MURPHY'S JEWELLERS MUNSTER CHAMPIONS TROPHY
St Brendan's Park 3 Broadford United 0
THE Park cruised the quarter final of the Murphys Jewellery Muntser Champions Trophy at Christy Leahy Park on Sunday with a very impressive win over Broadford United of the Desmond League.
The home side had a score to settle in this game as they were defeated by the Limerick side in the FAI Jjunior Cup last year. The Tralee side were never in any major danger in this game despite the fact that they had to play the final 35 minutes with 10 men due to the very harsh dismissal of Stephen O'Sullivan for a second yellow card offence. This was a polished display by The Park as they done all the simple things well kept the ball on the deck and distributed it very effectively.
This team has a great worth ethic as they compete for every ball and always chase back to put pressure on if they lose it. The got off to the very best start going ahead in the fourth minute. Pressure yielded a corner kick out on the right which was floated in delightfully by Ryan Downey and Con Barrett soarded above everyone to steer a great header to the roof of the net. After a busy opening 10 minutes The Park seemed to withdraw into their shell for a while allowing Broadford to get back into the game
While the visitors created a few openings their finishing left a lot to be desired. They had a shooting chance when Gary Egan was fouled outside the box but the free kick by Liam O'Shaughnessy was easily saved by The Park custodian Tommy Moriarty. Then Tommuy Butler had a effort but it was wide of the mark. The Park put a great move together involving Stephen O'Sullivan, Fergal Maunsell and Fiacra Dunne but the final shot by Mark O'Sullivan was straight at the Broadford goalie.
However, The Park doubled their lead in the 35th minute after forcing a corner kick. This was driven into the danger zone by Ryan Downey where Con Barrett nodded it across the six yard box to the inrushing Pa Bailey an he drilled the ball home. They were very comfortable going in at half time and the only worry was their yellow card count was on the increase. Broadford created a chance at the start of the seond half with Joe McAuliffe setting up sub Callun O'Donoghue but he was unable to keep his shot down and it went over the top.
Then The Park looked in trouble when Stephen O'Sullivan was sent off for a second yellow card offence for showing dissant after the awarding of a free by the referee. It was a very harsh decision and it is understood the club will appeal it. Broadford had they best chance of the game in the 70th when the Park defence was unhinged and Ray Lynch looked like he was going to score. However, The Park goalie Tommy Moriarty made a great block.
He made another good save to deny Joe McAuliffe with the ball taking a deflection along the way. The Park put this game to bed five minutes from the end when sub Aaron Egar Moriarty done great work to force a corner kick. This was drilled into the goalmouth by Ryan Downey and was punched out by the Broadford goalie and Pat McCarthy knocked it down in the patch of Aaron Egar Moriarty and he made no mistake from close range.
Speaking after the game the manager of the Park side Tommy Naughton said he was very happy with the team performance.
"We played good football and worked hard the sending off of Stephen O'Sullivan was a harsh decision. It is a great to have a strong bench and that was shown in this game with the subs that came on also playing very well. We are now looking forward to meet Tile Market of Cork in the quarter final and we will just take one game at a time and see how it goes."
The matches are coming fast and furious for The Park as they meet Carrig United from The Desmond League this Thursday evening at Mounthawk Park in the FAI Junior Cup. THE PARK: Tommy Moriarty, Martin Bowler,Con Barrett, David Magee, Ryan Downey, Paudie Bailey, Stephen O'Sullivan, Fiachra Dunne, Fergal Maunsell, Pat McCarthy, Mark O'Sullivan Subs: Aaron Egar Moriarty for Fiachra Dunne, Mike Conway for Mark O'Sullivan and Dan Robinson for Fergal Maunsell BROADFORD UNITED: Gearoid Greaney, Barry Lynch,, Sean Downey, Joe McAuliffe, Tommy Butler, Marty Foley, Gary Egan, Michael Brosnan, Seamus Brosnan, Ray Lynch Liam O'Shaughnesy. Subs: Callum O'Donoghue for Tommy Butler. REFEREE: Seamus O'Mahony