Perfect 5 for Scoil Dara’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock fielded a Junior Rugby side for the first time ever today, when they travelled to Barnhall Rugby Club for a Junior blitz.

The lads, trained by Niall McCann and Mr Fanciulli, played five games, amazingly winning all five. Local rivals Maynooth Post Primary were one of the teams dispatched, along with Dunlavin, Confey, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Celbridge Community School.

Scoil Dara also has a senior squad in the school but it’ the first time the school has played a game.

Niall McCann spoke to extratimesportlive.com in the aftermath of the school’s flying start; “There was some great rugby played this morning by the lads in Barnhall. We had two teams from the North Kildare RFC area taking part, both Maynooth PPS and Scoil Dara. It was extra special for Scoil dara as they were fielding a rugby team for the first time. Fair play to the lads, it’s a great start and their is some decent talent after been unearthed.”

Scoil Dara would be more notable for producing Gaa and soccer stars through the years but maybe just maybe instead of a future Ciaran Kilduff or Ciaran Fitzpatrick, we might see the next Johnny Sexton coming out those green gates!!

As a past pupil the only rugby yours truly played there was 30v30 on the tarmac of the basketball courts at lunchtime. Needless to say that didn’t last long after a couple of ambulance appearances.

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Courtney could be what the doctor ordered for Kildare

Daniel Courtney & Eoin Powderly after today’s win over Westmeath

Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly both lined out for the Kildare senior footballers today in a 1-19 to 1-11 victory over Westmeath in Kilcullen.
After being called up to the panel in October, the pair got their first few minutes of action in the Kildare jersey this year, ahead of the 2018 season. 

The Lilywhites were playing the Midlanders to mark the turning on of Kilcullen’s new floodlights. Courtney started at wing-back and put in a fine display, bombing forward at every available opportunity, chipping in with a point from play in the process. Manager Cian O’Neill will be looking to unearth a few new faces over the coming months and Courtney could well be the answer to his call.

Powderly, who was part of Cian O’Neill’s plans in 2016 before he suffered a cruciate injury, was brought on at half-time at corner back and also put in a impressive performance. 

Kildare start their O’Byrne Cup campaign in three weeks and we wish the lads all the best. We will have updates on the lads throughout the 2018 season. 

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!!

Thompson Fires Kilcock Celtic Into u15 Final

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Kilcock Celtic u15s starting 11 v Kilcullen

Striker Adam Thompson struck a brace of goals in Kilcock Celtic U-15s 2-1 semi-final victory over Kilcullen AFC on Thursday night last, firing his side into the shield final in the process.

Thompson’s goals (one from the penalty spot and one from a close-range freekick) were the only difference between two evenly matched teams in the end, in what proved to be an enthralling game throughout, played in a lovely late evening sun.

The Celtics now go on to face neighbours Prosperous in the final at the Toughers Pitches, with a date and time yet to be confirmed.

All the management and players urge the people of Kilcock to show their support when the final date is set.

Best of luck to all involved from myself, Robert Cox at http://www.extratimesportlive.com

 

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Thompson (9) in action for Kilcock Celtic earlier on in the season.