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 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 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 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.
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.
The following awards were handed out at Kilcock Celtic’s annual awards night in Gregory’s Bar tonight, December 9th.
Senior POTY: Dylan Bradley
Young POTY Remi Kareem
Shield Final MOTM: Lee Casey
Top scorer: Shane Fitzgerald ( 52 goals )
Women’s POTY: Eve Powderly
Club Merit award: James Byrne
Kilcock man Aaron Brilly continued his fine start to the season with his new club Home Farm FC by netting the 3rd goal in their excellent 4- 1 vicotry away to Drumcondra/Stella Maris in the 1st round of the Charlie Cahill Cup in the LSL on Friday night.
Brilly’s goal was a cracker and capped a fantastic individual and team performance against one of the Leinster Senior Leagues top teams.
Home Farm have enjoyed a fine start to the season and only a few weeks ago they caused something of a shock by knocking the LSL champions St Mochtas out of the FAI intermediate All Ireland cup, also on a 4-1 scoreline.
Brilly was a nominee for Extra Time Sport sports person of the year in 2016.