A second half hat-trick from Kilcock Celtic’s Shane Fitzgerald against Clane United on Sunday October 22nd pushed the prolific striker’s tally for the calendar year of 2017 to 51 goals in all competitions.
Fitzgerald, who is a former League of Ireland player with the likes of UCD and Galway United, has been in scintillating form for first Al Myles and now Brendan Rooney and has lead the line well all season, been a great role model to his very youthful team mates in the process.
‘He scores when he wants’ has become a common chant from the sideline up at The Bawnouges and to put his achievements into context, Fitzgerald leads Lionel Messi by six goals, with Messi currently on 45, Spurs striker Harry Kane has 38, while Ronaldo is only in the ha’penny place with 32!!!
He hasn’t been on his own though in the goal scoring exploits for Celtic as 18 year old Remi Kareem has hit 19 goals in his first season on the senior team, while late addition to the squad Eoin Hannigan has bagged nine goals in as many games. The trio have hit 80 goals between them.
Please feel free to send in some other similar feats from around country as we look to see has anyone got close to Fitzgerald.
A Shane Fitzgerald hat-trick secured a place in the final of the Divisional Shield for Brendan Rooney’s Kilcock Celtic with a 4-1 win over hosts Clane United on Sunday 22nd October.
In what was your typical game of two halves, Kilcock found themselves a goal down after Clane scored with their only real chance of the opening 45 minutes, a lovely sweet strike that found the back of Aaron Stone’s net. Rooney’s charges for their part were guilty of missing some very scorable opportunities early on and went in at the break 1-0 down.
Whatever clever tactical changes were made by Rooney and his management team during the interval seemed to work wonders however as they began to take control of the game, going on to score four unanswered goals, including ‘another’ hatrick for the magnificent Fitzgerald.
After the game a delighted Rooney said; “The full squad played their part in what was a fantastic win. We can now look forward to the final. It will be the first final our senior team will be taking part in for seven years. Fair play to the lads, they are playing a lovely style of football at the moment and we are getting our just rewards.”
Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly have been invited to train with an extended Kildare Senior Football panel over the coming months in preperation for the 2018 season.
Both men played a vital part in Kilcock reaching the Intermediate final, where they eventually fell to an impressive Raheens side.
The pair have previous inter county experience with Courtney a member of the 2015 Leinster minor winning side, where he lined out in midfield. Corner back Powderly was part of O’Neill’s senior panel in 2015 before suffering a cruciate ligament injury but to his credit he made a remarkable recovery in returning to full fitness to aid Kilcock’s run to the recent county final.
Only this week Emmet Bolton retired from inter-county action and O’Neill will be looking replace him and any future losses by blooding some more youth as his side look to close the gap on Dublin in the coming years.
Ciaran Kilduff has been named on the NASL team of the week for the second time since his move Stateside from Dundalk to Jacksonville Armada FC.
Kilduff was a shoe in for one of the positions upfront following his brace away to New York Cosmos last Sunday night. He has been named alongside another former League of Ireland player Eamon Zayed. The pair once played together at Shamrock Rovers.
The Armada’s new number 9, Kilduff, gave his side the lead in The Big Apple after just 13 minutes before doubling their lead just before half time. He was also joined on the team by his team mate Kalen Ryden at centre half.
The Cosmos did put some dampner on the night for the big Kilcock man, fighting back from 3-0 down to snach a draw (3-3) in added time.
Preperations are being fine-tuned for Kilcock Gaa Clubs’ biggest night of the year.
It’s the Lip Sync Battles Ireland Kilcock style. It takes place in the club on Saturday, September 30th.
It’s a huge fund-raising event. The launch took place in the club house the same night Rory’s Stories put on a magnificent show.
Kilcock Gaa have been at the heart of the community since as far back as 1887. They were one of the first clubs to affiliate under Gaa rules in Kildare along with Clane, Carbury and Monasterevan, just two and a half years after the association was founded in Thurles.
They have top class facilities at their Branganstown home, including their splendid clubhouse with its fabulous sports hall. The pitches at their HQ are rarely silent.
The club are putting in the work in football, hurling and camogie and are marching towards the future with confidence. The Lip Sync spectacular will help to keep the home fires burning.
Make sure to get your tickets soon before the ‘Sold Out’ signs are put up!!!
Kilcock’s Ciarán Kilduff recently joined the Jacksonville Armada FC, but he has certainly endeared himself to the club’s faithful in short order. The Irish forward has scored three goals in his last two games, including a pair of tallies in a 3-3 draw with the New York Cosmos on Sunday night. Kilduff was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week for his two-goal performance, the league announced Monday.
Jacksonville jumped ahead of the Cosmos early in the club’s contest at MCU Park and it was Kilduff that led the charge. The native of Kilcock, Ireland, opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Jack Blake’s corner kick made its way through a crowd of bodies before Kalen Ryden headed the ball towards Kilduff. The Irishman’s effort came off the cross bar, but the ball bounced just over the line for the opening tally.
The forward showed his work rate away from goal to earn his second goal of the contest. He dispossessed Cosmos midfielder Danny Szetela and drove towards the goal before sending his low effort through goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck’s legs in the 41st minute. The 28-year-old now has three goals in four appearances for the club.
The action on the field, though, was certainly far from over in Brooklyn. Blake tacked on a third goal for the visitors in the 65th minute before a tremendous turnaround by the defending champions.
Javi Márquez pulled a goal back for New York in the 79th minute after a lovely chipped pass from the reigning NASL Golden Ball winner Juan Arango. Just ten minutes later, Eugene Starikov headed home a cross from Ayoze, who then played provider again deep into stoppage time. Ayoze found Juan Guerra, who cut in from the left and fired a shot that left Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell rooted to the spot.
While Jacksonville didn’t leave New York with all three points, Kilduff’s effort helped the club extend its road unbeaten streak to three games. Jacksonville currently sits in the final position for The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament, which gets underway in November
Kilcock have been drawn to play Monasterevan in the semi final of the Kildare Intermediate football championship.
Declan Gibbons men reached the last four after a 1-11 to 1-8 victory over Ballyteague in Hawkfield on Sunday evening.
A game that looked like it was going to be a routine win for the North Kildare men when they led 1-9 to 0-4 midway through the second half, turned into a nervous ending as Ballyteague rallied with a flutter of scores including a penalty. Willie Bright kicked a couple of late points to settle those nerves and put his team within one win of the county final.
Standing in their way though is a dogged but decent Monasterevan team who defeated Suncroft 3-10 to 0-11 in the last of this weekends quarter finals.
Kilcock avoided favourites Raheens, who were pitted against another useful side Clogherinkoe in the other semi final.
It’s a difficult one to call now, with little to seperate all four sides but one thing is for sure whoever does turn senior in the next few weeks will have worked hard for it.
I fancied Raheens from the start and after a diappointing loss to Kilcock in round 2, they bounced back with two impressive wins against Rathangan and St.Kevins. For that reason I am sticking with them to be playing in the senior championship in 2018.