Kilcock’s Shelbourne FC striker Ciarán Kilduff has been nominated for the SWAI and SSE Airtricity League player of the month award following some fine performances and crucial goals for the Tolka Park side in June.
Kilduff, who is the sole representative from the first division, is there on merit following goals in important games against Drogheda United and Limerick FC, as The Reds won all three games during the month, extending their winning run to seven in a row in the process.
The former Dundalk striker has also been a pivotal target man, bringing more than just his finishing prowess to Ian Morris’ league leading side. His work rate up top is immense, winning and holding up the ball on almost every attack. A perfect fit for Shelbourne as they continue their push for promotion.
The six-man shortlist for June’s SWAI Player of the Month is as follows: Danny Mandroiu (Bohemians), Sean Gannon (Dundalk) ,John Mountney (Dundalk), Ciaran Kelly (St Patrick’s Athletic), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (Derry City) and Ciaran Kilduff (Shelbourne).
Ciaran Kilduff scored his first goal of 2018 last night as his side Jacksonville Armada defeated The Flagler Saints 2-0 in a pre season friendly in St.Augestine.
Kilduff, a half time substitute, netted Armada’s second on 53 minutes, when he got the hosts’ goalie off guard with a delicate chip to the back of the net. The Kilcock man was also involved in his sides first goal, when following some great link up play, he set up Irish-American Connor Doyle to net on 49 minutes.
The win was Jacksonville’s first in their three pre season games so far in 2018 as they ready themselves for the NPSL season.
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.
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.
The inaugural Antarctic Mile was completed today where Kilcock man Paul Robinson ran an astounding 4:17.9 mins on the snow and in temperatures of -20 C (-4 F).
This is definitely the fastest mile ever run in the Antarctic and is incredible considering the underfoot conditions and temperatures. paul is a 3.54.77 min miler and finished in 4th place in the 2014 European Championships.
He’s returning to form now after a couple of injury-ridden seasons and this run indicates that the forthcoming season could see him return to his best.
Well done Paul!
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.