Category Archives: Domestic Soccer

Longford Town win inaugural O’Connor Cup

Longford Town u19s took home the inaugural Frank O’Connor Cup with an 8-4 victory over Kilcock Celtic in testing weather conditions on the Maynooth University astro turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.

The game, which was originally postponed in January due to an unplayable Kilcock Celtic pitch, produced some fantastic attacking football from both teams in the first half, with Longford edging it 4-3 at the break.

Both sides made a raft of changes in personel at half time, before emptying their benches throughout the second half as the two teams continue their pre season preperations for their respective league campaigns.

It was the League of Ireland outfit who used their experience competing at a higher level, to capitalise in the second half to come away winners on a full time score of 8-4.

Kilcock Celtic Chairman Shane Thompson spoke after the game; “Thanks again to all at Longford Town. Hopefully we can build on our friendship in the coming years. A special thanks to the O’connor family for sponsoring the cup and cheers to everyone who turned up despite the baltic conditions, to support both teams. Thanks to Longford Town u19s who fielded their strongest available team in honour of the late Frank O’Connor.”

Former Kilcock Celtic pair Patrick O’Sullivan and Josh Sherlock were involved for Longford Town.

Athlone Town AFC to be renamed Aaron Island!!

Robert Cox

Sun, Feb 11th 2018

Athlone Town AFC manager Aaron Callaghan has added Meath man Aaron Williams to his squad ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland season.

Williams, who is from Summerhill and previously played for the local team Parkceltic Summerhill FC, was on the scoresheet in Athlone’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers last week, a game that finished in a 3-3 draw.

He joins fellow Aaron, Aaron Brilly from neighbouring town Kilcock at the midlanders as they look to compete in the top half of the first division table over the coming months.

Both men attended Scoil Dara Kilcock, a school that has produced several League of Ireland players including Shane Barrett, Ciaran Kilduff and Shane Fitzgerald.

Keep an eye out on all my social media platforms over the coming months to follow the pairs fortunes.

Kilduff returns to Jacksonville Armada for 2018

It was confirmed during the week that Kilcock man Ciaran Kilduff, along with three other players have returned to Jacksonville Armada for 2018.

Kilduff, who joined Armada in 2017 and went on to score four goals as the Florida club just missed out on a play-off place in the NASL, returned to America in late January with his and the club’s future still up in the air.

The club were unsure if they would have a league to partake in for 2018 but it was revealed two weeks ago by club owner Robert Palmer that the club would play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) from April through to July, using it as a pre season warm up for August.

It’s not the first time the club have had to drop down to the NPSL. Palmer is currently working with other owners to get the NASL back up and running for the Fall League. The club also hope to play a number of high profile exhibition games over the coming months.

Former Dundalk star Kilduff is joined back at the club by Kalen Ryden, JC Banks and Derek Gebhard, while in the past few days the club have also signed two new players Conor Doyle and Javier Monsalvez.

We wish Ciaran all the best in 2018. We have been following his fortunes for a number of years now and a nicer man you will go a long way to meet.

Brilly signs for Athlone Town

Aaron Brilly in action for Athlone Town FC during his first spell with the club in 2017.

Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly has re-signed for League of Ireland first division side Athlone Town ahead of the forthcoming 2018 season.

Brilly, who left the midlanders halfway through last season for Home Farm FC, following some problems within the club, rejoins a club that are hoping for an upturn in fortunes under new manager Aaron Callaghan.

The club have been putting together a panel of players behind the scenes over the past number of weeks, with the full identity of the squad only to be released tonight.

Brilly has previously played in the League of Ireland with Longford Town and Cabinteely, as well as enjoying a spell with Newry City, so he brings with him experience beyond his years to Callaghan’s new side.

Athlone have recently played Ashbourne, Lucan United and Shamrock Rovers in pre season games, games Brilly is believed to have been involved in.

Kilcock Celtic youngsters sign for Longford Town

Kilcock Celtic duo Josh Geoghegan and Josh Kilkenny have signed for Longford Town u15s.

It brings to thirteen the amount of Celtic players that have signed up for the Midlanders at one age group or another over the past few years as the two clubs continue to keep close ties.

Just last week Longford u19s were due to play Brendan Rooney’s Kilcock senior team for the Frank O’Connor Memorial Cup but the game unfortunately fell foul to the incesent rain on Saturday night.

Also last week, Josh Fogarty and Darragh Confrey signed for Longford’s u17s.

Kilcock pair sign for Longford Town

Kilcock teenage duo Josh Fogarty and Darragh Confrey have signed for the Longford Town u17s for the upcoming 2018 season. 

The former Kilcock Celtic youth players both put pen to paper alongside their new manager James Dermody on Sunday afternoon. 

Kilcock Celtic have a proud record of producing talented players that have come up through their ranks with Ciaran Kilduff, Aaorn Brilly and Shane Fitzgerald all donning the green and white hoops at some stage in their younger years, with Fizgerald currently back at his hometown club after stints at Galway United and UCD.

Today’s double signing brings to eleven the number of Celtic players who have moved on to Longford Town at u17 and u19 level.

 

Former Kildare Gaa player signs for Waterford FC

Former Kildare minor and u21 footballer Rory Feely has signed for newly promoted Waterford FC ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division season.

Feely, who ie now focusing on soccer despite being a promising Gaelic footballer with Kildare, scored 1-1 against Dublin in the Leinster minor semi-final as the Lilywhites went on to become provincial champions in 2015, before losing an All-Ireland semi-final to Tipperary.

The Athy footballer also featured for his county in the 2016 Leinster U21 football decider, which Kildare lost to the Dubs by a goal after extra-time. His older brother, Kevin, is a current member of the Kildare senior panel, having previously played professional soccer in the UK for the likes of Newport County and Carlisle United.

Feely, who can play as a central defender or in midfield, turns 21 today. The Kildare man, who lived in Waterford until the age of 12, moves to the RSC from St Patrick’s Athletic.

“I am very happy to link up with Waterford FC ahead of the new season,” he said. “I’m originally from Tramore so I have grown up with the Blues as my local League of Ireland club. I kept a keen eye last season during the promotion push and I now hope to be a part of something big for the club going forward.

“I worked with Alan [Reynolds] at St Pat’s and enjoyed the way he works, so when there was interest shown I was very happy to join. I am looking forward to competing for a starting place and being part of a competitive team at the top end of the table.”

He added: “As a player, I’ve been tried in a few positions over the last couple of seasons, primarily due to my aerial ability, but hopefully Blues’ fans will see me deployed in a more attacking role where I feel most comfortable. Ultimately, I just want to work hard and break into the team early on.”

Feely was part of the St Pat’s side who were crowned League of Ireland U19 champions in 2015. After breaking into Liam Buckley’s first team, he went on to make 42 appearances for the Inchicore outfit and attracted interest from recently-crowned Premier Division and FAI Cup winners Cork City in 2017.