Kilduff named on NASL team of the week

Ciaran Kilduff has been named on the NASL team of the week for the second time since his move Stateside from Dundalk to Jacksonville Armada FC.

Kilduff was a shoe in for one of the positions upfront following his brace away to New York Cosmos last Sunday night. He has been named alongside another former League of Ireland player Eamon Zayed. The pair once played together at Shamrock Rovers.

The Armada’s new number 9, Kilduff, gave his side the lead in The Big Apple after just 13 minutes before doubling their lead just before half time. He was also joined on the team by his team mate Kalen Ryden at centre half.  

The Cosmos did put some dampner on the night for the big Kilcock man, fighting back from 3-0 down to snach a draw (3-3) in added time. 

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Kilduff Looks Forward To American Adventure

Dundalk FC striker Ciaran Kilduff has left the defending League of Ireland champions to move to American NASL side the Jacksonville Armada FC.

Kilduff, who scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for the lilywhites, including the match winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League group stages, the first ever win for an Irish side in European competition, leaves Dundalk on good terms and reflects on his two years at club as the best of his career.

“It has been the best two years of my football career,” Kilduff told Dundalk’s official club website.

“There’s no other way to describe it. It has been the best dressing room, the best staff, best management team that I have been involved with. I have had some really great moments personally, individually and collectively as a team with the club.

“I have had some bad moments as well with some injuries too. It was eventful along the way.

“I am just really happy to have been a part of something which has been so great. There was so many great nights and moments for us. To be part of it is something that I will always be proud of.

“Dundalk has been an amazing story in Irish football in the last five-six years from where they came from to where they are now. I am just so happy and proud to have been part of it.”

Kilduff said that his move to the Armada was a ‘now or never’ opportunity for him and his family, and that he’ll be looking to try and emulate former Shamrock Rovers teammate Richie Ryan’s move from the Hoops to the NASL.

“For me, I will always look back at this as the greatest two years in Ireland,” added Kilduff.

“This is something which is completely out of left field. It is something which has interested me in maybe the last year or so if the opportunity came. I have a young family so the timing seems right for me.

“When my daughter gets a little older and gets to school going age things will have to change so I felt that this was a ‘now or never’ situation for me. Football in America is taking off. I am going over there to grasp it and try to further myself.

“I see players like Richie Ryan and players like that who have bettered themselves and furthered their careers.

“There is so much over there, so much room for progression over there. It’s not something I have taken lightly at all.

“It’s a lifestyle change and it is something that I have been open to for a while. It has just fallen for me at this time. It ticks a lot of boxes for me and I am excited to get going.”

Kilcock striker Kilduff joins the Lilywhites

Experienced striker, Ciarán Kilduff, was today unveiled as a Dundalk FC player by manager Stephen Kenny. The Lilywhites, who are defending league champions, bolstered their attacking options by signing the 26 year-old striker from St Patrick’s Athletic. 

 

 

Kilduff had managed three goals from 12 starts with the Saints this season but had surprising fallen out of favour of late under the management of Liam Buckley’s. Word of a potential move to the county Louth club have been doing the rounds the past few months but it was only confirmed today, just days before the closure of the domestic transfer window.

Kilduff joins a team bang in form, one that has scored in every league game they have played so far and, clocking up 49 goals in their 20 games to date. Even so, the addition of Kilduff is seen as another positive step in the right direction from the shrewd Kenny, who will look to the Kildare man to strike up a decent partnership with David McMillian. The latter has served as Dundalk’s lone striker since the departure of last season’s top-scorer Patrick Hoban to Oxford United.

The striker joins the current league champions with a league medal already in his collection. He was a part of the 2011 Shamrock Rovers title winning team, a squad he played on with current Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell and midfielder Ronan Finn. Like Finn and fellow striker David McMillian he also played for UCD in the early days of his career and helped them win promotion in 2010 by chipping in 16 league goals. More recently he played an important part in Cork City’s 2013 season by netting 11 goals in just 14 appearances while on loan from Shamrock Rovers.

Kilduff has played under Stephen Kenny before, during his short time as Shamrock Rovers manager; Kenny went on to defy the odds and assemble the talented and ambitious group of players that won the league with Dundalk last year and he is confident that Kilduff will fit in perfectly at Oriel Park with his current crop of players.

At today’s press conference after his unveiling, Kilduff spoke of his respect and admiration for manager Stephen Kenny and that he was particularly looking forward to a friendly rivalry upfront with David McMillian.

“I am delighted to get the deal over the line. I have worked with Stephen Kenny before and I can’t wait to play under him here.  I was delighted to come here and when the call came from Stephen it was the one place I wanted to be. I take Stephen’s opinion very seriously and he is a manager I know, he has a great reputation within the league. I can’t speak any more highly of the man.

“I already know a lot of players here and have played with them at other clubs. Hopefully I can give him [David McMillian] a hand up there and hopefully the two of us can score plenty with us. I am glad that it is Dave that I am fighting with as the striker. Hopefully we can get this over the line, hopefully win a league because that’s what is expected.

“Playing with Dave makes it a lot easier because we are good friends. It’s going to be competitive against each other but all in good nature

“I’m looking forward to just getting going now, it took a little while to get through but pleased to be finally here.”