The Park face tough trip to Tramore


THE Park make the long trek to the sunny south east next Sunday when they play Tramore AFC in the Keane's Jewellers Champions League semi-final. This is a formidable challenge for the Tralee side against one of the best junior soccer sides in the country.

The home side will be favourites to win this game and that could suit The Park who on their day are capable of defeating any side. In their path to the semi-final The Park defeated Tile King 3-0 in the opening game with their goals coming from Pa Mc Carthy, Adrian Quirke and Aaron Moriarty. They met Desmond League side Broadford in the quarter-final again winning comfortable 3-0 with Con Barrett, Pa Bailey and Aaron Moriaty scoring the goals.

Tramore are a side that is well accustomed to winning major titles so the magnitude of The Park's task cannot be overstated. However The Park have a great work ethic and are strong in all areas of the field so their will have little fear of their more illustrious opponents.

The manager of The Park side Tommy Naughton says they are looking forward to the game and know they face a difficult task.

"They are a very strong side who are playing the game at a high level so we will have to be at our best if we are to win. We played them in Waterford last year in the last 16 of the Munster Junior Cup and we lost 4-0 with two of their goals coming right at the end of the game.

"We are playing big games almost every Sunday now and this is one of the biggest with a place in the final at stake. Killarney Celtic the inaugural title last year and it would be great of we could repeat this for a Kerry side," Naughton said.

The good news is that all his squad has a clean bill of health after the weekend which enhances their chances in the game. However, a few of the team will be playing for Kerry in the Oscar Traynor Cup on Thursday night so hopefully they can stay clear of injury.

In the other semi-final Pike Rovers of Limerick meet St Michael's Tipperary.