Longford Town u19s took home the inaugural Frank O’Connor Cup with an 8-4 victory over Kilcock Celtic in testing weather conditions on the Maynooth University astro turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.
The game, which was originally postponed in January due to an unplayable Kilcock Celtic pitch, produced some fantastic attacking football from both teams in the first half, with Longford edging it 4-3 at the break.
Both sides made a raft of changes in personel at half time, before emptying their benches throughout the second half as the two teams continue their pre season preperations for their respective league campaigns.
It was the League of Ireland outfit who used their experience competing at a higher level, to capitalise in the second half to come away winners on a full time score of 8-4.
Kilcock Celtic Chairman Shane Thompson spoke after the game; “Thanks again to all at Longford Town. Hopefully we can build on our friendship in the coming years. A special thanks to the O’connor family for sponsoring the cup and cheers to everyone who turned up despite the baltic conditions, to support both teams. Thanks to Longford Town u19s who fielded their strongest available team in honour of the late Frank O’Connor.”
Former Kilcock Celtic pair Patrick O’Sullivan and Josh Sherlock were involved for Longford Town.
Athlone Town AFC manager Aaron Callaghan has added Meath man Aaron Williams to his squad ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland season.
Williams, who is from Summerhill and previously played for the local team Parkceltic Summerhill FC, was on the scoresheet in Athlone’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers last week, a game that finished in a 3-3 draw.
He joins fellow Aaron, Aaron Brilly from neighbouring town Kilcock at the midlanders as they look to compete in the top half of the first division table over the coming months.
Both men attended Scoil Dara Kilcock, a school that has produced several League of Ireland players including Shane Barrett, Ciaran Kilduff and Shane Fitzgerald.
Keep an eye out on all my social media platforms over the coming months to follow the pairs fortunes.
It was confirmed during the week that Kilcock man Ciaran Kilduff, along with three other players have returned to Jacksonville Armada for 2018.
Kilduff, who joined Armada in 2017 and went on to score four goals as the Florida club just missed out on a play-off place in the NASL, returned to America in late January with his and the club’s future still up in the air.
The club were unsure if they would have a league to partake in for 2018 but it was revealed two weeks ago by club owner Robert Palmer that the club would play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) from April through to July, using it as a pre season warm up for August.
It’s not the first time the club have had to drop down to the NPSL. Palmer is currently working with other owners to get the NASL back up and running for the Fall League. The club also hope to play a number of high profile exhibition games over the coming months.
Former Dundalk star Kilduff is joined back at the club by Kalen Ryden, JC Banks and Derek Gebhard, while in the past few days the club have also signed two new players Conor Doyle and Javier Monsalvez.
We wish Ciaran all the best in 2018. We have been following his fortunes for a number of years now and a nicer man you will go a long way to meet.
Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly has re-signed for League of Ireland first division side Athlone Town ahead of the forthcoming 2018 season.
Brilly, who left the midlanders halfway through last season for Home Farm FC, following some problems within the club, rejoins a club that are hoping for an upturn in fortunes under new manager Aaron Callaghan.
The club have been putting together a panel of players behind the scenes over the past number of weeks, with the full identity of the squad only to be released tonight.
Brilly has previously played in the League of Ireland with Longford Town and Cabinteely, as well as enjoying a spell with Newry City, so he brings with him experience beyond his years to Callaghan’s new side.
Athlone have recently played Ashbourne, Lucan United and Shamrock Rovers in pre season games, games Brilly is believed to have been involved in.
Kilcock teenage duo Josh Fogarty and Darragh Confrey have signed for the Longford Town u17s for the upcoming 2018 season.
The former Kilcock Celtic youth players both put pen to paper alongside their new manager James Dermody on Sunday afternoon.
Kilcock Celtic have a proud record of producing talented players that have come up through their ranks with Ciaran Kilduff, Aaorn Brilly and Shane Fitzgerald all donning the green and white hoops at some stage in their younger years, with Fizgerald currently back at his hometown club after stints at Galway United and UCD.
Today’s double signing brings to eleven the number of Celtic players who have moved on to Longford Town at u17 and u19 level.
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.
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