Longford Town u19s took home the inaugural Frank O’Connor Cup with an 8-4 victory over Kilcock Celtic in testing weather conditions on the Maynooth University astro turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.
The game, which was originally postponed in January due to an unplayable Kilcock Celtic pitch, produced some fantastic attacking football from both teams in the first half, with Longford edging it 4-3 at the break.
Both sides made a raft of changes in personel at half time, before emptying their benches throughout the second half as the two teams continue their pre season preperations for their respective league campaigns.
It was the League of Ireland outfit who used their experience competing at a higher level, to capitalise in the second half to come away winners on a full time score of 8-4.
Kilcock Celtic Chairman Shane Thompson spoke after the game; “Thanks again to all at Longford Town. Hopefully we can build on our friendship in the coming years. A special thanks to the O’connor family for sponsoring the cup and cheers to everyone who turned up despite the baltic conditions, to support both teams. Thanks to Longford Town u19s who fielded their strongest available team in honour of the late Frank O’Connor.”
Former Kilcock Celtic pair Patrick O’Sullivan and Josh Sherlock were involved for Longford Town.
Athlone Town AFC manager Aaron Callaghan has added Meath man Aaron Williams to his squad ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland season.
Williams, who is from Summerhill and previously played for the local team Parkceltic Summerhill FC, was on the scoresheet in Athlone’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers last week, a game that finished in a 3-3 draw.
He joins fellow Aaron, Aaron Brilly from neighbouring town Kilcock at the midlanders as they look to compete in the top half of the first division table over the coming months.
Both men attended Scoil Dara Kilcock, a school that has produced several League of Ireland players including Shane Barrett, Ciaran Kilduff and Shane Fitzgerald.
Keep an eye out on all my social media platforms over the coming months to follow the pairs fortunes.
Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly has re-signed for League of Ireland first division side Athlone Town ahead of the forthcoming 2018 season.
Brilly, who left the midlanders halfway through last season for Home Farm FC, following some problems within the club, rejoins a club that are hoping for an upturn in fortunes under new manager Aaron Callaghan.
The club have been putting together a panel of players behind the scenes over the past number of weeks, with the full identity of the squad only to be released tonight.
Brilly has previously played in the League of Ireland with Longford Town and Cabinteely, as well as enjoying a spell with Newry City, so he brings with him experience beyond his years to Callaghan’s new side.
Athlone have recently played Ashbourne, Lucan United and Shamrock Rovers in pre season games, games Brilly is believed to have been involved in.
Kilcock teenage duo Josh Fogarty and Darragh Confrey have signed for the Longford Town u17s for the upcoming 2018 season.
The former Kilcock Celtic youth players both put pen to paper alongside their new manager James Dermody on Sunday afternoon.
Kilcock Celtic have a proud record of producing talented players that have come up through their ranks with Ciaran Kilduff, Aaorn Brilly and Shane Fitzgerald all donning the green and white hoops at some stage in their younger years, with Fizgerald currently back at his hometown club after stints at Galway United and UCD.
Today’s double signing brings to eleven the number of Celtic players who have moved on to Longford Town at u17 and u19 level.
Aaron Brilly has tonight signed on for another season at League of Ireland Division One side Cabinteely FC.
Brilly, who captained the South Dublin side for the majority of last season, will now prepare for his 3rd campaign and look to build on his already record number of appearances at Cabo.
The Kilcock native has progressed steadily during his two years, helping his side finish one position better off in season two in comparison to their maiden year in the League of Ireland, where they finished bottom of the pile.
Brilly went on to represent his country midway through 2016, becoming a permanent fixture for Ireland’s University and College’s team.