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.
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 man Brendan Rooney has joined Wayne Groves coaching team at Shelbourne FC u19s for the coming League of Ireland season.
Groves was tonight announced as manager of Shels promising underage team, with Rooney once again joining up with him, with the pair having previously worked together last season, rather succesfully, at Longford Town u19s.
Speaking to an excited Rooney tonight, the Down native said; “I am delighted to be getting involved at a club with such a strong history as Shelbournes’. They may have gone through a difficult time of late but in my opinion they are a sleeping giant. A bit similar to Leeds United at the moment. Only a matter of time before they are back in the big time and I am itching to get going, to play my part in that.”
Rooney added; “I am grateful that I am getting the chance to work alongside Wayne again as we had a great partnership at Longford Town last season.”