Tonight our u14 boys qualified for the last 6 of Féile A, with a comprehensive win over Athy 3-15 to 1-07. Well done to our fantastic bunch of lads pictured below, they are a great squad who have put in a lot of hard work to get this far. They are a credit to their mentors and their club.
Next game is a challenge away to Portlaoise next Friday
Continuing on the good news theme our u14 squad had 3 lads selected for the Kildare u14 devolopment squad. Congratulations to Jake Eoin and Jack. We sent another 4 for trials and they also did very well and we are sure they will force their way into the county selectors minds in the near future
Pre match handshake between opposing captains.
Kilcullen U14 boys advanced to the county final with a 6-18 to 2-5 victory over Raheens in Raheens last Wednesday 24-June. The first 15 minutes were very even, with both teams exchanging scores, Dan Coughlan scored the first 3 point for Kilcullen. The last 15 minutes of the first half Kilcullen dominated and scored some excellent long range points from Jake Murphy, Jack Broe (2), Aaron Kennedy, Dan Coughlan (2 Frees) and a goal from Jamie Buckley to leave half-time score 1-8 to 0-3. It was clearly communicated at half-time a fast start to second half was needed and the team duly obliged with 2 goals from Jamie Buckley, a goal from Aaron Kennedy, points from Thomas Hickey, Jake Murphy, Jack Broe and James Mc Mahon to finish the match. The Kilcullen defence of Michael Somers, Oran Healy, Jack O’Connor, Joel Kavanagh, Andy Lowe, Sam Murphy and Eoin Redmond were excellent all throughout and tackled tenaciously all-night. Aaron Kennedy gave an exhibition of high fielding and Jake Murphy ran and tackled all-night in an excellent midfield performance. Kilcullen did leave Raheens in for 2 soft goals near the end, one a penalty which needs to be resolved before the county final. Now all roads lead to Hawkfield next Wednesday 01-July 7.30pm for county final against St. Nicholas (Dunlavin/Donard), this will be this teams 4thfinal in 3 years, which is a great achievement, so fingers crossed for some luck and the right result on the night, because if ever a team deserved some silverware this is the team.
Photo: team Captain Dan Coughlan with ref Anthony Herbert and Raheens Captain.
Kilcullen U14 boys finished preparations for the country semi-final with a 6-19 to 6-12 win over St. Laurence’s in Kilcullen Sunday morning 21-June. Kilcullen started really well and dominated the first 20 minutes, with some great passing moves, they tore the Larries defence apart. Dan Coughlan opened the scoring and further scores from Jack Broe (2 points), Aaron Kennedy, Andy Lowe, Jamie Buckley and James Mc Mahon along with goals from Thomas Hickey and the returning holiday maker Jamie Buckley had Kilcullen 2-7 ahead before St. Laurence’s registered their first score, a goal from big full forward Rory Clarke. Kilcullen fell asleep before half-time and let Rory Clarke in for 4 goals, but did respond with points from Dan and Richie Brophy to lead by 2 points 2-13 to 5-2 at the short whistle. The second half was a really good local derby, with both teams exchanging scores. A highlight of the second half was the blocking of Eoin Redmond at centre back, I counted 5 block downs which were inspirational and the backs along-side him Sam Murphy, Adam Duggan, Andy Lowe, Cathal Brophy, Billy Cronin and Joel Kavanagh all played with distinction. Larries started the second half stronger and scored early points to lead by 5 points mid-way through the second half. With 15 minutes to go, Kilcullen moved Jamie to full-forward and Aaron to full-back to curve the Rory Clarke threat which changed the game, as Jamie scored a hat track of goals and Aaron restricted Clarke to 1-1 in the last quarter. Billy Cronin stepped up from corner back to score a vital goal to move Kilcullen 7 points ahead with 5 minutes left on the clock. Kilcullen closed out a 7 point victory with points from Dan, Jamie and Jack Broe and try as St, Laurence’s did they could not get past Shane Penrose in goals. Next up all roads lead to Raheens Wednesday 24-June for the Division 3 county semi-final @ 7pm against Raheens.
Attached U14 team photo after the Larries match, with 2 lads at the front visiting the club, from Belnaleck GAC Fermanagh. They are on a cycle visiting all 1,630 Gaa clubs in Ireland on a fundraiser.