O’Connell Signs For Shels

Former Kilcock Celtic player Adam O’Connell has signed for Shelbourne football clubs U19s.

O’Connell, who was last year part of Longford Town’s U19 panel under the guidance of fellow Kilcock man Brendan Rooney (coach) has rekindled that partnership following this move to Tolka Park.

Rooney joined Wayne Groves on the management team at Shels late last year and the pair continuing to piece together their desired squad. 

O’Connell has joined at the same time as fellow youngsters Cian McGarry and Gabi Aghinita.

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Rooney Joins Shelbourne

Kilcock man Brendan Rooney has joined Wayne Groves coaching team at Shelbourne FC u19s for the coming League of Ireland season.

Groves was tonight announced as manager of Shels promising underage team, with Rooney once again joining up with him, with the pair having previously worked together last season, rather succesfully, at Longford Town u19s. 

Speaking to an excited Rooney tonight, the Down native said; “I am delighted to be getting involved at a club with such a strong history as Shelbournes’. They may have gone through a difficult time of late but in my opinion they are a sleeping giant. A bit similar to Leeds United at the moment. Only a matter of time before they are back in the big time and I am itching to get going, to play my part in that.” 

Rooney added; “I am grateful that I am getting the chance to work alongside Wayne again as we had a great partnership at Longford Town last season.”

Kilcock Celtic Youngsters Impress At Longford Town

Six players from Kilcock Celtics’ league winning u17 premier team were invited down to train with Longford Town in the last couple of weeks and left with their reputations enhanced after impressing manager Wayne Groves.

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Adam O’Connell, Lee Loughnane & Remi Kareen after Longford Town training.

Kilcock man Brendan Rooney, who is part of Groves’ coaching staff, brought the lads down to give them a chance to train with the Airtricity Premier League clubs’ u19 team and the six, Fionn Talbot, Dylan Bradley, Josh Sherlock, Adam O’Connell, Lee Loughnane and Remi Kareen didn’t let him down. Rooney said; “I am on the coaching staff, Wayne Groves is the manager, he is ex St.Kevins . I took them down to train and give them a chance and Wayne told them during the week that he would like to keep them training, with a view to signing in the future”.

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Fionn Talbot, Josh Sherlock & Dylan Bradley after their session with Longford Town.

It would come as no surprise to see some of these lads strutting their stuff at the top-level of Irish football in the next few years, following in the footsteps of fellow Kilcock men Aaron Brilly (Cabinteely FC) and Ciaran Kilduff (Dundalk). Id addition to this Brian McNamara is currently banging them in for American side Nashville FC.