Kilcock and Kilcullen must do it all again after draw

Daragh McArdle who kicked 3 points for Kilcock

Kilcock 0-12  Kilcullen 1-9

The Courtyard Hotel Leixlip IFC round one

Kilcullen were promoted to the intermediate ranks after overcoming Milltown in a replay of last year’s junior final, before going on an impressive run through the Leinster Championship that saw them lose at the semi-final stage to Bracknagh. They have a team that is well set up to keep their heads above water in this year’s campaign, and Sunday’s tie against Kilcock presented the perfect opportunity to settle into their new surroundings.

From the get go this was an intriguing encounter in which neither side ever looked destined to pull away from the other, and it remained that way right through.

The first half finished all square, with Kilcullen hitting the major score of the half through Brian Bell as he rustled the net in the 22nd minute. That goal came at an important time for the Rags as they had conceded four points in a row as Kilcock powered into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead, with Eoin McArdle striking three points from play during that period for the leaders.

Points from Darragh Timolin and Paul Jones before the interval helped Kilcullen to go in level as the scores stood 1-4 to 0-7 at the break.

The second half was every bit as even as both sides traded blows continuosly, with David Marshall landing two for the Rags while Daragh McArdle and Willie Bright were on target for Kilcock. Outside of the excellent Marshall, Paul Bell was Kilcullen’s only other scorer before the end of the game as he floated over a beautiful long range point, and at the other end Eoin and Daragh McArdle pointed frees either side of an excellent score from Bright as Kilcock led by one with 10 minutes to go.

Marshall levelled matters with a free from the right wing in the 53rd minute, and it looked like anyone’s game by this stage.

A frantic final 10 minutes ensued in which both sides squandered gilt-edged chances to find a winner in almost comical fashion, but a draw was probably a fair outcome and these two sides will meet again on Thursday night to determine a winner.

Scorers for Kilcock: E McArdle 0-5(1f), D McArdle 0-3 (1f) and W Bright 0-3(1f), D Courtney 0-1.

Scorers for Kilcullen: D Marshall 0-5(2f), B Bell 1-0, P Bell 0-2, P Jones and D Timolin 0-1 each

Kilcock v Kilcullen Kildare IFC

Kilcock’s Stephen Duffy who will look to line out at full back v Kilcullen

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!!

Kilcock’s Nairn named on Kildare Minor team

Kildare minor football team to face Carlow

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 fall to late Doyle penalty

SENIOR FOOTBAL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Allenwood 1-7 Kilcock 0-9

A penalty from Kildare legend Johnny Doyle snatched a late victory from the jaws of defeat for Allenwood against Kilcock in division two of the Kildare SFL on Wednesday night.

Looking to secure their third win from three outings, Kilcock started off the better of the two sides and were in front after four minutes when wing forward Fearghal O’Brien pointed, Declan Gibbons charges doubled that lead when Eoin McArdle slotted over a free. Allenwood replied with two Johnny Doyle frees to level the scores at two points apiece.

Kilcock midfielder Conor Caulfield then split the posts to put the away side a point to the good before corner-forward Shane O’Rourke scored his first point of the game from a free. 

Good build up play from the hosts lead to Doyle kicking his third point of the game but Kilcock went straight back down the field and wing-back Mark Durkan cut inside to kick over from distance. 

Kilcock looked in control but Allenwood kept trying to put pressure on and were rewarded with a point. Eoin McArdle hit the final point of the half immediately afterwards and Kilcock went in at the Half-Time whiste 0-6 to 0-4 up. 

2nd half Allenwood came out all guns blazing in the second half but only scored one point for the amount of pressure they put on Kilcock. The away side then hot three point without reply. David Duke finished off a good Kilcock move to point over. Willie Bright waltzed himself onto a pass to get his first score of the game and Shane O’Rourke got his second point of the game. 

Kilcock were four points up and were cruising but Allenwood were not finished. They kicked the next two scores, one from play and a free before they were awarded the penalty. 

Johnny Doyle stepped up and slotted it home. kilcock fought hard to pull the game back in their favour but it wasn’t to be. 
The final score ended as Allenwood 1-7 Kilcock 0-9. 

1. Shane Stone

2. Rory O’Brien

3. Stephen Duffy

4. Conor Sheridan 

5. Mark Durkan (0-1)

6. Jason Gibbons 

7. Daniel Courtney

8. Conor Caulfield (0-1)

9. Ciarán Murray

10. David Duke (0-1)

11. Willie Bright (0-1)

12. Fearghal O’Brien (0-1)

13. Daragh McArdle

14. Shane O’Rourke (0-2, 1f)

15. Eoin McArdle (0-2, 1f)

Sub’s used: Declan Keane, paddy Kelly, Cian Duke

Giddy Up for the boys in green

RACE NIGHT

Saturday 22nd April, 8:30pm
Kilcock GAA Club is to host a Race Night in aid of the men’s football team on Saturday 22nd of April. According to sources there will be plenty of craic and MC on the night will be the one and only Nigel Reynolds. Music will be provided afterwards.

We here at Extratimesportlive.com are delighted to be sponsoring a race on the night so make sure you get down and buy a horse/jockey for the big race!!!

Speaking to club PRO and team member Mark Durkan he said: “It promises to be a great night so pencil the date into the diary and come support the lads fundraiser”

Kilcock to face Kilcullen in Championship opener

Kilcock were last night drawn to face Kilcullen in round one of the 2017 Kildare Intermediate Football Championship.

Declan Gibbons’ men will face off against last years Junior A champions on the weekend of May 5th-7th.

Kilcock will once again be amongst the 3 or 4 teams that will be fancied to go all the way but they know all too well how difficult this rank can be, having failed to make it to the quarter finals in 2016 under the guidance of Willie Hughes.

Since the arrival of Gibbons, the landscape of the team has changed somewhat, with many of last years minors been given an opportunity to cement their place in the starting fifteen, while former county player Ciaran Fitzpatrick has moved onto pastures new with St. Judes in Dublin. 

Gibbons and his management team will be looking for the likes of his son Jason, Daniel Courtney, Shane O’Rourke, David Duke and recent addition Conor Caufield from Cavan to help his side progress to the business end of the competition later in the year.

Check out the full 1st round draw below:

Cappagh: Elsewhere neighbours Cappagh have been drawn in Group A of the Tom Cross Junior A Football Championship alongside Rathcoffey, Caragh, Ballykelly and Rheban. 

The men in red and white will strongly fancy their chances of progressing from this group and begin their quest to do so against Caragh.