Four Kilcock players on Intermediate team of the year

Kildare Intermediate football finalists Kilcock have had four players named on the ‘Kildare Nationalist Intermediate team of the year 2017′.

Declan Gibbons’ team are represented by defender Jason Gibbons at wing back, Daniel Courtney at midfield, David Duke at wing forward and Ciaran Murray at full forward.

The team was compiled by the Sport’s Editor of The Kildare Nationalist Ger McNally and also includes eight players from champions Raheens, two from Clogherinkoe and one from Monasterevan.

Gibbons enjoyed a fine full first season at adult level, having gained some experience in 2016 after helping the Kildare minors to Leinster championship glory in the summer. Courtney was pivotal in Kilcock’s run to the final from both half back and midfield, with his powerful runs through the middle a regular sight in every round. He has since been called up to train with Cian O’Neill’s Kildare.

David Duke had an excellent season after converting to wing forward and chipped in with some fine points, especially against Raheens in round 2. Murray really came to prominence when the competition reached the knock out stages and was the vocal point for every Kilcock attack, netting his 4th goal of the championship in the final. Had the referee rewarded his hard work with some frees in the showpiece, Kilcock may well have taken the cup home!!

McNally’s side is a fair reflection on what was another very enjoyable Kildare IFC and if I was to make any additions from the men in green and gold I would have to go for Fearghal O’Brien and Conor Caulfield.

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Kilcock To Face Monasterevan In Last Four

Kilcock have been drawn to play Monasterevan in the semi final of the Kildare Intermediate football championship.
Declan Gibbons men reached the last four after a 1-11 to 1-8 victory over Ballyteague in Hawkfield on Sunday evening. 

A game that looked like it was going to be a routine win for the North Kildare men when they led 1-9 to 0-4 midway through the second half, turned into a nervous ending as Ballyteague rallied with a flutter of scores including a penalty. Willie Bright kicked a couple of late points to settle those nerves and put his team within one win of the county final.

Standing in their way though is a dogged but decent Monasterevan team who defeated Suncroft 3-10 to 0-11 in the last of this weekends quarter finals.

Kilcock avoided favourites Raheens, who were pitted against another useful side Clogherinkoe in the other semi final. 
It’s a difficult one to call now, with little to seperate all four sides but one thing is for sure whoever does turn senior in the next few weeks will have worked hard for it. 

I fancied Raheens from the start and after a diappointing loss to Kilcock in round 2, they bounced back with two impressive wins against Rathangan and St.Kevins. For that reason I am sticking with them to be playing in the senior championship in 2018.