Apollo 13 as Kilcock leave Moone with mission complete

Lumsden League Cup Rd 1:

Moone Celtic 6-7 Kilcock Celtic (AET) 

Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April the 11th 1970 from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida but the Lunar landing was aborted 2 days later following an oxygen tank explosion….

Fast forward 47 years and Kilcock Celtic senior footballers had a mission of their own to try and complete on a visit to a Moone of different sorts. Al Myles men faced division 2 side Moone Celtic in round 1 of the Lumsden League cup and after sharing 13 goals the away side finally returned home with their the name in the hat for round 2. 

From the early stages of the first half to the later stages of the 2nd period of extra-time the Celtics were made to work hard for the result from Moone and according to Myles his side could have have easily lost the game. 

Myles said; “On any other day we could have lost that game but we manged to battle on for the 110 minutes of the match and somehow came away with the result and a not such a safe passage into round 2”. 

Despite the concession of 6 goals, Kilcock can be very thankful to goalie Aaron Stone who pulled off two great saves to keep out the Moone attack late on with the tie very much in the melting pot.

If Myles and his men want to progress any further in the League cup they will need to make a massive improvement, especially at the back and will also need to shut out the game when it is required.

Once again the mecurial Shane Fitzgerald was on the score sheet with a brace, while Mark Munnelly (2) and Remi Kareem (2) were also on target before Michael Shaw calmly slotted home a penalty in extra time to secure the win.

Apollo 13 was a failed mission all them years ago and Al Myles will be quick to bring his players back down to earth following such a mixed mission in Moone on Sunday but at the end of the day his side are through to the next round of the cup. In anyones language, that’s mission complete. 

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

Downey’s trip to Cork worth every Penny

Robbie Downey with connections of ‘Miss Power’ after victory at Naas on May 1st.

Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey picked up his 2nd win in the month of May when he guided Mademoiselle Penny to victory at Cork on Saturday, May 6th.

Having gone through a barren spell of three months without success, Downey returned to the winners enclosure with Miss Power (7/1) for Edward Lynam on bank holiday Monday in a 5f handicap before adding to his roll of honour at Cork on Saturday. 

The Patrick Flynn trained Mademoiselle Penny (9/2 2Fav) went 2 lengths clear inside the final furlong before drifting left under pressure but held on ahead of Alcander back in 2nd, with Jazz Ranger back in 3rd. 

Downey will be hoping this is the start of a winning run as he continues his quest to reach his first 100 winners. He currently lies on 75. 

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.  

Deirbhle Mulvihill crowned 2017 Kildare Rose

Kilcock woman Deirbhle Mulvihill was named as the 2017 Kildare Rose at The Westgrove Hotel Clane on Saturday night last, 15th April.

Deirbhle who plays as a corner forward for the footballers of Cappagh and teaches Geography and Business at Clongowes Wood College will now represent County Kildare at the Rose of Tralee festival in The Dome, Tralee next August.

The Abbeyfield resident was in shock for sometime after the announcement and said; “It’s like I am fast asleep and in a dreamland. I promise to do the Lillies proud.”

Deirbhle’s family and friends didn’t waste any time in swarming the stage, with her father Niall showing his pride and emotion with an abundance of hugs and kisses.

The former student of Mulhussey NS County Meath and Scoil Dara Kilcock wowed the crowd and judges with her party piece, a tune on the tin whistle, her gift of the gab and of course the way she carried her natural beauty throughout.

Deirbhle was sponsored by Marron’s Pharmacy in Clane.

Best of luck Deirbhle from Robert at ExtraTimeSportLive.Com 

No bridge too far for Kilcock

Kilcock captain Shane Stone with his JTB counterpart and referee Liam Herbert

Kilcock 0-11 Johnstownbridge 0-9

Kildare SFL Div 2 Round 2

Kilcock Intermediate footballers hit six of the last seven points to capture a famous 0-11 to 0-9 victory over their Senior neighbours Johnstownbridge at Kilcock Gaa on Tuesday night April 4th.

Trailing by three points (8-5) with fifteen minutes remaining Declan Gibbons’ men slowly began to gain control of the game but it took some Shane O’Rourke magic to really turn the tide, with the corner forward hitting three points in a row in a five minute blitz.

With his side back to within two points, the mecurial O’Rourke tapped over a straight forward free to leave the minimum between the sides before bringing the game level off his right foot and kicking his side into the lead off his left foot. It truly was an amazing individual five minutes for O’Rourke.

The Duke brothers David and Cian insured victory with a point each from similar angles and despite a late onslaught from JTB in an effort to summon the goal that would have levelled the game, (they managed a late consolation point) Kilcock held on for a massive win by two points, (11-9) much to the delight of the large home support in attendance.

Ist Half With a near full strength panel at their disposal, Kilcock started like a team that meant business and one that wanted to put their disappointing round one loss to Straffan behind them but it was the visitors who took their chances early on to go two points up after thirteen minutes with a brace from former county player Sean Hurley.

It took Kilcock fourteen minutes to turn their hard work into scores, with the hosts hitting three unanswered points through O’Rourke, Ciaran Murray and Eoin McArdle. Hurley hit his 3rd before McArdle recaptured Kilcock’s lead on 28 minutes. JTB hit a point late on to leave the sides level at 4 points apiece at the break.

2nd Half JTB controlled the opening exchanges of the 2nd half and heading into the final quarter it looked as if their experience at senior level was going to be the difference as they went into a 8-5 lead with 15 minutes left on the clock but Kilcock had other ideas.

Eoin McArdle and Willie Bright had kept them in touch during JTB’s period of dominance with a point each which allowed O’Rourke to turn on the class in a scintillating 5 minute spell that JTB failed to recover from. And with that Kilcock held on for the crucial two league points and bragging rights over their rivals for the forseeable future with an 11 points to 9 victory.

O’Rourke may take all the plaudits for kicking the crucial scores but the passionate performance from the whole panel was one this reporter hasn’t seen in green and gold in a long time. Mark Durkan played like a man possessed at the back while Daniel Courtney, David Duke, Jason Gibbons and Conor Sheridan didn’t give their men an inch.

Eoin McArdle kept the scoreboard ticking over uptfront but his brother Daragh’s workrate was phenomonal all night. He showed during every attack and made the ball stick to him, bringing others into play with a cleverness beyond his years.

Strange The only question mark on the night was the decision to substitute goalie Shane Stone for the 2nd league game running, despite the no.1 not conceding a goal in either game. Replacement Fionn Talbot did do well when he came on but it’s rarely you’ll see it. Kilcock wont mind they took home the spoils and will now look forward to their next game v Allenwood.

Shane O’Rourke in action for Kilcock

Kilcock Scorers: Shane O’Rourke 0-4, Eoin McArdle 0-3, Willie Bright 0-1, Ciaran Murray 0-1, Cian Duke 0-1, David Duke 0-1

Cappagh Kick Centenary Year Off In Style

Cappagh sporting their new jerseys prior to the Kildangan game.

Kildare SFL Div 4:

Cappagh 4-11  Kildangan 0-5

By Robert Cox

Cappagh Gaa Club’s adult mens footballers got their Centenary Year celebrations off to a winning start with victory in round one of the 2017 Division 4 League at home to Kildangan on Tuesday night, March 28th.

Sporting their new jerseys, specially designed to mark the 100 year anniversary, the men in red & white (and a bit of blue) dominated proceedings throughout and lead 2-6 to 0-4 at the break in front of a large home support.

Second half goals from Chris Murray and Eoin Leonard added an extra gloss to the scoreboard along with points from Dean Brennan, Thomas Jackman and the aforementioned Leonard but it was the overall signs of team spirit and general team performance that will delight management the most, along with their sides hard work in tracking back and support of the man in possession.

Cappagh ran out easy 18 point winners in the end, with Brian Kelly and Caoimh McAuley making their debuts. They were also delighted to welcome back Aaron Maher and Geoff Flanagan to the fold.

Cappagh would like to thank their main sponsor Joe Mallon Motors of Naas and Portlaoise for their continued support and are delighted to have them on this special centenary jersey.

Speaking to a club rep after Tuesday’s victory they said; “The very first Cappagh jersey 100 years ago was blue with a white sash so for our centenary we have incorporated a spot of blue into our now traditional Cappagh Red & White hoops. Our new goalkeeper jersey is based on the original”.