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. 

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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!!!

Last Four Pairings Decided In Kildare Junior B Championship

Cappagh before their win over Rheban.

Table-toppers Cappagh will have home advantage when they face 4th placed Celbridge in the semi final of the Kildare Ladies Junior B championship semi final next Tuesday, September 5th.

Cappagh, who were the only side to go through the group stages unbeaten (with a 100% record to boot), finished off their round-robin campaign in style with a 5-10 to 2-4 victory at home to Rheban.

They will now face old foes Celbridge, managed by Cappagh man John Mulligan, for a place in the showpiece and the girls on the Meath border will be confident of getting there unscathed, having come out on top in all previous meetings this year.

Mulligan may have the last laugh yet though and his knowledge of the Cappagh girls style of play could bear fruit fruit for his new club!!

Speaking after his sides last round loss (1-14 to 3-6) at home to Milltown on Tuesday night, Mulligan said; “We struggled last night. We just weren’t focused on game in front of us, I think a lot of us had our minds on the semi finals. We had all possession in the first half but couldn’t convert it into scores. We changed our game in the 2nd half and played better”.

On the subject of returning to his home pitch of Cappagh, Mulligan let out a wry smile before saying; I can’t wait for next Tuesday v Cappagh. There’s going to be a right bit of banter with the lads for the week in the build up but come game time we will be ready for them”. 
In the other semi final Milltown will face Rheban. Milltown leap-frogged Celbridge in the table after Tuesday nights win, to avoid Cappagh but with nothing much to seperate them and Rheban, we are in for a close encounter there. 

Kilduff makes Jacksonville debut 30 minutes into Miami loss


Ciaran Kilduff was introduced to the home crowd sooner than he thought as Jacksonville Armada brought him on 30 minutes into their 1-0 loss against Miami FC at The Hodges Stadium on Sunday night.

Kilduff replaced the injured Tony Taylor in what turned out to be tough debut against the NASL Spring Season Champions.

Despite his sides extensive efforts including thirteen shots with four on goal, the Armada FC lost out and remain bottom of the table. 

Although they were unable to collect any points on Kilduff’s debut, head coach Mark Lowry remains positive.

“We dominated. That performance was superb against the best team in the league. It shows how good we are,” said Lowry. “That performance was almost perfect, we just lacked two or three goals. We keep doing that and we’ll start winning games.”

In the middle of the first half, Ciarán Kilduff made his first appearance for the Armada FC– just two days after arriving in Jacksonville. Tony Taylor went to the ground with an injury and Kilduff replaced him in the 30th minute.

“Losing Tony really hurt us [because] he was looking good and sharp around the box. I’m pretty sure he would have scored tonight,” said Lowry. “Unfortunately we lost Tony earlier than we wanted to.”

Kilduff had a chance after his new team mate Rebellón dribbled the ball past multiple defenders before cutting the ball to the Kilcock man whose shot went just left of the goal.

Despite the best efforts of Kilduff and Armada FC, Jacksonville could not find the net to equalize the, meaning Miami FC took all three points at Hodges Stadium.

Next the Armada FC will hit the road, as they travel to face Indy Eleven. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Indianapolis. The team will return home on Saturday, Sept. 9 for First Responders Night at Hodges Stadium.

 STARTING XI:

JAX (4-2-3-1): Patterson-Sewell, Ryden, Pitchkolan, Jerome, Rebellón, George (Johnson 82’), Blake, Banks, Shriver, Steinberger (Gebhard 65’), Taylor (Kilduff 29’)

MIA (4-3-2-1): Vega, Smith, Palmer, Bernstein, Borrajo, Rezende (Mares 60’), Ryan, Lahoud, Martinez (Freeman 74’), Chávez, Poku

ATTENDANCE: 

1,186