Park boss Naughton has club on cusp of history

THE manager of The Park side Tommy Naughton speaking after the game said he was delighted with the performance.

"The work ethic of the team from the very start was excellent as the chased every ball used it well and linked up with each other to good effect. Cherry Orchard came down expecting to win this game but we proved our worth and dealt with them very well.

"It was vital not to concede an early goal and we contained them very well at the start and hit them repeatedly on the break. Every player played their part in this great win as our defence was excellent midfield used ball very well while Anthony Murphy used his strength to great effect and David Clifford was red hot up front."

Clifford has now scored nine goals in seven games, which is a great record.

"The goal before half-time was crucial as it gave us a safer cushion going into the second half when we had to face the strong breeze," he continued.

"We soaked up the pressure at the start of the second half and the third goal gave us real breathing space. It was disappointing to have two players sent off at the end and they will be a huge loss for the next game. However, Mark O'Sullivan will be back for this game and with Fergal Maunsell also fit again we have good replacements.

"We have a a very strong bench also and this makes competition for places on the team very keen."

Naughton's side stand on the cusp of an historic breakthrough, something the manager knows only too well.

"We got to the last 16 twice in the past and it would be great to take them just one step further."

The Park manager has taken a team to the last 16 before but that was Lisselton Rovers. After their superb performance on Sunday The Park have the capability of making the quarter-finals of the competition if they play up to par.

Their last 16 game will be played on the weekend of February 24.


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