Leinster JFC Quarter Final – Venue Change

Our Leinster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final vs St. Patricks of Tullow, Co. Carlow will now take place in St. Conleth’s (County Grounds) in Newbridge on Saturday, 22nd of October with a throw-in time of 1:30pm.

The game was originally scheduled to take place at our home ground in Kilcullen, but due to the request of the Leinster council we have been asked to play our home game in Newbridge. 

 

There should however be a big crowd at the game supporting Kilcullen, as representatives of Kildare as the Junior Champions. The game will precede the Intermediate Football Final Replay between Two Mile House and Round Towers. 

 

So be there to shout on the lads and make our home advantage count, as our Leinster adventure begins to heat up following our big victory away to the European Champions, Amsterdam in Maastricht, the Netherlands earlier this month.

 

kilcullen-in-maastricht After our victory in the 1st Round over Amsterdam

1 point difference puts Killcullen in Junior A Championship Q/F

Kilcullen Seniors  2015 Kilcullen Seniors 2015

Kilcullen’s first team narrowly missed out on progressing straight to the semi final of the championship after two games in quick succession. On Sun 09/08 we played Rathcoffey in Hawkfield and ran out comfortable winners 3.18 to 11 pts. Rathcoffey started brighter and had 2 pts scored before a shot dropped short was spilled by the Rathcoffey keeper and John Whyte was on hand to finish to the net. Kilcullen never let the lead slip and went in at halftime with a 4 pt advantage. The game was effectively ended when Brian Bell scored a goal about 10 mins into second half. A third goal by Shay Pembroke added to by some fine point scoring made for a facile win. Good displays by Gary Kenny, Jamie Lambe, Ben Foran and Brian Bell who really brought his A game.
On Fri 16/08 we played Robertstown with a quarter final place booked and scoring difference with Cappagh to determine the semi final berth. Kilcullen won on a score of 1.14 to 1.09 but Cappagh won their game by 16 pts and finished with a 1 pt better scoring difference which leaves the Rags playing Milltown on Saturday 29th August in the quarter final in Hawkfield.
In a good game v Robertstown a steady start saw Kilcullen edge ahead but a penalty was conceded and the Robertstown man made no mistake past stand in keeper Dan Fisher. The Rags responded well and chipped away with a few points to close the gap before Ben Foran struck for the decisive goal in the game which gave Kilcullen a lead they would not lose. A 5 point winning margin was probably not a true reflection as we should have scored at least 2 more goals and probably a few more points too. A new position for Dan Fisher maybe, Fran Shortt marshalling the defence with good support from Willie Jones and Mark Brophy, Darren Barker starting to motor as we come into the business end of the season augurs well, and the forwards sharing out the scoring is always a good sign.

Up and Down week for Seniors.

In Full Flight In Full Flight

The first team had a very busy and mixed week. On 08/07 they travelled to promotion chasing Ballyteague with a severely depleted squad and several players from the 2nd team were drafted in. A very quick start from the home team led to a 5 nil lead and a dread of what was to follow but slowly the Rags got into the game and got to 1 point of their hosts before a goal and 4 pts gave the larks a handsome 1 12 to 7 pt halftime lead. The second half was a much better fare with P Jones prominent and a goal from B Foran left the final score Ballyteague 1 18 Kilcullen 1 13. Good performances from P Jones J Burke and J Lambe.
On Sun eve 05/07 Rathcoffey travelled to Kilcullen and the home side ran out very comfortable winners. An early penalty was dispatched by Paul Jones and he helped himself to another goal shortly after. 3 points from play for Alan Kenny a couple of frees from Paul Bell and even the full back line got in on the act with Gary Kenny and James Burke going forward to score. A good display from John Whyte saw him get 2 points also. In the second half Shay Pembroke came on and immediately supplied a 3rd goal and also added 2 points before the final whistle. Dylan Kennedy made his first appearance in the senior team and had the final say with a fourth goal. The most clinical display from the team this year saw a final score Kilcullen 4 15 Rathcoffey 7 pts.

Seniors team that defeated Rathcoffey Seniors team that defeated Rathcoffey

On wed 08/07 we travelled to Rehban with renewed confidence after wed display but were exposed to a team waiting to play championship next week. From the very first minute the home team showed much more hunger and determination winning every 50/50 ball. Despite this Kilcullen were first to score and beginning to get a foothold when a defensive mistake let Rheban have an overlap which they duly accepted to score the nights first goal. A good move saw Chops bear down on goal and his shot brought a good save from the Rheban keeper but Chops followed up to hit the net and level the game after 20 mins. A late first half flourish from Rheban saw them score 1-3 to go in at double scores 2-6 to 1-3. Rheban in the second half made a very good impression of Donegals style with a massed defence and lightning quick counter attacking which left Kilcullen chasing shadows. A fully deserved win for the home side but a very disappointing display by the Rags. Final score Rheban 2-13 Kilcullen 1-8

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