Kilcock’s Eoin Powderly and Daniel Courtney have been named in the Kildare starting fifteen for tomorrow nights O’Byrne Cup 2nd round tie with Louth, which takes place in Hawkfield, with a throw in time of 8pm.
Manager Cian O’Neill has handed Courtney his senior inter-county debut at wing back after impressing there in some recent challenge games, while in Powderly’s case, the pacey defender has been recalled to the panel after missing 2017 with a cruciate ligament injury and will start at corner back for the meeting of the men from the Wee County.
Elsewhere, promising Carbury teenager Aaron O’Neill will also make his competitive debut in goal, as will Celbridge defender Kevin Flynn at wing back.
O’Neill has named a relatively strong looking team, with plenty of scoring threat upfront in the shape of Clane’s Brian McLaughlin and Two Mile House sharpshooter Chris Healy.
Kildare should get their 2018 season off to a winning start at the expense of Pete McGrath’s Louth, especially if 2017 player of the year Kevin Feely carries that form into the new season.
Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly both lined out for the Kildare senior footballers today in a 1-19 to 1-11 victory over Westmeath in Kilcullen.
After being called up to the panel in October, the pair got their first few minutes of action in the Kildare jersey this year, ahead of the 2018 season.
The Lilywhites were playing the Midlanders to mark the turning on of Kilcullen’s new floodlights. Courtney started at wing-back and put in a fine display, bombing forward at every available opportunity, chipping in with a point from play in the process. Manager Cian O’Neill will be looking to unearth a few new faces over the coming months and Courtney could well be the answer to his call.
Powderly, who was part of Cian O’Neill’s plans in 2016 before he suffered a cruciate injury, was brought on at half-time at corner back and also put in a impressive performance.
Kildare start their O’Byrne Cup campaign in three weeks and we wish the lads all the best. We will have updates on the lads throughout the 2018 season.
Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly have been invited to train with an extended Kildare Senior Football panel over the coming months in preperation for the 2018 season.
Both men played a vital part in Kilcock reaching the Intermediate final, where they eventually fell to an impressive Raheens side.
The pair have previous inter county experience with Courtney a member of the 2015 Leinster minor winning side, where he lined out in midfield. Corner back Powderly was part of O’Neill’s senior panel in 2015 before suffering a cruciate ligament injury but to his credit he made a remarkable recovery in returning to full fitness to aid Kilcock’s run to the recent county final.
Only this week Emmet Bolton retired from inter-county action and O’Neill will be looking replace him and any future losses by blooding some more youth as his side look to close the gap on Dublin in the coming years.