South Leinster Junior Football Q/F
Kilcock 7-17 Enniscorthy 0-5
The people of Kilcock will have plenty of reasons to take interest in the upcoming 2019 League of Ireland First Division season with four lads from the town now signed up to three of the clubs involved.
The latest of these is Laragh’s very own Patrick O’Sullivan who has put pen to paper on a deal with the Longford Town senior squad for 2019. O’Sullivan joins Neale Fenn’s team from the clubs Academy.
A spokesperson from the Midlanders Academy congratulated the 6th year Scoil Dara Kilcock student on their Facebook page last night; “We would like to congratulate Patrick O’Sullivan for signing for our senior squad this season. Patrick played with our U17s during the 2017 season and last season played with our 19s. From all the coaches at the Academy we want to wish him and the lads all the best in the coming Season”
O’Sullivan will come up against some very familiar faces over the course of the season with Ciaran Kilduff now at Shelbourne and Aaron Brilly and Nathan Doyle both at Athlone Town. * ‘El Classico’ is certainly one game yours truly will be attending this season!
O’Sullivan is also a very talented Gaa player and has represented Kilcock at all ages with aplomb. First and foremost though he is yet another graduate of the excellent Kilcock Celtic Academy. Fair play to the club on all the talent they have produced and continue to produce up at The Bawnouge.
*El Classico – The name given to the meeting of midland rivals Athlone Town and Longford Town.
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.
Moorefield 2-12 Kilcock 2-6
Kildare Ladies SFL Div2 in Moorefield
Despite a brace of Aisling O’Connor goals and an overall spirited team performance, a youthful Kilcock side finally succumbed to their more experienced hosts in Moorefield on Tuesday night? April 4th.
Missing a few first team regulars, Kilcock took a while to settle and were 1-1 in arrears within the first few minutes before O’Connor settled nerves with her first goal of the night.
Scores were hard to come by for the remainder of the half and it was Moorefield who found the majority of the ones that did come about to lead 1-5 to 1-1 at the break.
The powerful strong running O’Connor struck for her and Kilcock’s second goal after the break to leave only two points between the teams.
But despite points from Laura Ward, Lorna Murray, Eve Powderly (2) and O’Connor herself, the Martin Maguire/Martin Kiely trained side never got close enough as Moorefield ran out 2-12 to 2-6 winners.
Best for Kilcock were Emma Maguire, Hayley White and Aisling O’Connor
Kilcock face Naas next week in Kilcock as they look to get their league campaign back on track.
Kilcock 5-13 Celbridge 2-11
Paul O’Brien produced a scintillating display at Kilcock Gaa on Monday night to ensure that Kilcock’s 2nd team got their Senior B division one league campaign off to a winning start against Celbridge.
The experienced, pacey forward hit a hat-trick of goals and also contributed two points as Padraic Carroll’s side got the better of their well fancied neighbours in their first game back in the top tier.
Two of O’Brien’s goals came in the first half, the second an unstoppable effort when one on one with the Celbridge net minder. Daragh McArdle netted the third and with points from the midfield duo of Chris McCarthy and Darren Byrne (2) along with an O’Brien free, the men in green and gold lead 3-4 to 0-4 at half time.
Kilcock took up where they left off upon the resumption and ended the game as a contest when debutant Conor Dewe Stokes tapped home a goal after some smart build up play from a number of his team mates including the star of the show O’Brien.
Celbridge rallied somewhat and struck two goals of their own but were dealt another blow when O’Brien completed his hat-trick to land Kilcock’s fifth. Further points from McArdle (3), Ronan Mulligan, Cian Mulhall (2), O’Brien, Byrne and substitute Michael Stokes wrapped up proceedings as Kilcock ran out eleven point winners, 5-13 to 2-11.
There was an added special moment on the night when Michael Stokes came on to play alongside Conor. It’s been a long time since there was a father/son combination on the field at the same time for Kilcock.
In addition it was clearly visible to see that many of the Kilcock lads were playing for their places in the upcoming SFL Div2 game at home to Johnstownbridge and there’s no doubting O’Brien will have caught Declan Gibbons’ attentions.
Moynalvely man Hugh O’Sullivan was successful with four of his conversions in Ireland U-19s 50-31 win over Japan in Donnybrook at the weekend
The Belvedere college scrumhalf, who recently lead his school to Leinster Senior Cup glory, was busy with the boot as his team mates crossed over for eight tries.
O’Sullivan will be hoping to continue his progress through the International ranks and to one day follow in the footsteps of fellow Moynalvey man Devin Toner and star for the Irish senior team.
And as the Irish Daily Star reported last week; “There must be something in the water in Moynalvey”.
His older brother Cillian is currently a regular on Andy McEntee’s starting 15 for the Meath senior footballers, while fellow sibling Mark has represented his county in both football and hurling.