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Shannon Hibernians AFC Shannon
Sun 23 Nov 2008 - Week End Round Up & Results < back
League Division 1B
Park AFC 2-0 Caledonian

After a good win the previous week Park were hoping for a repeat performance when they took on Caledonian at home. Conditions underfoot were quite soft making it difficult for either team to play any real flowing football, despite this Cals started well and the pace of their forwards was causing Park some problems at the back. Park took the lead after fifteen minutes slightly against the run of play, it began with a good break by Cals down the right-hand side, the ball was crossed it but was gathered well by Graham Carey in goals, he sent a long ball down the field, Paul O’Loughlin ran onto the ball and chipped over the oncoming keeper and into the back of the net. For the next twenty-five minutes neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances, with both defences doing well. With five minutes left in the half, Park could have, and probably should have had their second of the game. Carey in goals sent another long ball down the field, Paul O’Loughlin again ran onto it, but this time his chip went inches over the crossbar. The ref originally awarded a goal, after some protesting for the Cals players he realised his mistake and awarded a goal kick.

It was more of the same in the second half with Park marginally shading it in terms of possession, but when they got on the ball they were managing to create more chances. Ten minutes into the half Park were again unlucky not to double their lead. After some good play down the left flank, Sean McDonald released Pa Divanney down the byline, he sent a great cross into the box, the Cals keeper managed to get a touch to it just before Paul O’Loughlin, the ball fell to Eddie Dunne, he struck the ball low towards the right corner but a great goal line clearance denied him of a goal. With twenty minutes to go in the game Sean McDonald made a great run down the left, he beat the defender, but was taken down just outside the box. McDonald floated the resulting free kick to the back post Dave Egan connected with a header but the ball went just wide of the post. At one nil the game looked far from secure and despite not making any real clear cut chances Cals did put Park under pressure with their players in the centre of the pitch possessing some great pace and played some good football but rarely managed to break through Gareth Quirke and Damien O’Rourke in the centre of defence for Park. With seven minutes to go Park made sure of the points, a poor kick out by the Cals keeper was intercepted by Davy Wall in the middle of the pitch, he chipped a ball over the top, Paul O’Loughlin was again first to react, he ran into the box, and shot low past the keeper who managed to get a hand to it but the power in the shot took ball over the line. It was a good win for Park, if not a great game but did well in the conditions that they had to play in.

Park: Graham Carey, Gareth Quirke, Damien O’Rourke, Pa Divanney, BJ Cantillon, Eddie Dunne, Robbie Wall, Sean McDonald, Dave Egan, Paul O’Loughlin, Johnny Okoru

Subs: Davy Wall, Andy Fitzgerald, Thomas O’Hare

U17 FAI Cup First Round:
Killmallock 2 –1 Park AFC
It was a quite close game between the two teams with Killmallock just pipping it at the end. Killmallock took the lead in the first half with Dale Nolan levelling matters for Park. Killmallock then scored then winner in the second half but despite Park pressing for the equaliser Killmallock managed to hold on for the win.

U15 FAI Cup First Round
Park AFC 3 – 2 Listowel (AET)
Park started very brightly and were two goals up at half time with Gary Birchall scoring Parks first with a superb free kick, their second was a great team goal with Rob Claire finishing off the move. Listowel got back into the game with a penalty and then drew level with Park conceding a very soft goal. So into extra time it went and with three minutes to go before penalties loomed Park scored the winner. It was another good team goal with Adam Meaney scoring from inside the 18 yard box. It was a great result for the team and was all the more impressive as it was their first game of the season as their league campaign not starting until the new year.
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