Kilcock return to the Aldridge Cup after long absence

The footballers of Kilcock Gaa make a return to the Aldridge Cup this weekend for the first time since 2011.

The pre season tournent which is for senior championship teams in Kildare, will this year make a little bit of history by including a team from the Intermediate ranks, Kilcock.

Declan Gibbons’ men will take the place of Moorefield, who only last weekend lost out in the All-Ireland semi final to Corofin and who will feel they deserve a well earned rest.

Kilcock take their place on account of finishing 2017 as beaten Intermediate finalists to Raheens. Gibbons and his young side will see it as ideal preperation for the year ahead, with the quality of opposition sure to be a lot higher than they faced in recent years, starting with Naas on Saturday.

With the main pitch closed in Kilcock Gaa for the next few weeks, the game is likely to take place in the local secondary school, Scoil Dara.

Kilcock haven’t competed at the top table since they were relegated in 2011.

Aside from the men’s return to competitive action, the u17s also begin their season, while the ladies footballer’s take part in Na Fianna’s Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament.

Shane Smullen’s Ladies start at 10am on Saturday with a game vs Na Fianna and they take on Carbury in their second game.

The aforementioned u17s get their league campaign underway against Athy down in Athy on Sunday.

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Former Kildare Gaa player signs for Waterford FC

Former Kildare minor and u21 footballer Rory Feely has signed for newly promoted Waterford FC ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division season.

Feely, who ie now focusing on soccer despite being a promising Gaelic footballer with Kildare, scored 1-1 against Dublin in the Leinster minor semi-final as the Lilywhites went on to become provincial champions in 2015, before losing an All-Ireland semi-final to Tipperary.

The Athy footballer also featured for his county in the 2016 Leinster U21 football decider, which Kildare lost to the Dubs by a goal after extra-time. His older brother, Kevin, is a current member of the Kildare senior panel, having previously played professional soccer in the UK for the likes of Newport County and Carlisle United.

Feely, who can play as a central defender or in midfield, turns 21 today. The Kildare man, who lived in Waterford until the age of 12, moves to the RSC from St Patrick’s Athletic.

“I am very happy to link up with Waterford FC ahead of the new season,” he said. “I’m originally from Tramore so I have grown up with the Blues as my local League of Ireland club. I kept a keen eye last season during the promotion push and I now hope to be a part of something big for the club going forward.

“I worked with Alan [Reynolds] at St Pat’s and enjoyed the way he works, so when there was interest shown I was very happy to join. I am looking forward to competing for a starting place and being part of a competitive team at the top end of the table.”

He added: “As a player, I’ve been tried in a few positions over the last couple of seasons, primarily due to my aerial ability, but hopefully Blues’ fans will see me deployed in a more attacking role where I feel most comfortable. Ultimately, I just want to work hard and break into the team early on.”

Feely was part of the St Pat’s side who were crowned League of Ireland U19 champions in 2015. After breaking into Liam Buckley’s first team, he went on to make 42 appearances for the Inchicore outfit and attracted interest from recently-crowned Premier Division and FAI Cup winners Cork City in 2017.

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.

Kildare LGFA Senior League Update

With poor weather conditions wreaking havoc on the early rounds of many of the Kildare Ladies SFL games, it was a relief for all to see 10+ games played over 4 divisions on Tuesday night, March 21st.

One of the standout fixtures came in division 2 with the meeting of Clane and last years Juinor A championship winners Suncroft. This tie was played under lights at Ellistown Gaa and it was the Crofts first game of the season. As in many of their games in 2016, the girls from Brownstown were best served by county duo Trina Duggan and Ellen Dowling. The pair combined to shoot their side into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead, county captain Duggan with the goal. Clane responded well however and fought back (netting on the stroke of half time) to leave the score at the break; Suncroft 1-6 Clane 1-4.

Dowling was once again to the fore in the second half, hitting 1-3 to leave her side two points up going into injury time, of which there ended up been nine minutes of. Clane showed they have a bit of bite about them this year, hitting 2 points time added on to secure a hard fought draw on a final score of 2-9 apiece. There’s no doubting these two sides will be at the business end of division 2 in a few weeks time….. When hopefully the weather will have picked up!!

Suncroft lineup v Clane

Elsewhere in divison 2 a strong looking Moorefield side ran out convincing winners over Kilcullen while Naas ended Carbury’s 100% start with a five point victory. Kilcock are yet to play a game but face old foes Carbury this coming Sunday.

In division 1 Na Fianna were shown no mercy by Confey on their debut in the top ranks. The experinced Confey ladies travelled to Ballyteague and came away with the two points in a convincing manner. Their close rivals Leixlip also picked up two points with victory over Eadestown and one feels these two teams will fancy taking home the league trophy for 2017…. St. Laurences and Sarsfields might have something to say about that though.

Cappagh made it 2 wins from 2 in division 3 with a comprehensive win away to Athy. The girls in red and white ran out easy 5-11 to 1-7 victors, following up on their round one success in Ballykelly. Their former manager John Mulligan picked up his first competitive win since taking charge at Celbridge, overseeing a tense, one point win against neighbours Kill. 4-6 to 4-5. 

South Kildare side Castlemitchell recorded their 3rd win in as many outings when they accounted for Rathangan by the minimum, 1-8 to 0-10. An Aoife Maye goal in the 45th minute was all that could seperate these two dogged sides. 

New Celbridge manager John Mulligan

In division 4 Ballymore and Round Towers had comfortable wins over Ellistown and Castledermot respectively but I have to give credit to the two losing sides here. For Ellistown 2017 sees them entering a senior ladies team for the first time and Castledermot must be commended for making a return to competitive senior action after been unable to field in 2016. 

Ellistown senior ladies team 2017