final The Park have been very impressive defeating Broadford United from the Desmond League 3-0 in the opening round with Con Barrett, Paudie Bailey and Aaron Eager Moriarty scoring the goals.
They then met Tile King of Cork in the quarter – final winning 3-0 with the goals scored by Pa McCarthy, Adrian Quirke and Aaron Eager Moriarty.
Then they faced a gigantic task in the semi-final away to Tramore AFC and the game ending all square 3-3.
Mike Conway, Pa McCarthy and Fergal Maunsell scored the goals.
With the teams deadlocked after extra time it went to a penalty shoot out with The Park winning 3-2 with keeper Jamie Kelly making some great saves in the shoot out.
Now they move up to an even higher plain and they face a daunting task against Pike Rovers one of the best junior sides in the country.
The magnitude of The Park's task can be evaluated by the fact that Pike Rovers are reining F.A.I. Junior Cup Champions winning their first title last year when they defeated St Michael's Tipperary 2-1 with the winning goal coming in the final minute of the game.
Park manager Tommy Naughton says that the club are really looking forward to the game and it will be a huge occasion for the club and for Kerry soccer in general.
"We know we are underdogs going into the game but that will not worry us as we will take it like every other occasion one game at a time. We have defeated some strong teams in our path to the final the biggest of all in the semi-final when we travelled to Tramore and won against all the odds. I have a panel of 21 players for the big game so competition for places will be very intense. We have no magic formula for the big game but to do our best to get the team playing to their very best. It will be a difficult task picking the starting 11 for the game but it is good to know that there are always strong players to be brought on when required."
The game comes at a good time for the Tralee side as despite their heavy schedule in recent weeks there are no injury worries going into the game with a full panel of players to choose from.
A bus has been organised to transport supporters to the game
The Park panel of player sfor the big game is Jamie Kelly, Martin Bowler, David Magee, Con Barrett, Shane Brosnan, Paudie Bailey, Gary O'Connor, Ryan Downey, Fergal Maunsell, Fiachra Dunne, Aaron Eager Moriarty, Mike Conway, Mark O'Sullivan, Stephen O'Sullivan, Adrian Quirke, Pa McCarthy, David Mc Loughlin, David Courtney, Anthony Murphy and David Clifford.