|Sun 5 Apr 2009 - Parks teams record impressive wins.
Last week Park saw all its competitive teams record impressive victories with five teams all winning over the weekend. Although unable to keep that record going this week, the junior and schoolboy teams continued their good form and there were some quite impressive results over the past week.
League Division 1B
Murroe 1- 3 Park AFC
Park continued their push for promotion this season with a very good win over Murroe last weekend. Despite missing many players, the Park team played very well against a solid Murroe team with Rob Wall, Eddie Ustinov and Dave McGee all getting on the score sheet.
League Division 4
Park AFC 3 – 0 Mungret Regional C
The Park B team continue to go from strength to strength with another assured performance against a decent Mungret team. Scorers for Park were James Fitzgerald, Gavin Lundy (pen) and Chris Delaney. The result sees Park go joint top in the league.
Youth Division 1
Aisling Annacotty 2 - 6 Park AFC
The Park Youth team continued with their unbeaten run in the league with a commanding win against Aisling Annacotty. The youth team have played 10 games in the league this season and have won 9 and drawn one game.
Scorers for Park: Dale Nolan (2), Kieran Hacket, Dennis Buckley, Aaron Leahy and Gerry Maxwell
Under 17 Division One
Park AFC 2 – 1 Corbally United
Park U-17 hosted Corbally at riverside park last Saturday. Having played 4 games in the league this season the U-17s were stuck at the foot of the table and a win was a must. Park started well and went 1-0 up in the first half after a good strike from Dale Nolan. Early in the second half a cross from Brian McGorrian drifted over the head of the Corbally keeper and into the net to put the Park 2-0 up and looking comfortable. Unfortunately a mix up in the Park defence allowed Corbally pull one back with 15 minutes remaining. Corbally pressed for the equaliser and created a few chances in the last few minutes but the Park defence handled the pressure well held on for a merited victory and one that hopefully will kick-start their season.
Under 17 Division One
Park AFC 1 – 1 Fairview
Having recorded an impressive victory against Corbally on the previous Sunday the under 17’s team hoping to build on their win against a very good Fairview team. Both teams started brightly in this match, played in excellent conditions on Tuesday evening. Fairview took the lead on 10 minutes when Park failed to clear a cross properly and the returned ball fell to the feet of the Fairview player who placed his shot into the bottom corner from 8 yards out. Park gradually got on top in the middle of the park and it was from a through ball by man of the match Derek Maxwell that Brian McGorrian raced through the Fairview defence before unleashing a powerful strike which beat the keeper at his near post. The match continued to be played at a fast pace as the teams went in at half time level at 1 – 1. The second half started where the first left off with Park creating the better of the chances. Park were unlucky not to take the lead when a great save from the Fairview keeper kept out Bobby after great work from Dale Nolan and Mark Barry, however as the match progressed Park seemed to tire and a number of needless fouls led to sustained pressure on the Park defence. Despite a few scares near the end they held out and took a valuable point against a top Fairview side.
Under 15 Premier League
Park AFC 0 - 3 Fairview Rangers
The Under 15's came up against a very good Fairview side who had too much for the Park team and came away comfortable 3-0 winners.
U14 Division One Cup Semi-Final
Coonagh 0 – Park AFC 5
The Under 14’s started very brightly in this game with Jason McNally, James Harty and Josh Lindsay all scoring in the first half to go in at the break 3 – 0 up. Tino Nzvaraura netted twice in the second half to round off a very good performance. It is looking likely that they will face Pike Rovers in the final, the team that just pipped them to the league title this season. With little to separate the teams all season this could setup a real cracker of a final that will take place on the 25th of April
Small Sided Games
Matches for the Under 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's commenced last week with a great turn out of children for all the young teams. The idea behind the small sided games is that the children improve their skills by getting more touches of the ball during the game (i.e. less numbers and smaller pitch). With many of their opening games taking place at home last week, it was a great sight to see so many young children playing and enjoying football and from the sidelines it looked like all the parents and supporters were enjoying themselves just as much.