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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.