Kilcullen 2-6 Geraldines 2-1 – Monday 2nd November
This game will go down in history as the first ever game played under floodlights at the Kilcullen GAA grounds. And it proved to be an entertaining game between two determined sides. Kilcullen dominated the first half with the defence not conceding any scores in the entire half, midfield dominant and the forwards racking up some excellent scores to take a 2-4 to 0-0 lead into the break. The second half proved to be a tighter affair as the Ragettes could only add a further two points to their tally. Geraldines, who to their credit had never given up, scored 2-1 late in the game but the home side saw the game out to take a well deserved victory on a landmark night for the club.
Nanci Murphy was again the outstanding player on the field, scoring 2-3 and showing great work-rate throughout. Bróna Dooley, Laura McMahon, Lisa Aspell and Sydney Sheridan all also excelled in a good all round team performance.
Kilcullen line-up: Avril Glendon; Bróna Dooley, Laura McMahon, Tara Murphy; Amy Barker, Kate Timmons(Capt), Sarah Bartley; Lisa Aspell, Katelyn Hegarty-Kelly; Sydney Sheridan(0-2), Nanci Murphy(2-3), Katie Brierton; Niamh Garrett, Megan Fogarty(0-1), Sinéad Jones.
Sub used: Jane Magee
Next up, the Kilcullen Minors are at home to Milltown on Sunday at 1pm. This game will decide if the Ragettes make the semi-finals so hopefully there is another good home crowd to support the girls.
Ladies Minor Championship – Ballykelly 3-12 Kilcullen 2-7 – Tuesday October 27
Kilcullen minor ladies lost out in this first round championship encounter against a very strong Ballykelly side. The game was played as 12 a side which led to a very open, but also a very tiring game. Kilcullen got off to a flying start with the outstanding Nanci Murphy scoring two early goals to help the Ragettes to a 2-3 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes. Ballykelly then settled into the game and finished the half strongly, but the visitors still held a 2-5 to 1-5 lead at the break. The second half proved to be very frustrating for Kilcullen as they could only add a further 2 points, with the Ballykelly keeper in inspired form, making two excellent point blank saves to deny Murphy further goals. The home side were clinical with their chances and saw the game out to win by 3-12 to 2-7. A young Kilcullen side will have learned plenty from the game, and have plenty to build on for their remaining two group games.
Nanci Murphy was outstanding for Kilcullen finishing with 2-5 to her name, while Amy Barker, Katelyn Hegarty-Kelly, Kate Timmons and Aiveen Treacy all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Avril Glendon; Laura McMahon, Amy Barker, Bróna Dooley, Lauren Hurley; Lisa Aspell(0-1), Katelyn-Hegarty-Kelly; Megan Fogarty, Kate Timmons(Capt), Katie Brierton, Nanci Murphy(2-5,1f), Aiveen Treacy(0-1) Sarah Bartley, Susie Treacy, Sinead Jones.
Next up for the Ragettes Minors is a home game (under the new floodlights!) on Monday at 7.30pm against Geraldines. All support appreciated!