Kilcullen U16 Boys
Kilcullen U16 Boys are progressing well through the Kildare division 2 league playing an exciting attacking brand of football. To date, Kilcullen have recorded the following victories Kilcullen 3-22 Eadstown 0-3 ; Ballymore Eustace 0-13 Kilcullen 7-9 ; Kilcullen 7-22 Newtown Gaels 4-7 ; Sarsfields 0-5 Kilcullen 1-13 ; Kilcullen 1-16 Sallins 1-6. On Monday the 17-April, the U16 boys lost 2-8 to 1-9 to Aylmer Gaels in Allen wood, where some poor defending and inaccuracy in front of goal cost the lads the match. Kilcullen recovered well from this setback and returned to winning ways on Friday 21-April with a 6-14 to 0-8 facile victory over Kilcock to secure a home semi-final on Monday 01-May. The U16 team went to Croke park on Sunday 09-April to see the Division 2 and Division 1 finals : A Great day was had by all.
Front Row Left To Right : Odhrain Healy ; Ciaran O’ Brien ; Eoin Redmond ; Darragh Burke; Fionn Hegarthy ; Harry Monaghan; Dan Coughlan; Joel Kavanagh; Thomas Hickey
Back Row Left To Right : Padi Behan ; James Mc Mahon ; Jamie Buckley ; Billy Cronin ; Jack O’ Connor ; Conor Keane ; Andy Lowe ; Nathan O’ Reilly ; Jake Murphy ; Aaron Kennedy; Sean Knight & Adam Duggan
Team Photo after the Kilcock game
The U16s got off to a flying start to the championship Friday night with an emphatic 7-11 – 1-7 victory over local rivals Two Mile House.
The rags got off to a dream start with two goals coming in the opening five minutes from Conor Mockler and Dan Coughlan.
Kilcullen built on their lead with points from James McMahon, Rob Lee and frees from Conor Mockler and Rob Lee to give themselves a 2-4 – 0-2 lead midway through the first half.
Goals from Sean Hurley, Tom Hickey and Conor Mockler as well as two points from Dan Coughlan seen Kilcullen take a 5-6 – 0-3 lead into half time.
Two Mile House scored two frees in the opening minutes of the second half, but they were quickly cancelled out from a Conor Mocker free and points from Rob Lee and Sean Hurley before a stunning strike from James McMahon rattled the back of the net.
Two Mile Houses final score was a goal, but Kilcullen responded immediately with a cracking goal from Darragh Kelly. Dan Coughlan and Conor Keane finished the scoring in a fantastic team performance. Kilcullen’s next game is next Friday the 29th at home to Sallins. Make sure to come down and support the lads.
Jamie Buckley; Jack Carey, David Toft, Joel Kavanagh; Tom Hickey(1-0), Rob Lee(0-3(1f)), Cormac Stopes; Ciaran Melinn, Sean Hurley(1-1); James McMahon(1-1),Darragh Kelly(1-0), Eoin Redmond; Ciaran O’Brien, Dan Coughlan(1-3), Conor Mockler(2-2(2f)),
Conor Keane(0-1), Dylan Acton, Jake Murphy, Billy Cronin, Jack Broe, Adam Walsh
U16 B Championship Final – Kilcullen 3-9 Sallins 2-9 – Sat 13th July 2014
by Eoin Beatty
Kilcullen bagged a brace of second half goals to clinch the Under 16 B title at St.Conleth’s Park last Saturday (13 September) morning. Corner forwards Eoin Cahill and Daragh Kelly grabbed the crucial goals as the Rags clinched the championship title after a brilliant game against Sallins. Trailing by one point at half-time, Kilcullen needed a strong second half performance and in the final 10 minutes especially, they delivered. Seán Gavin opened the scoring for Sallins inside the opening minute of the game before Dylan Kennedy, who was extremely accurate throughout the entirety of the game, responded for Kilcullen with a 45 into the town end. Paul Farrelly restored Sallins’ one point lead less that a minute later but that was to be hi side’s last score for a lengthy period as their opposition kicked on, registering the next 1-2 unanswered with a free apiece for Kennedy and Luke Maloney either side of Daragh Kelly’s 17th minute goal. The lads in green and white hit a purple patch before the break. Full-back Killian Murphy got forward to split the posts before David Foley netted a goal and Shane Burgess pointed to give his side a narrow one-point advantage at half-time.
The second half was certainly a better spectacle than the first and the momentum switched hands on numerous occasions. Sallins began the brighter and raced into a healthy five point lead when Seán Gavin pointed and Conor Dalton scrambled home his side’s second goal of the morning. Dylan Kennedy continued to impress for Kilcullen and hit his side’s first three points of the second half before Eoin Cahill rattled the back of the net for the Rags from the penalty pot after 47 minutes. The sides exchanged further points before the most important score arrived four minutes from the end. Darragh Kelly registered Kilcullen’s third goal of the game after he sidestepped the goalkeeper and fired home. Kelly and Kennedy followed that up insurance points right at the death to clinch the title for the boys in black and white.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Jamie Dunne; Michael O’Brien, Henry Carey, Cian Creighton; Tim Carey(Capt), Seán Corrigan, Seán Fitzgerald; Dylan Aulsberry, Tomás Hennessy; Luke Maloney(0-1f), Dylan Kennedy(0-7,4f,45), Murty Sully; Eoin Cahill 1-0pen, Enda Dowling, Daragh Kelly 2-1.
Sub Used: Qayyun Ruslan.