Despite the scoreline, this was actually a very even contest. However, the difference between the sides was Ellistown were clinical with their goal chances, while at the other end, their keeper was in inspired form. The home side were a much more experienced side and they were the better team in the first half and took a 2-5 to 0-2 half-time lead. The Kilcullen management gave their side a strong talking to, at half-time, and in fairness to them they responded well, and played very well in the second half. The introduction of Hook Kelly made a big difference and the Rags started to win a lot of posession. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t capitalise on their dominance and missed a number of good chances.
However, this was mostly a very young Rags side and they will have learned plenty from it, and there’s plenty to build on for the upcoming championship. Best for Kilcullen were Kieron Domican, Ross Coughlan, Graham Lavin and Hook Kelly.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Mark Dooley; Gary Kenny, Ronan Aspell, Jason Lynch; Johnny Caplis, John Lavin(0-1), Niall Folan; Ben Foran, John Keatley; Jamie Caplis, Kieron Domican(0-2,1f,1’45), Mark O’Connor(0-1); Ross Coughlan, Shay Pembroke, Graham Lavin(0-2).
Subs Used: Michael ‘Hook’ Kelly(0-1), David McMahon, Martin Murphy(0-1), David Keane, Wayne Condron.
Kilcullen ensured qualification for the semi-finals with after a strong finish to this contest gave them a 2-16 to 1-12 win over Castlemitchell. The Rags battled well against a strong wind in the first half with a couple of well-taken Mark O’Connor frees helping the Rags to go in level at 0-6 each at half-time. There was some excellent football from both sides in the second half, and there was never more than a couple of points in it either way until Kilcullen stepped it up in the final 10 minutes to score 1-5 without reply. The young Rags side produced some excellent attacking moves in this period, as their superior fitness and strong bench meant Kilcullen sealed a deserved win and a place in the semi-finals.
Best for Kilcullen were John Lavin, John Keatley, David Neill, Kieran Domican and sub Shay Pembroke.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Jake Pembroke; Gary Kenny, Ronan Aspell, Jason Lynch; Niall Folan, John Lavin, Johnny Caplis; David Neill(0-1), John Keatley; Mark O’Connor(0-5,3f), Kieran Domican(1-2,1f), Jamie Caplis(0-1); Graham Lavin(0-2), Wayne Condron, Ross Coughlan(1-1).
Subs Used: Shay Pembroke(0-3), Danny Fisher, David Keane(0-1), David McMahon.
Kilcullen Juniors came out on top after a hard fought contest against local rivals Ballymore. The game was very even the whole way through and two excellent long range points from Michael ‘Hook’ Kelly helped the Rags to a 0-5 to 0-4 half-time lead. Kilcullen stepped it up again in the second half, and despite a well-taken goal from Ballymore, they did enough to take a deserved 0-11 to 1-6 lead. Best for Kilcullen were Kieran Domican, Ben Foran, John Keatley and Mark O’Connor.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Mark Dooley; John Lavin, Niall Folan, Gary Kenny; Kieran Domican(0-1), Jason Lynch, Wayne Condron; Ben Foran(0-2), John Keatley; Adam Timmons, Martin Murphy(0-1), Jamie Caplis(0-1); Mark O’Connor(0-3f), Michael Kelly(0-2), Aaron Dowling.
Subs Used: Ross Coughlan(0-1), Jordan Hodgkins.
A strong Ellistown side racked up 1-10 with the wind at their backs in the first half, and although the Rags came back strongly in the second half, they were never going to be able to close the gap. A depleted Kilcullen side with a mix of young and old gave everything, and there is plenty to build on, when they get a few players back. Best for Kilcullen were Niall Folan, Willie Jones and Ben Foran.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Mark Dooley; Mark Brophy, Martin Murphy, Jamie Caplis; Niall Folan, Willie Jones, Johnny Caplis(0-1); Ben Foran(0-1), Franny Shortt(0-2,1f); Seánie O’Brien(0-1), Mark O’Connor, Jason Lynch; Aaron Dowling, Niall Timmons(1-0), David Keane.