Kilduff named on NASL team of the week

Ciaran Kilduff has been named on the NASL team of the week for the second time since his move Stateside from Dundalk to Jacksonville Armada FC.

Kilduff was a shoe in for one of the positions upfront following his brace away to New York Cosmos last Sunday night. He has been named alongside another former League of Ireland player Eamon Zayed. The pair once played together at Shamrock Rovers.

The Armada’s new number 9, Kilduff, gave his side the lead in The Big Apple after just 13 minutes before doubling their lead just before half time. He was also joined on the team by his team mate Kalen Ryden at centre half.  

The Cosmos did put some dampner on the night for the big Kilcock man, fighting back from 3-0 down to snach a draw (3-3) in added time. 

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Lip Sync Ireland set for one Of Kildare’s oldest clubs

Preperations are being fine-tuned for Kilcock Gaa Clubs’ biggest night of the year.

It’s the Lip Sync Battles Ireland Kilcock style. It takes place in the club on Saturday, September 30th. 

It’s a huge fund-raising event. The launch took place in the club house the same night Rory’s Stories put on a magnificent show.

Kilcock Gaa have been at the heart of the community since as far back as 1887. They were one of the first clubs to affiliate under Gaa rules in Kildare along with Clane, Carbury and Monasterevan, just two and a half years after the association was founded in Thurles.

They have top class facilities at their Branganstown home, including their splendid clubhouse with its fabulous sports hall. The pitches at their HQ are rarely silent. 

The club are putting in the work in football, hurling and camogie and are marching towards the future with confidence. The Lip Sync spectacular will help to keep the home fires burning.

Make sure to get your tickets soon before the ‘Sold Out’ signs are put up!!! 

Kilduff Named NASL Player Of The Week

Kilcock’s Ciarán Kilduff recently joined the Jacksonville Armada FC, but he has certainly endeared himself to the club’s faithful in short order. The Irish forward has scored three goals in his last two games, including a pair of tallies in a 3-3 draw with the New York Cosmos on Sunday night. Kilduff was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week for his two-goal performance, the league announced Monday.

Jacksonville jumped ahead of the Cosmos early in the club’s contest at MCU Park and it was Kilduff that led the charge. The native of Kilcock, Ireland, opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Jack Blake’s corner kick made its way through a crowd of bodies before Kalen Ryden headed the ball towards Kilduff. The Irishman’s effort came off the cross bar, but the ball bounced just over the line for the opening tally.

The forward showed his work rate away from goal to earn his second goal of the contest. He dispossessed Cosmos midfielder Danny Szetela and drove towards the goal before sending his low effort through goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck’s legs in the 41st minute. The 28-year-old now has three goals in four appearances for the club.

The action on the field, though, was certainly far from over in Brooklyn. Blake tacked on a third goal for the visitors in the 65th minute before a tremendous turnaround by the defending champions.

Javi Márquez pulled a goal back for New York in the 79th minute after a lovely chipped pass from the reigning NASL Golden Ball winner Juan Arango. Just ten minutes later, Eugene Starikov headed home a cross from Ayoze, who then played provider again deep into stoppage time. Ayoze found Juan Guerra, who cut in from the left and fired a shot that left Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell rooted to the spot.

While Jacksonville didn’t leave New York with all three points, Kilduff’s effort helped the club extend its road unbeaten streak to three games. Jacksonville currently sits in the final position for The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament, which gets underway in November

McCarron Heading For Kildare?

TYRONE defender Cathal McCarron is on the verge of a club switch to Kildare outfit Athy.

The Dromore man tweeted following the Tyrone SFC defeat to Clonoe last weekend that he was saying ‘goodbye’ to his home club.

It is understood that McCarron is moving to Athy, where his partner hails from, and the local club chairman there, Marty McEvoy, has indicated that a transfer is on the cards.

McCarron, a 2016 All-Star nominee, also has previous links with Athy, where he attended the Cuan Mhuire rehabilitation centre for gambling addiction.

“Emotional evening having to say goodbye to my club @dromoregaa,” McCarron tweeted on Sunday.

“What memories to take away..so many good days. Sport can be cruel.”

And McEvoy said last night: “The club would be aware that he (McCarron) would hope to move to Athy.

“If he wanted to play senior football in Kildare, the club would be more than happy for him to play for us.”

McCarron also trained with Athy during his time as a patient at Cuan Mhuire.

The experienced defender (29), was also an All-Star nominee in 2013 and 2015.

It remains to be seen how McCarron’s proposed club switch would impact on his Tyrone career, considering that the player would be looking at a six-hour round trip to inter-county training sessions with Mickey Harte’s Red Hands.

Kilcock To Face Monasterevan In Last Four

Kilcock have been drawn to play Monasterevan in the semi final of the Kildare Intermediate football championship.
Declan Gibbons men reached the last four after a 1-11 to 1-8 victory over Ballyteague in Hawkfield on Sunday evening. 

A game that looked like it was going to be a routine win for the North Kildare men when they led 1-9 to 0-4 midway through the second half, turned into a nervous ending as Ballyteague rallied with a flutter of scores including a penalty. Willie Bright kicked a couple of late points to settle those nerves and put his team within one win of the county final.

Standing in their way though is a dogged but decent Monasterevan team who defeated Suncroft 3-10 to 0-11 in the last of this weekends quarter finals.

Kilcock avoided favourites Raheens, who were pitted against another useful side Clogherinkoe in the other semi final. 
It’s a difficult one to call now, with little to seperate all four sides but one thing is for sure whoever does turn senior in the next few weeks will have worked hard for it. 

I fancied Raheens from the start and after a diappointing loss to Kilcock in round 2, they bounced back with two impressive wins against Rathangan and St.Kevins. For that reason I am sticking with them to be playing in the senior championship in 2018. 

Kilduff named on the NASL Team of the Week

Kilduff in action against New York Cosmos

Ciaran Kilduff has been named on the NASL Team of the Week following his side Jacksonville Armada FC’s 2-0 victory away to New York Cosmos on Sunday night.

Kilduff, who scored his sides’ second goal, was named in a front three on the leagues team of the week alongside two of his team mates, Caleb Patterson-Sewell in goal and Kalen Ryden in defence.

Kilcock man Kilduff was lining out in only his third game for the Florida State club and repaid his new manager’s faith by scoring his first goal for Jacksonville before half time, cementing their lead.

Armada have now won two of the three games Kilduff has been involved in, beating Indy Eleven FC 3-2 last week. 

This weekend’s return game with Indy has been re-scheduled due to the impending Hurricane IRMA. Stay safe Ciaran and all affected. 

Three Reasons The Gaa Annoyed Me This Week

Three seperate incidents have annoyed me somewhat in the world of Gaa and all have come in the space of three days and all involving three different codes. In mens football, the Kildare IFC, in Ladies Football, Meath club fixtures and then a mixture of Ladies Football and Camogie also in Meath.

Firstly a pop at Kildare Gaa. I attended Raheens v Rathangan and Ballyteague v Kill, both in St. Conleth’s Park on Sunday and both in round 3 of the Kildare IFC. No problems there. Two very competitive and enjoyable games. Well done to Raheens and Ballyteague on qualifying for the quarter finals. They were joined later that day by Two Mile House and Monasterevan as the 4 qualifiers from round 3. Kilcock, St.Kevins, Clogherinkoe and Suncroft got there a week earlier with victories in round 2.

So here’s my gripe. All eight teams were through by Sunday evening, with the quarter finals fixed for two weeks time. So the obvious thing for the county board to do was make make the draw after the Two Mile House/Sallins game (last game of the day) so as to give all teams involved two full weeks prepartion with an idea in mind who their opponents would be. 

Now as I said that was the obvious thing to do. The draw will not be made until after this weekends SFC game (a totally different competition) between Confey and Round Towers, giving all eight IFC sides and more importantly their management teams just one week to plan for the opposition.

Am I the only one bemused by this? If there is a valid reasoning for this, I would love to know what it is. 

Now to Meath LGFA and the timing or should I say poor timing of their championship fixtures for this week. For the past few weeks the county footballers have been the centre of attention and rightly so for their exploits in reaching the All-Ireland IFC semi finals. Credit to all involved and hard luck in going down to a strong Tipperary side in their own back yard by only three points in the end after been thirteen odd points behind at one stage.

And how do we repay our heroes? With a weeks rest and chance maybe to let their hair down after a long hard season and a late night Saturday returning from Tipp? No we fire them straight back into club action on the Monday night, with all the panel (probably still sore physically and emotionally) from Saturday evening, lining out for their clubs in the SFC, IFC and JFC in must win games and expectations high because after all she’s the county girl. And we talk about burnout!!

Lastly and this one is from today. Wednesday, two days after the ladies last lined out. This may sound like a contradiction but maybe it’s a good thing this following game was cancelled, the county footballers involved can have a rest. But it’s the mannner in which it was cancelled.

Blackhall Gaels were due to play Moynalvey in the Ladies IFC. A massive local derby, with the added bite that the loser would be more or less relegated. Players probably left for work this morning, gear bag in tow, meals planned for the day, parents and partners told to be in Kilcloon for 7.30. Then just like that, on the day of the game, the two clubs get notification from the county board that the game is off. Off. Off because the county’s Camogie team have a media night tonight and all players are expected to attend. 

We knew about this media night a week ago. Nothing against the Camogie team, it’s a great idea and I am all for promoting the game as they get set for their All-Ireland final Sunday week. 

But I think and correct me if I am wrong but from Blackhall’s team on Monday night, nobody involved will be worrying the starting 15 for the county Camogie team. Moynalvey, I am told have a few but I am sure they could have been excused for championship football.

So despite only two days since there last game, I think this one would have been better going ahead than been cancelled hours before throw in.

That’s all folks. I promise I am not always this grumpy!!!