Kilcock’s Nairn named on Kildare Minor team

Kildare minor football team to face Carlow

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.  

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Kilcock Ladies defeated in Moorefield

Aisling O’Connor who scored Kilcock’s two goals.

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.

O’Brien on fire as Kilcock romp to victory.

Paul O’Brien in action for Kilcock senior footballers.

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. 

O’Brien in action v Celbridge last night.

Moynalvey’s O’Sullivan Lands Four Conversions In Irish Victory

Hugh O’Sullivan in action for Belvedere College.

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. 

Powderly Hits Treble In Kilcock Draw

Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

A second half Eve Powderly hat-trick helped Kilcock Senior Ladies secure a draw against old foes Carbury in their re-arranged SFL division 2 tie in Kilcock today, Sunday March 26th.

Trailing by eight points heading into the final ten minutes of the game Powderly and her team mates showed a great fighting spirit to battle back and were duly rewarded when the impressive Aisling O’Connor found the net with the final piece of action of a pulsating game, curling her effort in off the post after forging her way through a whole host of blue and yellow jerseys. 

Kilcock were playing their first game of 2017 due to adverse weather conditions leading to unplayable pitches while the visitors were competing in their third match of the campaign and this showed in the first half as Carbury settled the quicker and went on to lead at half time by 6 points, 1-6 to 0-3. All this and having had the disadvantage of playing into a strong wind. Eve Powderly, Emma Robinson and Grace White raised the white flag for Kilcock, with Robinson having a goal disallowed for fisting the ball straight into the net.

Kilcock came flying out of the blocks in the 2nd period with Powderly firing a left footed shot to the back of the net straight from the throw in.

The two sides traded scores in a tense battle with Lorna Murray, Sheena Byrne, Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan pointing into the wind. 

At the other end Catherine O’Malley and Wiggy kept Carbury’s noses just infront and the duo looked to have put the game beyond doubt when they combined for O’Malley to blast the ball to the back of Eimear Kelly’s net, despite the latters best efforts to keep it out. At this stage there were eight points in it and Carbury looked to have secured the points but rule out this Kilcock side at your peril!!

Pushed on from the back by player of the game Emma Maguire, Kilcock rallied and late goals from Powderly (2) along with O’Connor’s winner helped them snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat. 

Eimear Kelly was solid in goals, pulling off some crucial saves and finding her team mates with a high percentage of her kickouts. Emma Maguire lead by example at centre back while Caoimhe Fagan used her engine to cover serious ground throughout in midfield. Upfront Aisling O’Connor and the hat-trick hero Powderly got the required scores needed to salvage an important draw. A special mention to debutants Brianne Traynor, (who started wing back and put in a fine display) Charley Burke, (who also started) Aoife McArdle and Sarah Lavin from the bench. 

Final score Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

Kilcock play Clane on Tuesday next in Kilcock.

Blackhall & Moynalvey To Meet In Group Of Death

Neighbours Blackhall Gaels and Moynalvey have been drawn together in Group B of the newly sponsored ‘Fairyhouse Steel Meath SFC’ for 2017.

The two south Meath clubs will also face off against a quartet of high profile sides in defending champions Simonstown Gaels, Navan O’Mahonys, Seneschalstown and 2016 Intermediate winners St. Colmcilles.

The Kilcloon/Baterstown combination will play O’Mahonys in round one, while Darren Fay’s Moynalvey will face Seneschalstown. 

Dates TBC.

In the Meath SHC draw Blackhall Gaels were also handed a tough draw in Group B where they will do battle with champions Kiltale, Kildalkey, Killyon, Boardsmill and Dunderry.

Cillian O’Sullivan will be important to Moynalvey’s chances of progression from Group B.

Author Robert Cox

March 6th 2017