Thompson calls time on his role as Kilcock Celtic Chairperson

Kilcock Celtic Chairperson Shane Thompson has revealed his plans to step down from his position at the club’s upcoming AGM.

Thompson made the announcement on the club’s Faebook page over the weekend, where he also announced that he will be taking a break from his role in coaching at the club. “I will be stepping down as chairperson of the club and I will also be taking a break from coaching. After a trying year personally I made the decision to take the break”

The 2017 joint manager of the successful u16 shield winning team went on to thank a number of people at the club who helped him during his term as chairperson. “I would like to thank all committee members, both past and present, who made my tender as chair an enjoyable one of which has given me plenty of life experiences both good and bad. Also thanks to all the coaches for their time, patience and dedication, for without you the kids wouldn’t have football. Thank you to the many parents/supporters and sponsors for all the help and support”

First off Thompson is a football fan and with a bit more spare time now, the Highfield resident revealed that he still plans to attend as many games up at The Bawnouge as possible. He may have no choice if he gets under his wife Angela’ feet; “I’m sure I’ll be spotted at many a game as a supporter. Also thanks to my wife, who I abandoned on many a weekend. I’m going to be under your feet more often now”

The outgoing Chairperson went on to wish the club all the best in the future; “Best of luck to all the teams for the coming season.. Once again thank you all. Shane Thompson”

Shane Thompson – Kilcock Celtic:

•Years Chairman 2014-2019

•Coached 2001/02 group of players from u8 right up to under 17, winning 1st of two shields at under 15 in the 16/17 season and the second shield and league (the double) at under 16 in the 2017 season.

• Part of the coaching set of the club’s senior team for the 2nd half of the season as they won the Division 1/2/3 shield in the second half of 2017.

Talking privately to Shane Thompson, it was clear to see he will be a massive loss to the club, given his raw passion for them. But everyone needs a break and he owes the club nothing. No doubt he will be back involved in the future. Thompson gave a special mention to Dave Reilly, John Hill and Brendan Rooney who he coached with over the years.

His legacy as Chairperson, aside from his obvious development of youth at the club, will be how he pushed for pitch development and an improvement in the overall quality of facilities such as the gym, astro and dugouts at clubhouse.

Best of luck Shane from Robert at ExtraTimeSportLive.com and thank you for all your cooperation during your time at the helm. Whoever takes your place has big boots to fill.

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Kilcock’s League of Ireland numbers continue to grow

The people of Kilcock will have plenty of reasons to take interest in the upcoming 2019 League of Ireland First Division season with four lads from the town now signed up to three of the clubs involved.

U17s players player of the year presented by Senior Manager Neale Fenn.

The latest of these is Laragh’s very own Patrick O’Sullivan who has put pen to paper on a deal with the Longford Town senior squad for 2019. O’Sullivan joins Neale Fenn’s team from the clubs Academy.

A spokesperson from the Midlanders Academy congratulated the 6th year Scoil Dara Kilcock student on their Facebook page last night; “We would like to congratulate Patrick O’Sullivan for signing for our senior squad this season. Patrick played with our U17s during the 2017 season and last season played with our 19s. From all the coaches at the Academy we want to wish him and the lads all the best in the coming Season”

O’Sullivan will come up against some very familiar faces over the course of the season with Ciaran Kilduff now at Shelbourne and Aaron Brilly and Nathan Doyle both at Athlone Town. * ‘El Classico’ is certainly one game yours truly will be attending this season!

O’Sullivan is also a very talented Gaa player and has represented Kilcock at all ages with aplomb. First and foremost though he is yet another graduate of the excellent Kilcock Celtic Academy. Fair play to the club on all the talent they have produced and continue to produce up at The Bawnouge.

Patrick O’Sullivan in action for Kilcock Gaa u17s in 2018
Players of the month award presented by underage chairperson Paul Bayless and 17s Head Coach James Dermody

*El Classico – The name given to the meeting of midland rivals Athlone Town and Longford Town.

Kilduff scores in Jacksonville pre season victory

Ciaran Kilduff scored his first goal of 2018 last night as his side Jacksonville Armada defeated The Flagler Saints 2-0 in a pre season friendly in St.Augestine.

Kilduff, a half time substitute, netted Armada’s second on 53 minutes, when he got the hosts’ goalie off guard with a delicate chip to the back of the net. The Kilcock man was also involved in his sides first goal, when following some great link up play, he set up Irish-American Connor Doyle to net on 49 minutes.

The win was Jacksonville’s first in their three pre season games so far in 2018 as they ready themselves for the NPSL season.

Longford Town win inaugural O’Connor Cup

Longford Town u19s took home the inaugural Frank O’Connor Cup with an 8-4 victory over Kilcock Celtic in testing weather conditions on the Maynooth University astro turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.

The game, which was originally postponed in January due to an unplayable Kilcock Celtic pitch, produced some fantastic attacking football from both teams in the first half, with Longford edging it 4-3 at the break.

Both sides made a raft of changes in personel at half time, before emptying their benches throughout the second half as the two teams continue their pre season preperations for their respective league campaigns.

It was the League of Ireland outfit who used their experience competing at a higher level, to capitalise in the second half to come away winners on a full time score of 8-4.

Kilcock Celtic Chairman Shane Thompson spoke after the game; “Thanks again to all at Longford Town. Hopefully we can build on our friendship in the coming years. A special thanks to the O’connor family for sponsoring the cup and cheers to everyone who turned up despite the baltic conditions, to support both teams. Thanks to Longford Town u19s who fielded their strongest available team in honour of the late Frank O’Connor.”

Former Kilcock Celtic pair Patrick O’Sullivan and Josh Sherlock were involved for Longford Town.

Kilcock Celtic youngsters sign for Longford Town

Kilcock Celtic duo Josh Geoghegan and Josh Kilkenny have signed for Longford Town u15s.

It brings to thirteen the amount of Celtic players that have signed up for the Midlanders at one age group or another over the past few years as the two clubs continue to keep close ties.

Just last week Longford u19s were due to play Brendan Rooney’s Kilcock senior team for the Frank O’Connor Memorial Cup but the game unfortunately fell foul to the incesent rain on Saturday night.

Also last week, Josh Fogarty and Darragh Confrey signed for Longford’s u17s.

Kilcock pair sign for Longford Town

Kilcock teenage duo Josh Fogarty and Darragh Confrey have signed for the Longford Town u17s for the upcoming 2018 season. 

The former Kilcock Celtic youth players both put pen to paper alongside their new manager James Dermody on Sunday afternoon. 

Kilcock Celtic have a proud record of producing talented players that have come up through their ranks with Ciaran Kilduff, Aaorn Brilly and Shane Fitzgerald all donning the green and white hoops at some stage in their younger years, with Fizgerald currently back at his hometown club after stints at Galway United and UCD.

Today’s double signing brings to eleven the number of Celtic players who have moved on to Longford Town at u17 and u19 level.

 

Celtic to face Longford Town in Pre Season friendly

Kilcock Celtic’s senior team will face the Longford Town u19s on January 21st, with the winner taking home the Frank O’Connor Memorial Cup.

The tie will take place at Kilcock’s Bawnogues pitch and kick off at 1pm. Save the date in your diary!!

Kilcock manager Brendan Rooney coached the Midlanders u19 side in the past, where some current members of his Celtic team also plyed their trade.