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.
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
Kilcock man Ciaran Kilduff scored Dundalk’s 3rd goal in what turned out to be a comfortable 4-0 win for the champions against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night March 4th at The Showgrounds.
The goal was the big strikers 2nd in 2 games in what has been a fast start to the season, taking up where he left off in 2016.
Kilduff powered home the header in the final quarter when he met Sean Gannon’s cross just before he was replaced by debutant Thomas Stewart.
Author Robert Cox
March 4th 2017
Kilcock’s Ciaran Kilduff netted two goals in Dundalk’s 4-2 win over St. Patrick’s CYFC in the Leinster Senior Cup tonight 9th February 2017.
The prolific striker tapped home his first from close range on the 59th minute after some good build up play from Patrick McEleney and new signing Carlton to make it 2-0. Carlton’s 37th minute strike had put the 2015 LSC winners 1-0 ahead going in at half time.
Kilduff grabbed his second and Dundalk’s 3rd on 70 minutes after calmly slotting past the goalie.
McEleney added a 4th late on to secure a fairly routine win for Stephen Kenny’s side despite conceding twice to the LSL team.
Ciaran Kilduff has extended his contract at league champions Dundalk ahead of Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Kilcock native has signed on for another year after joining the club from St. Patrick’s Athletic in July 2015. He has made an immediate impact for The Lilywhites having scored crucial goals in the double success of last season and netted on a further 13 occasions this season including the equaliser against AZ Alkmaar and the winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the UEFA Europa League. He lined out 36 times despite serious back and knee injuries.
When he spoke to dundalkfc.com after re-signing, Kilduff couldn’t hide his delight and said it ‘is a good place to be’ at the present time.
“I am really delighted to re-sign. It was something in my contract here that there was the option of another year here so I am happy to get it down on paper and be here for another year.
“Over the last three years the club has been the most successful in Ireland with the trophies that we have won and everything in Europe. It’s a great place to be. Going forward it’s good to be part of and I wanted to stay here.
“It’s the nicest way to finish off the season. Going to Tel-Aviv with a chance to finish off the current year going into the next stage. We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can get the job done.”
In addition to signing Kilduff up for another year, the Louth club have also secured the service of 23 year old Robbie Benson for another season.
A Dundalk FC football jersey signed by the League Championship winning squad and Europa League heroes has sold for €800 at a charity auction in Gregory’s Pub in Kilcock, Co.Kildare.
The jersey with ‘Kilduff 16’ on the back was donated by Kilcock man and Dundalk striker Ciaran Kilduff to the customers of Gregorys who were raising money by growing their beards for Movember and getting them shaved tonight, December 3rd in the pub, whilst hosting an auction at the same time.
Their kind efforts were for a very worthy cause To raise money for Robyn Smith, a little girl battling childhood cancer. In addition to the ‘Kilduff Keepsake’, there were also a couple of signed Liverpool jerseys up for grabs. Fair play to all involved and to Ciaran for organising the jersey.
At the time of going to post, the proud owner of the Lilywhites shirt and kind-hearted highest bidder, wishes to remain anonymous.