A Shane Fitzgerald hat-trick secured a place in the final of the Divisional Shield for Brendan Rooney’s Kilcock Celtic with a 4-1 win over hosts Clane United on Sunday 22nd October.
In what was your typical game of two halves, Kilcock found themselves a goal down after Clane scored with their only real chance of the opening 45 minutes, a lovely sweet strike that found the back of Aaron Stone’s net. Rooney’s charges for their part were guilty of missing some very scorable opportunities early on and went in at the break 1-0 down.
Whatever clever tactical changes were made by Rooney and his management team during the interval seemed to work wonders however as they began to take control of the game, going on to score four unanswered goals, including ‘another’ hatrick for the magnificent Fitzgerald.
After the game a delighted Rooney said; “The full squad played their part in what was a fantastic win. We can now look forward to the final. It will be the first final our senior team will be taking part in for seven years. Fair play to the lads, they are playing a lovely style of football at the moment and we are getting our just rewards.”
Kilcock’s Ciarán Kilduff recently joined the Jacksonville Armada FC, but he has certainly endeared himself to the club’s faithful in short order. The Irish forward has scored three goals in his last two games, including a pair of tallies in a 3-3 draw with the New York Cosmos on Sunday night. Kilduff was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week for his two-goal performance, the league announced Monday.
Jacksonville jumped ahead of the Cosmos early in the club’s contest at MCU Park and it was Kilduff that led the charge. The native of Kilcock, Ireland, opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Jack Blake’s corner kick made its way through a crowd of bodies before Kalen Ryden headed the ball towards Kilduff. The Irishman’s effort came off the cross bar, but the ball bounced just over the line for the opening tally.
The forward showed his work rate away from goal to earn his second goal of the contest. He dispossessed Cosmos midfielder Danny Szetela and drove towards the goal before sending his low effort through goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck’s legs in the 41st minute. The 28-year-old now has three goals in four appearances for the club.
The action on the field, though, was certainly far from over in Brooklyn. Blake tacked on a third goal for the visitors in the 65th minute before a tremendous turnaround by the defending champions.
Javi Márquez pulled a goal back for New York in the 79th minute after a lovely chipped pass from the reigning NASL Golden Ball winner Juan Arango. Just ten minutes later, Eugene Starikov headed home a cross from Ayoze, who then played provider again deep into stoppage time. Ayoze found Juan Guerra, who cut in from the left and fired a shot that left Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell rooted to the spot.
While Jacksonville didn’t leave New York with all three points, Kilduff’s effort helped the club extend its road unbeaten streak to three games. Jacksonville currently sits in the final position for The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament, which gets underway in November
Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April the 11th 1970 from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida but the Lunar landing was aborted 2 days later following an oxygen tank explosion….
Fast forward 47 years and Kilcock Celtic senior footballers had a mission of their own to try and complete on a visit to a Moone of different sorts. Al Myles men faced division 2 side Moone Celtic in round 1 of the Lumsden League cup and after sharing 13 goals the away side finally returned home with their the name in the hat for round 2.
From the early stages of the first half to the later stages of the 2nd period of extra-time the Celtics were made to work hard for the result from Moone and according to Myles his side could have have easily lost the game.
Myles said; “On any other day we could have lost that game but we manged to battle on for the 110 minutes of the match and somehow came away with the result and a not such a safe passage into round 2”.
Despite the concession of 6 goals, Kilcock can be very thankful to goalie Aaron Stone who pulled off two great saves to keep out the Moone attack late on with the tie very much in the melting pot.
If Myles and his men want to progress any further in the League cup they will need to make a massive improvement, especially at the back and will also need to shut out the game when it is required.
Once again the mecurial Shane Fitzgerald was on the score sheet with a brace, while Mark Munnelly (2) and Remi Kareem (2) were also on target before Michael Shaw calmly slotted home a penalty in extra time to secure the win.
Apollo 13 was a failed mission all them years ago and Al Myles will be quick to bring his players back down to earth following such a mixed mission in Moone on Sunday but at the end of the day his side are through to the next round of the cup. In anyones language, that’s mission complete.
Aaron Brilly has tonight signed on for another season at League of Ireland Division One side Cabinteely FC.
Brilly, who captained the South Dublin side for the majority of last season, will now prepare for his 3rd campaign and look to build on his already record number of appearances at Cabo.
The Kilcock native has progressed steadily during his two years, helping his side finish one position better off in season two in comparison to their maiden year in the League of Ireland, where they finished bottom of the pile.
Brilly went on to represent his country midway through 2016, becoming a permanent fixture for Ireland’s University and College’s team.