Saturday 21 April 2018

Park United in top form in Premier A

Park United A 3 Knockavilla 1

THIS game in Knockavilla last Saturday was a real six pointer as both teams are languishing at the bottom of the league. On a pitch that wasn't suitable for fancy football, Park stood up for the task in hand and put in a gutsy performance throughout. With a few absentee's Park travelled with a panel of 13, which included manager John Paul Cotter at centre half.

Still, Park took the lead on 20 minutes when Darren Lynch latched on to a Tony Graham through ball and he dispatched low into the bottom right hand corner. Five minutes later a great move saw Eugene O'Callaghan pick out Dave Dineen; he in turn saw Eamon O'Sullivan's overlapping run and he picked him out with a perfect pass. O'Sullivan kept his composure and raced into the Knockavilla and picked his spot to double Park's advantage.

With 35 minutes gone a rare Knockavilla attack saw Ian Fitzgibbon in Park's goal make a good save. From the resultant corner Knockavilla were reduced to 10 men as the referee spotted an off the ball incident. Despite being a man down Knockavilla were slowly getting into the game and restricted Park to long range efforts for the remainder of the half.

After the interval Knockavilla were given a lifeline as they won a penalty and pulled one back. Moments later Park had another scare as the ball ended up in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for a marginal offside. This spell of pressure seemed to kickstart Park as substitute Darren O'Grady started to torment the home defence.

He played a big part in the final goal of the game when he went on a mazy run and eventually picked out Dave Dineen. He squared to Eamon O'Sullivan and with his first touch he pushed the ball inside his marker and let fly with a low shot that went under the keeper.

Knockavilla pushed for a way back into the game and came close but woeful finishing and the strong Park rearguard meant that Park held on for the valuable three points. Park's next encounter is a home league fixture against Macroom.