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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.

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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.

Blackhall left to rue missed chances in Seneschalstown draw

When the full time whistle blew at Fr Tully Park, Seneschalstown at 12.20pm on Sunday, both the visitors, Blackhall Gaels and their hosts headed for their respective post game huddles wondering how on earth they didn’t come away with the maximum points on offer. Instead they had to settle for a point apiece as the game ended 0-12 to 0-12.

On paper this looked like the pick of the Meath SFL division two, round two games at the weekend and in terms of competivness and excitement it didn’t disappoint, though the general quality all over the pitch left a lot to be desired at times.

Blackhall Gaels will rue the missed opportunites the most as they kicked wide after wide in the final ten minutes, as well as throwing away a two point lead during the same period. However on the flip side, Liam Keane’s side will be a sense relieved that they didn’t leave empty handed, an outcome that would have been almost certain had Cathal Finnegan’s late goal-bound effort not have flashed wide of David Ferris’ goal.

The tie was Seneschalstown’s first of the year after their first round game was cancelled so they can be excused for their rustiness. It was unusual to see only one Sheridan line out for the home side, with Brian taking his place at midfield. Like their blue and yellow counterparts they are at the beginning of a re-building phase it seems.

Blackhall for their part were looking to bounce back from their disappointing round one loss at home to Castletown and were grateful for the return of Donnacha Healy, James Kelly, Hugh Smith, Stephen Morris and former county man Donnacha Tobin, though Alan Nestor was an absentee through ilness.

Blackhall started the game like they meant business and drew first blood when centre forward Sean Whelan split the posts with a lovely right-footed effort after three minutes before the Yellow Furze men struck three points in a row through wing back Adam Carey, impressive corner forward Cathal Finnegan and Brian Sheridan from a free to put them 3-1 ahead.

The two sides traded points throughout the remainder of the first half without ever really threatening the goal, though David Ferris did pull off a top drawer safe in the Blackhall goals from a Robert Wogan effort, with Ferris’ team mate Daniel Carty clearing the rebound off the line. Paul Kelly, Whelan (2), Sean Healy and Andy Brady (2) raised the white flag for the Gaels while James Meade, Finnegan and Sheridan fired over for Seneschalstown before Wogan levelled matters just on the stroke of half time. Blackahll lost the influential John Kelly to a nasty looking ankle injury early on which didn’t help their cause, with only two substitutes on the bench. H/T Sen 0-7 BHG 0-7

Blackhall started the second half as they did the first, with Paul Kelly this time hitting a left-footed free from the 45-yard line, out near the wing. Finnegan responded almost instantly to tie the game up again, with the dimunitive corner forward wreaking havoc in the Gaels defence.

Both sides were guilty of kicking some relatively easy wides for the remainder but Andy Brady and Donnacha Healy did trade points with Finnegan (2) to leave the sides locked on 0-10 with fifteen minutes remaining. A Whelan free and one of the scores of the day from Paul Kelly, when he made his way past four defenders before blasting over with the outside of the left, put Blackhall two ahead (12-10) and seemingly heading for victory as the game entered its final ten minutes but Finnegan was to have other ideas.

The aforementioned Finnegan, a county minor panelist from last year, struck two superb points from play to level proceedings, to set up a tense final few minutes. A final few minutes that saw both sides squander what would surely have been the winning score. Finnegan blasted his goal effort wide when a point surely would have sufficed but Blackhall were the guiltier of the two, kicking atleast six scoreable shots wide of David Lyons’ goal in the closing moments.

In the end the two senior championship teams had to settle for a point apiece, with both camps left scratching their heads about what might have been. It is only February but improvement is needed. Atleast time is on their side.

Donnacha Tobin kept Blackhall going all day with his endless hard work around the middle, while David Ferris in goal and Stephen Morris, just back from his travels, also impressed. Mark Fox and Adam Carey shone for Seneschalstown at the back while Brian Sheridan (midfield), Robert Wogan and man of the match Finnegan were also to the fore.

F/T Sen 0-12 BHG 0-12

Scorers: Seneschalstown C.Finnegan 0-7, B.Sheridan 0-2, J.Meade 0-1, A.Carey 0-1, R.Wogan 0-1

Blackhall Gaels S.Whelan 0-4, A.Brady 0-3, P.Kelly 0-3, D.Healy 0-1 S.Healy 0-1

Seneschalstown:

Blackhall Gaels: D.Ferris, C.Nally, Dan Carty, James Kelly, D.Healy, P.Brady, H.Smith, P.O’Brien, D.Tobin, S.Morris, S.Whelan, P.Kelly, John Kelly, A.Brady, Dermot Carty Subs: S.Healy for John Kelly (inj), Brian O’Connor for S.Healy

Powderly Hits Treble In Kilcock Draw

Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

A second half Eve Powderly hat-trick helped Kilcock Senior Ladies secure a draw against old foes Carbury in their re-arranged SFL division 2 tie in Kilcock today, Sunday March 26th.

Trailing by eight points heading into the final ten minutes of the game Powderly and her team mates showed a great fighting spirit to battle back and were duly rewarded when the impressive Aisling O’Connor found the net with the final piece of action of a pulsating game, curling her effort in off the post after forging her way through a whole host of blue and yellow jerseys. 

Kilcock were playing their first game of 2017 due to adverse weather conditions leading to unplayable pitches while the visitors were competing in their third match of the campaign and this showed in the first half as Carbury settled the quicker and went on to lead at half time by 6 points, 1-6 to 0-3. All this and having had the disadvantage of playing into a strong wind. Eve Powderly, Emma Robinson and Grace White raised the white flag for Kilcock, with Robinson having a goal disallowed for fisting the ball straight into the net.

Kilcock came flying out of the blocks in the 2nd period with Powderly firing a left footed shot to the back of the net straight from the throw in.

The two sides traded scores in a tense battle with Lorna Murray, Sheena Byrne, Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan pointing into the wind. 

At the other end Catherine O’Malley and Wiggy kept Carbury’s noses just infront and the duo looked to have put the game beyond doubt when they combined for O’Malley to blast the ball to the back of Eimear Kelly’s net, despite the latters best efforts to keep it out. At this stage there were eight points in it and Carbury looked to have secured the points but rule out this Kilcock side at your peril!!

Pushed on from the back by player of the game Emma Maguire, Kilcock rallied and late goals from Powderly (2) along with O’Connor’s winner helped them snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat. 

Eimear Kelly was solid in goals, pulling off some crucial saves and finding her team mates with a high percentage of her kickouts. Emma Maguire lead by example at centre back while Caoimhe Fagan used her engine to cover serious ground throughout in midfield. Upfront Aisling O’Connor and the hat-trick hero Powderly got the required scores needed to salvage an important draw. A special mention to debutants Brianne Traynor, (who started wing back and put in a fine display) Charley Burke, (who also started) Aoife McArdle and Sarah Lavin from the bench. 

Final score Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

Kilcock play Clane on Tuesday next in Kilcock.