Apollo 13 as Kilcock leave Moone with mission complete

Lumsden League Cup Rd 1:

Moone Celtic 6-7 Kilcock Celtic (AET) 

Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April the 11th 1970 from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida but the Lunar landing was aborted 2 days later following an oxygen tank explosion….

Fast forward 47 years and Kilcock Celtic senior footballers had a mission of their own to try and complete on a visit to a Moone of different sorts. Al Myles men faced division 2 side Moone Celtic in round 1 of the Lumsden League cup and after sharing 13 goals the away side finally returned home with their the name in the hat for round 2. 

From the early stages of the first half to the later stages of the 2nd period of extra-time the Celtics were made to work hard for the result from Moone and according to Myles his side could have have easily lost the game. 

Myles said; “On any other day we could have lost that game but we manged to battle on for the 110 minutes of the match and somehow came away with the result and a not such a safe passage into round 2”. 

Despite the concession of 6 goals, Kilcock can be very thankful to goalie Aaron Stone who pulled off two great saves to keep out the Moone attack late on with the tie very much in the melting pot.

If Myles and his men want to progress any further in the League cup they will need to make a massive improvement, especially at the back and will also need to shut out the game when it is required.

Once again the mecurial Shane Fitzgerald was on the score sheet with a brace, while Mark Munnelly (2) and Remi Kareem (2) were also on target before Michael Shaw calmly slotted home a penalty in extra time to secure the win.

Apollo 13 was a failed mission all them years ago and Al Myles will be quick to bring his players back down to earth following such a mixed mission in Moone on Sunday but at the end of the day his side are through to the next round of the cup. In anyones language, that’s mission complete. 

Kilduff Nets In Dundalk Win

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

O’Connell Signs For Shels

Former Kilcock Celtic player Adam O’Connell has signed for Shelbourne football clubs U19s.

O’Connell, who was last year part of Longford Town’s U19 panel under the guidance of fellow Kilcock man Brendan Rooney (coach) has rekindled that partnership following this move to Tolka Park.

Rooney joined Wayne Groves on the management team at Shels late last year and the pair continuing to piece together their desired squad. 

O’Connell has joined at the same time as fellow youngsters Cian McGarry and Gabi Aghinita.

Brilly Extends Cabinteely Stay

Aaron Brilly has tonight signed on for another season at League of Ireland Division One side Cabinteely FC.

Brilly captaining Cabinteely

Brilly, who captained the South Dublin side for the majority of last season, will now prepare for his 3rd campaign and look to build on his already record number of appearances at Cabo. 

The Kilcock native has progressed steadily during his two years, helping his side finish one position better off in season two in comparison to their maiden year in the League of Ireland, where they finished bottom of the pile. 

Brilly went on to represent his country midway through 2016, becoming a permanent fixture for Ireland’s University and College’s team.

Aaron with his Kilcock pal and current Shelbourne u19 coach Brendan Rooney