There were huge sighs relief among the Kilcullen players and supporters after this hard fought victory for tthe Rags, that guarantees the club’s intermediate status. It was nail biting stuff from start to finish, with two very evenly matched teams, going in 0-5 each at half-time. Kilcullen got the first two points of the second half, but again Kill came back to narrow the gap to a point, before they were awarded a penalty after a clumsy Kilcullen tackle. However, the spot kick was blazed over the bar, which meant the sides were level again. The teams went point for point, and but Kill held a single point lead going into the last few minutes, but got the equalizer, and the game looked set for extra time, until the outstanding Darren Barker kicked over a big pressure free to give the Rags the lead. The referee gave Kill one last chance to attack, but the move broke down and the final whistle was blown, to huge cheers from the sizable Kilcullen support.
Darren Barker was exceptional for Kilcullen, both at full forward in the first half, and midfield in the second. Shane Lambe brought excellent leadership and composure to the Rags half-forward line in what could be his final game for Kilcullen. Shane O’Connor put in a commanding performance at full back, putting his body on the line time and time again for the cause.
Kilcullen Line-Up: F.Shortt; D.Fisher, S.O’Connor, K.O’Brien; C.McMahon, G.Shanahan, A.Phelan; J.Browne(0-1), T.Davis(0-1); B.Bell(Capt), P.Jones(0-2,1f), S.Lambe(0-1); J.Whyte, D.Barker(0-6,2f), J.Lambe.
Subs Used: S.Pembroke, P.Bell.
Kilcullen exited the Intermediate Championship after a heartbreaking single point defeat to Nurney after a scrappy game played in a deluge of rain in Hawkfield. Kilcullen were well on top for the majority of the first half, but failed to convert their dominance into scores and went in with a 0-5 to 0-4 half-time lead. However, the Rags would still have been confident of going on to complete the job, but Nurney started the second half very strongly scoring 1-1 to take a 3 point lead. The rain was now very heavy and wasn’t helping either side play attractive football, but both sides were giving their all. The Rags refused to give in and worked their way back to within two points, but missed a number of crucial scorable chances from frees and play that would have brought them at least level. Kilcullen then trailed by two points when they were awarded another free, and the referee signalled that it would be the last kick of the game. Paul Jones had an excellent attempt at goal that looked to have the keeper beaten, but just went over the bar, and the final whistle was blown. The Rags had plenty of chances to at least draw the game, although could have some cause for complaint with a penalty claim that was ignored, and also the lack of injury time played, considering the amount of time the opposition took over frees.
John Whyte was excellent for Kilcullen as an extra defender, sweeping up a lot of breaks and starting a number of attacks, while Darren Barker, Johnny Browne and Paul Jones also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: F.Shortt; D.Fisher, S.O’Connor, G.Shanahan; C.McMahon, T.Davis(0-1), A.Phelan; D.Barker, J.Browne; C.Aspell(0-2f), P.Jones(0-4,2f), P.Bell; J.Whyte, S.Lambe, J.Lambe(0-2).
Subs Used: S.Pembroke, B.Bell(Capt).
Kilcullen recovered from a poor first half performance to produce an excellent comeback in the second half and earn a draw against Nurney in this hard fought championship encounter. The Rags started well enough, and the game was very even in the early stages, but an early injury to captain Brian Bell coupled with the concession of a fairly soft goal, led to the Rags losing their way a bit. They still had plenty of chances, but some bad decisions and wayward shooting meant that Nurney held a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at the break. However, a couple of substitutions and a number of positional switches by the Kilcullen management, gave the Rags a much better shape in the second half, and they produced a strong second half performance. The moving of Ger Shanahan to centre back and Darren Barker to midfield were particularly effective as the Rags got a firm foothold in the game. Kilcullen chipped away at the Nurney lead with some well-taken points from play and flawless free taking from Cormac Aspell, while at the other end they were restricting Nurney to shooting unsuccessfully from long range They got back level, before Nurney went ahead again, but Aspell was on target again to give the Rags a deserved draw. Kilcullen could have won the game, although Nurney will probably feel the same, and a draw was probably a fair result after a tough game, that certainly wasn’t helped by an inconsistent refereeing performance.
Despite being dismissed for a second yellow card with 6 minutes remaining, Ger Shanahan was the standout performer in the game, the veteran put in a commanding performance at half-back, and also got forward to score a crucial point. Darren Barker, Paul Jones and early substitute Cormac Aspell all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: F.Shortt; D.Fisher. S.O’Connor, B.Fox; C.McMahon, D.Barker(0-1), G.Shanahan(0-1); T.Davis(0-1f), A.Phelan; P.Jones(0-1f), B.Bell(Capt), P.Bell(0-1); S.Pembroke(0-1), S.Lambe, J.Lambe.
Subs Used: C.Aspell(0-5f), J.Browne, R.Aspell.
Kilcullen finally got a victory all their hard work has deserved with a convincing 2-15 to 3-4 victory over Robertstown tonight. The Rags may already be relegated, but they badly needed this victory to boost morale in the camp before the resumption of the championship. The home side got off to flying start with an excellent Jamie Lambe solo goal. Despite conceding a goal themselves at the other end, The Rags went on to dominate most of the half, with a strong wind at their backs, and deservedly held a 3 point lead with 5 minutes of the half remaining. However, some sloppiness in defence let Robertstown in for a second goal which meant the sides went in level at the break on a scoreline of Kilcullen 1-6 Robertstown 2-3. Kilcullen appeared to have tough task ahead of them facing the wind in the second half, with the game all square. However, the Rags turned in an excellent team performance scoring some excellent points against the wind outscoring Robertstown by 1-9 to 1-1 in the second half, and even at that the visitor’s goal was a very fortuitous one that deflected off Danny Fisher into the net. Ciarán McMahon was sent off for a second yellow card with 10 minutes remaining, but two Robertstown men were sent to the line in the following few minutes, as the visitors frustration appeared to be getting the better of them. However, it was not the deciding factor in the game, as the Rags were already ahead and in control of the game.
Darren Barker was outstanding for Kilcullen in the middle of the park, working tirelessly and scoring 6 points from play. Jamie Lambe also impressed at full forward, scoring 2-1 and causing panic in the Robertstown defence any time was in posession. Shane O’Connor and Brian Bell also did well, in a good all round team performance.
Kilcullen Line-Up: K.Talbot; D.Fisher, S.O’Connor, F.Shortt; C.McMahon, G.Shanahan, B.Fox; D.Barker(0-6), J.Browne(0-2); B.Bell(Capt)(0-3), P.Jones(0-1), R.Toft; P.Bell, J.Lambe(2-1), C.Aspell(0-2f).
A minute’s silence was observed before the game in honour of the late Gerry Brady.
Kilcullen need a miraculous escape now, not to drop to Division 3 after losing at home to Ellistown tonight. The visitors are a decent outfit, and opened strongly with the first 4 points of the game before Paul Bell got the Rags first score of the night. To their credit, Kilcullen battled their way back into the game and a Martin Murphy goal helped the home side to a deserved 1-5 to 0-7 half-time lead. Ellistown again started the half stronger in the second period, but the Rags brought themselves back into it when Cormac Aspell was fouled in the square, and Darren Barker scored from the rebound from his own penalty. But from there, Ellistown surged ahead with a goal of their own and some excellent long range point taking, while the Rags were finding their scores much harder to come by. Kilcullen never lacked for effort and kept working right up to the final whistle, but Ellistown saw it out to take the victory. Best for Kilcullen were Ger Shanahan, Darren Barker and Brian Bell.
Kilcullen Line-Up: F.Shortt; S.O’Connor, R.Aspell, D.Fisher; C.McMahon, G.Shanahan, B.Fox; J.Lambe(0-2), D.Barker(1-0); M.Murphy(1-0), B.Bell(capt), R.Toft; P.Bell(0-1), S.Lambe, C.Aspell(0-5f).
Sub Used: N.Folan
KIlcullen came back from a 7 point half-time deficit to draw level during the second half, but Ballyteague finished strongly to take the spoils, and ensure another frustrating night for the Rags. The first half a was actually very even for the most part, but the visitors were finding their scores easier to come by, as the home defence struggled, and the Larks took a 1-9 to 0-5 half-time lead. The Kilcullen selectors reacted to the defensive problems, by making a number of changes, making four half-time substitutions and a number of positional switches. Kilcullen looked a much stronger unit as a result, and a Shane Lambe goal early in the half was the start of a Rags revival. They added a number of well-taken points, with the Larks adding a few scores of their own, to leave the away side holding a 1-12 to 1-9 lead. The a magnificent Paul Bell ball found Lambe who finished clinically for his second goal and the scores were level. Hopes that Kilcullen would kick on from here for a much needed victory were dashed almost immediately, when Ballyteague responded with a goal of their own. This killer blow seemed to break Kilcullen hearts, and they failed to trouble the scoreboard again, and the visitors added another few socres to take a 2-15 to 2-9 victory. Kilcullen also lost John Whyte to injury during this period, when he was stretchered off with a serious looking leg injury, and hopefully for Chalky who has been making a remarkable effort to get home from England for games, that it’s nothing serious.
Best for Killcullen was Shane Lambe, who has shown great courage to come back from a serious injury himself, and was in lethal form scoring 2-2 from play, while Darren Barker, Paul Bell and substitute Kevin O’Brien all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: K.Talbot; D.Fisher, F.Shortt, S.O’Connor; C.McMahon, B.Bell(capt), R.Toft; D.Barker(0-3), J.Lambe; N.Folan, C.Aspell, S.Pembroke(0-1); P.Bell(0-1), S.Lambe(2-2), J.Whyte(0-2).
Subs Used: P.Jones, R.Aspell, K.O’Brien, G.Shanahan.
Kilcullen failed to end their bad run, despite playing well and dominating this game at times. The Rags got off to a good start and were 0-4 to 0-2 up in the early stages, untill the referee awarded Milltown a penalty, which was despatched to the net brilliantly. Kilcullen were well on top for the remainder of the half, with Thomas Davis and Franny Shortt on top on midfield, but weren’t converting all their chances into scores. Meanwhile, at the other end Milltown were making the most of their chances, and took a 1-7 to 0-7 lead into the break. The Rags battled their way back into the game and when Paul Jones found the net to level the game at 1-8 each, it was no more than they deserved. However, when you are struggling for results and league points, the luck always to go against you, and this proved true, when an attempted point by Milltown dipped in under the crossbar for a fortuitous goal. This proved to be the turning point in the game, as the Rags now had to throw everything at Milltown, thus leaving themselves open at the back. Milltown capitalised on this to find the net for a third time and clinch the victory. The Rags refused to give in, and got a couple of late points, but Milltown held on to take a 3-9 to 1-11 win. Thomas Davis and Franny Shortt excelled in midfield for Kilcullen, while Ciarán McMahon and Paul Jones also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: K.Talbot; D.Fisher, R.Aspell, B.Fox; C.McMahon, B.Bell(capt), R.Toft; T.Davis, F.Shortt; C.Fox(0-1), P.Jones(1-3,1f), P.Bell(0-1); C.Aspell(0-6f), J.Whyte, S.Pembroke.
Subs Used: S.Lambe, G.Shanahan.
Kilcullen’s struggles continued as they went down to Kill in this contest. The Rags opened the scoring with a well-taken Thomas Davis point. However, Kill then found the net to take a lead which they never lost for the remainder of the game. The first half was a scrappy low-scoring affair, and the visitors took a 1-4 to 0-2 lead into the break, with an excellent Kevin Talbot save denying Kill a second goal. Kilcullen were much improved in the second half, and dominated at times, and narrowed the gap to a single point at one stage, and looked destined to get something from the game. However, Kill added another couple of points to leave a goal between the sides. The Rags then threw everything at Kill, and Thomas Davis was desperately unlucky with an attempt on goal that beat the keeper, but was saved on the line by a Kill defender. Then, as the Rags tried to break out of defence for another attack, Kill intercepted a stray pass to score an injury time goal to seal a win, and a scoreline that flattered the visitors. Another Davis goal attempt after that, was deflected onto the crossbar, which summed up Kilcullen’s luck on the night. Best for Kilcullen were Danny Fisher, Thomas Davis and Brian Bell.
Kilcullen Line-Up: K.Talbot; C.McMahon, D.Barker, D.Fisher; J.Lambe, B.Bell, B.Fox; T.Davis(0-2), J.Browne; R.Toft, C.Aspell(0-2f), R.Aspell; P.Jones, J.Whyte(0-1), P.Bell(0-2).
Sub Used: M.Murphy.
Kilcullen suffered defeat in this opening round championship match, but were much improved despite being minus a number of regulars. The Rags got off to a flying start with a Colm Fox point and a Thomas Davis goal giving them a 1-1 to 0-0 early lead. However, Sallins then had a period of dominance and Kilcullen only got one more point from a Fox free for the remainder of the half. Sallins racked up 8 points, and then found the net in first half injury time to take 1-8 to 1-2 half-time lead. The second half began with the same scorers as the first, as Kilcullen scored 1-1 with Davis getting a second goal and Colm Fox pointing from a free to narrow the gap to 1-8 to 2-3. Kilcullen were now on top, and were playing very well, with half-time substitute Johnny Browne making a big impact in the middle of the park. But Sallins kept doing enough to stay a few points clear. The Rags closed the gap to a single point, with the score at 1-11 to 2-7 but Sallins scored an excellently taken goal against the run of play to extend their lead to 4. But, this Rags performance was full of heart and they refused to give in. Sallins only added one more score for the remainder of the game, and there was a 3 point margin heading into injury time, and Kilcullen threw everything at them to get an equalizing goal. A brilliant team move culminated in corner back Jamie Lambe having a shot on goal which looked destined for the net, but it deflected of a Sallins man, who didn’t know much about it, out for a 45. Danny Fisher chipped the resulting 45 into the dangerzone, and Johnny Browne got up well to get a fist to it, but it just went over the bar, when it looked like it might find the net. Sallins hung on for a 2-12 to 2-10 lead, with Damien Behan and Eamon McCormack both excelling. A depleted Rags team showed great spirit and were much improved and will pick up a few results soon, if they can maintain the effort shown here. Ciarán McMahon, Thomas Davis and Colm Fox all did well for Kilcullen, while substitute Johnny Browne made a big impact in the second half.
Kilcullen Line-Up: K.Talbot; D.Fisher, R.Aspell, J.Lambe(0-1); C.McMahon, B.Bell, B.Fox; T.Davis(2-0), F.Shortt; R.Toft, C.Aspell, P.Bell; P.Jones(0-1f), C.Fox(0-5,4f), J.Whyte(0-2).
Sub Used: J.Browne(0-1).
Kilcock were comprehensive victors in this game, winning by 3-14 to 0-5. The home side built up a 1-8 to 0-3 lead in the first half, with a strong wind at their backs. However, the Rags would still have thought they had a chance of getting back into the game playing with the wind in the second period. But, it was not to be, as the Rags struggled to make any inroads into the game. Kilcock were dominant, particularly in midfield, and went on the record a deserved and convinicing win, and on this form would have to be fancied to clinch promotion, aswell as returning to the senior ranks at the first attempt. A bad day all round for Kilcullen was also made worse by a bad injury suffered by Ger Shanahan, who left the field with a broken arm. Kevin Talbot played well in goals for the Rags, and made a number of excellent saves, and the scoreline could have been a lot worse were it not for his efforts. Colm Fox and John Whyte also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: K.Talbot; C.McMahon, B.Fox, S.O’Connor; R.Toft, B.Bell, G.Shanahan; D.Barker, F.Shortt; C.Fox(0-4f), T.Davis, S.Pembroke; P.Jones, C.Aspell(0-1), J.Whyte.
Subs Used: N.Folan, M.Murphy, R.Aspell, P.Bell.
Raheens were deserved winners of this contest scoring 1-7 in both halves to to take a 9 point win over Kilcullen. The Rags had a number of regulars back from injury and got off to a great start scoring the opening three points of the game. In a very entertaining first half, the visitors then hit back with 1-1. The teams traded scores and looked set the go in level at the break, but Raheens hit 4 quick unanswered points to take a 1-7 to 0-6 lead. Both teams got early points in the second half, before Raheens found the net again to take a 2-8 to 0-7 lead and never really looked back from there. Kilcullen were never outclassed in the game, and kept working hard right up to the end. However, while everything Raheens hit seemed to find the target, some of the Rags shooting was wayward, and indecision also cost them dearly on a few occasions. Kilcullen will be gald to have a number of regulars back in the fold, and hopeful that results will pick up as they get more game time under their belts. Darren Barker played very well on his return from injury, but had to be substituted at the break as the Kildare Juniors are in championship action next week, while Thomas Davis and Paul Jones also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: D.Fisher; C.McMahon, R.Aspell, S.O’Connor; R.Toft, B.Bell, F.Shortt; G.Shanahan, B.Fox; D.Barker(0-2), T.Davis(0-1), C.Fox(0-2f); P.Jones(0-3,1f), C.Aspell(0-3,2f), J.Whyte.
Subs Used: P.Bell, M.Murphy, S.Pembroke.
An opening blitz by Ballymore in the first 10 minutes where the home side scored an unanswered 2-2 proved too much for a depleted Kilcullen in this contest. It was touch and go as to whether the game would actually go ahead, as heavy rain had left the Ballymore pitch in poor condition. However, it didn’t affect the home side who adapted better to conditions to play the direct football needed in the circumstances. After that opening spell, it was a very even affair for the remainder of the game, but despite Kilcullen’s refusal to give in, they never really looked like closing the gap. The sides traded a few scores to leave the score at 2-7 to 0-6 to the home side at half-time. Already without a number of regulars through injury, Kilcullen lost Paul Jones to injury at half-time, and made a number of positional switches including moving Thomas Davis to the edge of the square, which made a difference in the opening stages of the half. But with the pitch now cutting up considerably, it didn’t make for good football, and a low scoring half was the result, and Ballymore saw out the game to take a deserved win.
Best for the Rags were Ronan Aspell, Johnny Browne and Brian Bell.
Kilcullen Line-Up: D.Fisher; S.O’Connor, F.Shortt, C.McMahon; M.Murphy, R.Aspell, RToft; Thomas Davis(0-3f), J.Browne; W.Jones, J.Whyte, B.Bell; P.Jones(0-1f), J.Lambe(0-2), S.Pembroke(0-1).
Subs Used: P.Bell, K.O’Brien.
Kilcullen are still searching for their first win of the season, after Suncroft’s excellent second half come-back. The first half was a very even affair, but Kilcullen’s finishing was better and they took a 0-6 to 0-4 lead into the break, despite Killian Brennan’s dominance at midfield for Suncroft. The Rags started the second half strongly and held a 0-8 to 0-4 lead, when Colm Fox had an excellent chance for a goal, but the Croft keeper pulled off a fantastic save. This appeared to galvanise the visitors, and they clawed their way back into the game with 3 points in arow, including a couple of excellent scores from Ciaran Dowling. Suncroft then scored a goal from the penalty spot, with Kilcullen keeper Danny Fisher getting a hand to it, and very unlucky not to keep it out, and that sealed the game for Suncroft who added a further point to take a 1-8 to 0-8 win.
Best for Kilcullen were Martin Murphy, Jamie Lambe and Paul Bell, while Mossy Hartnett, Ciaran Dowling and Killian Brennan excelled for the visitors.
Kilcullen Line-Up – D.Fisher; S.O’Connor, F.Shortt, C.McMahon; M.Murphy, R.Aspell, G.Shanahan; J.Lambe(0-3), T.Davis(0-1); P.Jones(0-1f), J.Whyte, P.Bell(0-1); C.Fox(0-1f), S.Pembroke(0-1), C.Aspell.
Subs Used: J.Browne, W.Jones.
Kilcullen produced a remarkable second half comeback to draw with St.Kevin’s having trailed by 10 points at half-time. The Rags trailed by 2-7 to 0-3 at the break, but despite missing a number of regulars through injury, mounted an excellent revival to take a welll earned draw. Kilcullen chipped away at the St.Kevin’s leaduin the second period, and even the solitary point the home side got in the second half was very debatable as to whether it was a score. The switch of bringing Jamie Lambe out the field proved a masterstoke as he scored two well taken points and was involved in a number of of other scores. A long range attempted point by Thomas Davis was fumbled into the net by the home keeper, but nobody could argue that the Rags didn’t deserve a bit of luck for their second half revival. The comeback for Kilcullen was overshadowed by a serious facial injury suffered off the ball by Shane Lambe. Ronan Aspell, Martin Murphy, Thomas Davis and Colm Fox all excelled for Kilcullen.
Kilcullen Line-Up: J.Lambe(0-2); S.O’Connor, R.Aspell, C.McMahon; M.Murphy, J.Browne, R.Toft; T.Davis(1-2), J.Whyte; C.Fox(0-5,2f), P.Jones(0-1f), P.Bell; W.Jones, S.Lambe, C.Aspell(0-1).
Subs Used: D.Fisher.
Kilcullen will be disappointed not to have taken a victory in their first home game of this year’s league. The Rags were 3 points ahead with 15 minutes to go, and had an extra man for the entire second half, after Caragh wing-back Ivan Moran was dismissed for two yellow card offences just before half-time.
Caragh started brightly, with county Junior star Dan Campbell particularly impressive as the visitors took a 0-6 to 0-2 lead. Kilcullen looked in trouble but a Cormac Aspell goal brought the Rags right back into it, and the home side finish the half strongly to take a 1-6 to 0-7 half-time lead. With the home side now having the momentum, and Caragh reduced to 14, you would have expected Kilcullen to kick on in the second half, but they struggled to get going. The Rags held a 3 point lead at one stage, and should have put the game to bed, but a combination of Caragh determination, and Kilcullen over-elaboration meant the Rags dominance wasn’t reflected on the scorebaord. Caragh refused to give in and got a couple of late scores for a hard earned draw.
Kilcullen’s best player was Darren Barker and the Rags will be hoping that the injury that saw him stretchered off isn’t as serious as it looked. Ger Shanahan, Paul Jones and Cormac Aspell also all did well.
Kilcullen-Line-Up: P.Maher; M.Murphy, R.Aspell, C.McMahon; R.Toft(0-1), K.O’Brien, G.Shanahan; D.Barker(0-2), F.Shortt; P.Jones, B.Bell(0-1), C.Fox(0-2,1f); C.Aspell(1-3), J.Whyte, P.Bell.
Subs Used: T.Davis, S.Lambe, J.Browne.
Kilcullen were much improved in this game, and were very unlucky not to get at least a draw. This performance, and the important players still to come back will send the Rags into the league in decent spirits. The game was very even in the first half, with the sides tied at 0-5 each until Kilcock hit the crossbar and then got a goal from the rebound. The visitors added two late points to take a 1-7 to 0-5 leadinto the break. Kilcullen could not close to the gap to any less than 4 points for the majority of the second half, but refused to give in and finished very strongly to close the gap to a single point. Unfortunately, the Rags ran out of time to take something from the game, but will be satisfied with their performance. Best for Kilcullen were Shane O’Connor, Ronan Toft and Brian Bell, while Colm Fox put in a fine display of free-taking.
Kilcullen Line-Up: P.Maher; C.McMahon, K.O’Brien, S.O’Connor; B.Fox, F.Shortt, R.Toft(0-1); J.Browne, D.Hickey; P.Bell, B.Bell, C.Fox(0-8f); N.Folan, J.Whyte, P.Jones(0-2,1f).
Subs Used: J.Caplis, W.Jones, K.Fox, M.Murphy.
Kilcullen were well beaten by a strong Monasterevin side in this game, but will not read too much into it as they were minus a number of regulars. A very poor quality first half in which neither side troubled the scorebaord for the opening 20 minutes finished 0-3 each, and it appeared to be anyone’s game. However, while Monasterevin were much improved in the second half, the Rags never got going at all. There were some positives for the Rags as Ger Shanahan performed well in an unfamiliar midfield role, while Paul Jones and Howard Peacocke both played well in the half-forward line.
Kilcullen Line-Up: P.Maher; S.O’Connor, C.McMahon, N.Folan; B.Fox, R.Aspell, R.Toft; G.Shanahan(0-1), F.Shortt; H.Peacocke, P.Jones(capt)(0-3,2f), C.Fox(0-1f); C.Aspell, P.Bell, M.Murphy.
Subs Used: J.Whyte, J.Browne.