Kilcock 0-12 Kilcullen 1-9
Kilcock 0-12 Kilcullen 1-9
The Intermediate footballers of Kilcock get their championship campaign up and running tomorrow against 2016 Junior A champions Kilcullen at 2pm in Hawkfield.
It is expected that manager Declan Gibbons will field a youthful looking side as the club continues to go through something of a transitional period. Many of these lads were part of the 2016 minor league winning team so are no strangers to success but it is all about been able to make that step up to the adult ranks.
Fearghal O’Brien and Shane O’Rourke are definitely on the absentees list as they spend the summer Stateside but Daniel Courtney is expected to feature.
Kilcock should have too much for the team known as ‘The Rags’ but they cannot take anything for granted as the men in black and white look to write another chapter in their rags to riches story!!
Talented Kilcock midfielder Findlay Nairn has been named at wing forward for the Kildare minor footballers’ Leinster Football Championship round one clash with Carlow.
Nairn and his team mates must travel to Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow this Saturday where they will look to clear the first hurdle with victory over their dangerous hosts from 1pm.
Kilcock have been well represented at this level in recent years by Daniel Courtney and Jason Gibbons, both of whom won Leinster titles before falling at the All Ireland semi final stage and Nairn will be hoping to replicate their achievements.
Findlay is joined on the panel by club mate Lee Loughnane but unfortunately for Lee he is currently out with a hand injury.
Kilcock 5-13 Celbridge 2-11
Paul O’Brien produced a scintillating display at Kilcock Gaa on Monday night to ensure that Kilcock’s 2nd team got their Senior B division one league campaign off to a winning start against Celbridge.
The experienced, pacey forward hit a hat-trick of goals and also contributed two points as Padraic Carroll’s side got the better of their well fancied neighbours in their first game back in the top tier.
Two of O’Brien’s goals came in the first half, the second an unstoppable effort when one on one with the Celbridge net minder. Daragh McArdle netted the third and with points from the midfield duo of Chris McCarthy and Darren Byrne (2) along with an O’Brien free, the men in green and gold lead 3-4 to 0-4 at half time.
Kilcock took up where they left off upon the resumption and ended the game as a contest when debutant Conor Dewe Stokes tapped home a goal after some smart build up play from a number of his team mates including the star of the show O’Brien.
Celbridge rallied somewhat and struck two goals of their own but were dealt another blow when O’Brien completed his hat-trick to land Kilcock’s fifth. Further points from McArdle (3), Ronan Mulligan, Cian Mulhall (2), O’Brien, Byrne and substitute Michael Stokes wrapped up proceedings as Kilcock ran out eleven point winners, 5-13 to 2-11.
There was an added special moment on the night when Michael Stokes came on to play alongside Conor. It’s been a long time since there was a father/son combination on the field at the same time for Kilcock.
In addition it was clearly visible to see that many of the Kilcock lads were playing for their places in the upcoming SFL Div2 game at home to Johnstownbridge and there’s no doubting O’Brien will have caught Declan Gibbons’ attentions.
Kildare SFL Div 4:
Cappagh 4-11 Kildangan 0-5
By Robert Cox
Cappagh Gaa Club’s adult mens footballers got their Centenary Year celebrations off to a winning start with victory in round one of the 2017 Division 4 League at home to Kildangan on Tuesday night, March 28th.
Sporting their new jerseys, specially designed to mark the 100 year anniversary, the men in red & white (and a bit of blue) dominated proceedings throughout and lead 2-6 to 0-4 at the break in front of a large home support.
Second half goals from Chris Murray and Eoin Leonard added an extra gloss to the scoreboard along with points from Dean Brennan, Thomas Jackman and the aforementioned Leonard but it was the overall signs of team spirit and general team performance that will delight management the most, along with their sides hard work in tracking back and support of the man in possession.
Cappagh ran out easy 18 point winners in the end, with Brian Kelly and Caoimh McAuley making their debuts. They were also delighted to welcome back Aaron Maher and Geoff Flanagan to the fold.
Cappagh would like to thank their main sponsor Joe Mallon Motors of Naas and Portlaoise for their continued support and are delighted to have them on this special centenary jersey.
Speaking to a club rep after Tuesday’s victory they said; “The very first Cappagh jersey 100 years ago was blue with a white sash so for our centenary we have incorporated a spot of blue into our now traditional Cappagh Red & White hoops. Our new goalkeeper jersey is based on the original”.
Kilcock Gaa club historically became ‘one club’ when members voted unanimously for the proposal at an EGM on Friday night, March 10th 2017.
The one club brings together Kilcock Gaa Club, Kilcock LGFA and Kilcock Camogie Club to replace what was previously three seperate organisations.
A spokesperson for the club spoke positively regarding the decision; “This is huge progress in the development of Kilcock Gaa and we are delighted to have the Ladies Football and Camogie clubs onboard as we progress together.”
Neighbours Blackhall Gaels and Moynalvey have been drawn together in Group B of the newly sponsored ‘Fairyhouse Steel Meath SFC’ for 2017.
The two south Meath clubs will also face off against a quartet of high profile sides in defending champions Simonstown Gaels, Navan O’Mahonys, Seneschalstown and 2016 Intermediate winners St. Colmcilles.
The Kilcloon/Baterstown combination will play O’Mahonys in round one, while Darren Fay’s Moynalvey will face Seneschalstown.
In the Meath SHC draw Blackhall Gaels were also handed a tough draw in Group B where they will do battle with champions Kiltale, Kildalkey, Killyon, Boardsmill and Dunderry.
Author Robert Cox
March 6th 2017