South Leinster Junior Football Q/F
Kilcock 7-17 Enniscorthy 0-5
Kilcock Gaa Club players Jason Gibbons and Daniel Courntey have been named on a 31 man panel for Maynooth University’s upcoming Sigerson Cup campaign.
Gibbons comes into the panel on the back of three substitute appearances for the Kildare senior footballers in the O’Byrne Cup, not to mention helping the Kildare u20s to All-Ireland glory last year with victory over Mayo in the final.
Courtney on the other hand has had the winter free from any inter county action and will no doubt be itching to see action in what is one of the highest levels of Gaa around.
Both men are sure to feature prominitely for the North Kildare college, who start with a very tricky tie away to Queens University college this coming Sunday, January 20th. They are joined on the panel by a whole host of fellow Kildare players including Jimmy Hyland, Mark Hyland, Niall O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Podge Fogarty, Paddy Brophy, Jack Cully, Robbie Hyland, David Malone, Joey Higgins, Stephen Comerford and Ruadhan O’Giollain.
Meath’s sole representative is the talented Ethan Devine from Na Fianna.
Despite been named on the panel, Johnstownbridge man Daniel Flynn is unlikely to feature at any stage as he is currently in America.
Check out the full panel below.
A goal from Kilcock man Larry McCormack helped Kildare to a 1-7 to 0-7 win over Kerry on the one and only ocassion they defeated the men from the Kingdom in their own backyard back in 1954.
Cian O’Neill and his current crop of Lilys head South to face Kerry today knowing anything less than a victory would send them straight back down to Division 2 and as you can see history is not really on their side!
Despite Kildare beating today’s opponents more recently in St.Conleth’s Park and famously beating them in the 1998 All-Ireland semi final, 1954 still remains the one and only time they left The Kingdom with victory. Maybe St.Patrick’s Day can stir up something special. It will have to if Kildare are to have any chance of avoiding relegation. Ohh to have Larry McCormack back in the ranks!!
The footballers of Kilcock Gaa make a return to the Aldridge Cup this weekend for the first time since 2011.
The pre season tournent which is for senior championship teams in Kildare, will this year make a little bit of history by including a team from the Intermediate ranks, Kilcock.
Declan Gibbons’ men will take the place of Moorefield, who only last weekend lost out in the All-Ireland semi final to Corofin and who will feel they deserve a well earned rest.
Kilcock take their place on account of finishing 2017 as beaten Intermediate finalists to Raheens. Gibbons and his young side will see it as ideal preperation for the year ahead, with the quality of opposition sure to be a lot higher than they faced in recent years, starting with Naas on Saturday.
With the main pitch closed in Kilcock Gaa for the next few weeks, the game is likely to take place in the local secondary school, Scoil Dara.
Kilcock haven’t competed at the top table since they were relegated in 2011.
Aside from the men’s return to competitive action, the u17s also begin their season, while the ladies footballer’s take part in Na Fianna’s Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament.
Shane Smullen’s Ladies start at 10am on Saturday with a game vs Na Fianna and they take on Carbury in their second game.
The aforementioned u17s get their league campaign underway against Athy down in Athy on Sunday.
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Former Kildare minor and u21 footballer Rory Feely has signed for newly promoted Waterford FC ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division season.
Feely, who ie now focusing on soccer despite being a promising Gaelic footballer with Kildare, scored 1-1 against Dublin in the Leinster minor semi-final as the Lilywhites went on to become provincial champions in 2015, before losing an All-Ireland semi-final to Tipperary.
Kilcock’s Eoin Powderly and Daniel Courtney have been named in the Kildare starting fifteen for tomorrow nights O’Byrne Cup 2nd round tie with Louth, which takes place in Hawkfield, with a throw in time of 8pm.
Manager Cian O’Neill has handed Courtney his senior inter-county debut at wing back after impressing there in some recent challenge games, while in Powderly’s case, the pacey defender has been recalled to the panel after missing 2017 with a cruciate ligament injury and will start at corner back for the meeting of the men from the Wee County.
Elsewhere, promising Carbury teenager Aaron O’Neill will also make his competitive debut in goal, as will Celbridge defender Kevin Flynn at wing back.
O’Neill has named a relatively strong looking team, with plenty of scoring threat upfront in the shape of Clane’s Brian McLaughlin and Two Mile House sharpshooter Chris Healy.
Kildare should get their 2018 season off to a winning start at the expense of Pete McGrath’s Louth, especially if 2017 player of the year Kevin Feely carries that form into the new season.