Kilcock to run Raheens close but not close enough

Intermediate Football Championship

Kilcock vs Raheens
Saturday 3pm

Hawkfield

The Intermediate footballers of Kilcock take on Raheens today in what promises to be one of the ties of the round in the Kildare IFC in Hawkfield at 3pm.

The two sides last met in championship action last year with Raheens running out convincing winners. Kilcock were hampered early on that day however with two key players forced off through injury but in truth they were never really in contention against a far superior Raheens. The men in green and gold will be hoping for a better performance this time around. 

Both sides had contrasting league campaigns this year. Raheens competed in an extremely tough Division One and managed to hold their own, finishing 9th which was an achievement in itself considering the teams in the teams in the division. 
Kilcock for their part just managed to avoid relegation from Division Two on the final day in what was also a very competitive league. 

Declan Gibbons will be happy at how his league campaign went considering the amount of players he was down due to traveling in America. He has managed to blood new players into the team and now he has a full squad at his disposal. Kilcock go into the game as huge underdogs but will be quietly confident within the camp of catching Raheens on the hop.

It promises to be one of the ties of the round and though my local loyalties lie with Kilcock, my head says Raheens will have too much for Gibbons’ youthful side for the 2nd year running. Raheens by 4 or 5.

Brilly Scores In Season Opening Win

Aaron Brilly leaves the field after his sides win over TEK United.

Home Farm FC got their Leinster Senior League campaign up and running with a 4-2 victory at home to TEK United on Friday night, August 18th.

Kilcock man Aaron Brilly was on the score sheet with the hosts first, a header to equalise the game at 1-1 before half time.

Home Farm ran out 4-2 winners as they continued their unbeaten start to the season, which has seen them go all the way to the final of the Clements Cup, a game still to be played. 

Fitzgerald – “He scores when he wants”

KDFL Division 1:

Kilcock Celtic 5-3 Inny FC. 

Kilcock Celtic came from two goals down to beat Inny FC 5-3 at The Bawnogues on Thursday night, August 10th, thanks once again in no small part to the goal scoring exploits of the mecurial Shane Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald who has now scored more hat tricks this season than most have had hot dinners, was described best on Facebook by one of his friends after the game as “he scores when he wants”.

Aside from the strikers display though, the whole team put in possibly their best performance of the season to date, securing their 3rd win on the trot in the league in the process. In fact Al Myles’ men are in such a rich vein of form at the moment that they have scored 18 goals in that time.

Inny for their part came into the game unbeaten in 11 games, so Myles and his men were under no illusions of the task at hand, especially since the visitors had won the reverse victory earlier in the season.

Kilcock got off to the worst possible start going 2-0 down inside the first ten minutes but credit to the lads they never dropped their heads and took control of the game for the remainder of the half, to turn the tie on its head going in at the break 3-2 up. Midfielder Remi Kareem (2) and Fitzgerald with the goals.

Myles said of Kareem after the game; “Remi is playing in his first season at senior level and he has amazingly bagged 13 goals to date, no doubt he will add a few more before the season’s end”. Myles added; “We knew that the game wasn’t over at half-time and that Inny would not lie down after the break”.

Myles was bang on the money because no sooner had the 2nd half started that the away team scored again to make it 3-3. 

With the game in the melting pot, the Kilcock rear guard held firm to keep a determined Inny side at bay.

Fitzgerald’s 2nd goal (Kilcock’s 4th) will be one for the dubious goal committee, with many in attendance claiming it to be an own goal. But you try and take it off Fitzgerald!!! 

There was no denying his 3rd though as he rounded the goalkeeper before calmly slotting the ball into an empty net to insure Kilcock secure a vital victory.

Myles (who was in jubilant mood towards the games end, joining the players on the pitch to celebrate the win) summed up the game; “Everyone put in a great shift, Remi & Shane with their goals will obviously take most of the plaudits but the lads in defence & midfield put in a serious shit throughout. Second half sub Alan Byrne done his part when he came on and Aaron once again made some fine saves over the course of the match but a special mention to Dylan Bradley in defence & Ryan O’Connell in midfield who both stood out individually on the night”.

7up for Kilcock Celtic

Cormac Browne who captained Kilcock Celtic and helped himself to a goal in their 7-0 rout of Clane United.

KDFL Division 1

Kilcock Celtic 7-0 Clane Utd.

Kilcock Celtic got back to winning ways in the league on Sunday morning after a 7 goal blitz against neighbours Clane Utd at The Bawnogues, Kilcock

Having drawn (2-2 away) against the same opposition earlier in the season, Al Myles’ men expected another tough outing but after putting in their finest performance of the season the hosts ran out comfortable winners.

There were some well taken goals particularly from Adam O’Connell, who scored 2 on the day, his first 2 goals at senior level for the club. O’Connell’s first came after a splendid right footed strike from about 20 yards that lobbed over the goalkeeper. Remi Kareem was not to be outdone by his friend and team mate when he calmly dinked his shot over the Clane stopper and into the back of the net. 

Clane were spared somewhat when the referee blew the game up 20 minutes from time, which disappointed Kilcock who looed to bang in a few more goals aswel as running on a few subs.

Myles said afterwards; “It was a comprehensive victory by the lads in the end and a valuable 3 points on the board.”

Goal scorers on the day were Shane Fitzgerald, (2) who also had 5 assists, Adam O’Connell (2), Remi Kareem (2) & from Captain Cormac Browne.

Kilduff Looks Forward To American Adventure

Dundalk FC striker Ciaran Kilduff has left the defending League of Ireland champions to move to American NASL side the Jacksonville Armada FC.

Kilduff, who scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for the lilywhites, including the match winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League group stages, the first ever win for an Irish side in European competition, leaves Dundalk on good terms and reflects on his two years at club as the best of his career.

“It has been the best two years of my football career,” Kilduff told Dundalk’s official club website.

“There’s no other way to describe it. It has been the best dressing room, the best staff, best management team that I have been involved with. I have had some really great moments personally, individually and collectively as a team with the club.

“I have had some bad moments as well with some injuries too. It was eventful along the way.

“I am just really happy to have been a part of something which has been so great. There was so many great nights and moments for us. To be part of it is something that I will always be proud of.

“Dundalk has been an amazing story in Irish football in the last five-six years from where they came from to where they are now. I am just so happy and proud to have been part of it.”

Kilduff said that his move to the Armada was a ‘now or never’ opportunity for him and his family, and that he’ll be looking to try and emulate former Shamrock Rovers teammate Richie Ryan’s move from the Hoops to the NASL.

“For me, I will always look back at this as the greatest two years in Ireland,” added Kilduff.

“This is something which is completely out of left field. It is something which has interested me in maybe the last year or so if the opportunity came. I have a young family so the timing seems right for me.

“When my daughter gets a little older and gets to school going age things will have to change so I felt that this was a ‘now or never’ situation for me. Football in America is taking off. I am going over there to grasp it and try to further myself.

“I see players like Richie Ryan and players like that who have bettered themselves and furthered their careers.

“There is so much over there, so much room for progression over there. It’s not something I have taken lightly at all.

“It’s a lifestyle change and it is something that I have been open to for a while. It has just fallen for me at this time. It ticks a lot of boxes for me and I am excited to get going.”

Downey Powers His Way Through At Fairyhouse

Captain Power (with Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey onboard) justified 9/4 favourtism to come through the eye of a needle and win the featured six furlong handicap at Fairyhouse yesterday.
 
Downey onboard Captain Power

A previous winner at the County Meath venue, Edward Lynam’s charge had seemingly nowhere to go as Palavicini Run challenged the pace-setting Geological a furlong out.

However, Downey managed to squeeze the five-year-old between that pair and he picked up nicely to score by three-quarters of a length from Palavicini Run.

It was Downey’s 4th winner onboard Captain Power as he pointed out on his Instagram feed last night; “4th win on this legend Captain Power”.

Trainer Lynam was in optimistic mood after the victory; “It’s good to get. Punters are sharper than me as I thought he was bad value at 5/2 favourite”

“He’s been a bit of a bookmakers friend the last few times. I suppose he’s a bookmakers friend today too as he (the Powers) owns him!

“Robbie gave him a very good ride. He’s not simple and we took the hood off today. He’s always been a highly strung individual and wore the hood for a reason.

“We took it off him because he was nearly doing the job too well. When you were pressing button A you were getting button B.

“He battled it out well today and seems to like going around a bend. He’s won twice here and twice at Leopardstown.

“It panned out well and we’ll try and find another handicap for him. He wins one or two a year. Last year he won two and they took one off me.

“We’ll try and win two again this year. People tell me he’ll get seven but I’m not so sure.”

Silver for Kelly at the National Championships

Kilcock’s Kevin Kelly secured the silver medal, finishing 2nd behind Sean Tobin in the final of the 1500m at the National Championships at Santry on Sunday evening, 23rd July.

Kelly, representing St Cocas produced a superb display and lost nothing in defeat behind pre race favourite Tobin, with two-time winner Eoin Everard back in 3rd.

Meanwhile in the women’s 1500m final, Kelly’s St Cocas’ team mate Rachel Smyth also ran an excellent race, just missing out on a medal in 4th place. 

A good evening for St Cocas was capped off when the club were presented with €1000 by Irish Health Life.

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