Kilcullen exited the championship in tame fashion, after a very disappointing performance against Castlemitchell. The Rags never got going in this contest, while Castlemitchell were hungrier and sharper from the start. It was a bad night at the office all round for Kilcullen. They trailed by 1-3 to 0-2 at the break, and we still only 4 points down midway through the second half at 1-5 to 0-4. However, Castlemitchell then got two goals to put the game to bed, and earn a place in the final. Best for Kilcullen were Danny Fisher, Darren Barker and substitute Howard Peacocke.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Mark Brophy, Shane O’Connor, Danny Fisher; Jamie Lambe, Kevin O’Brien, John Keatley; Darren Barker(Capt), Warren Kinsella; Shane Lambe, Brian Bell(0-1), Paul Bell; Paul Jones(0-3), John Whyte, Shay Pembroke.
Subs Used: Howard Peacocke(0-1), Cormac Aspell, Graham Lavin.
Kilcullen put in an excellent performance in this game, dominating from start to finish, against a Cappagh side who had beaten them twice in the league. An excellent team move culminated in Warren Kinsella finishing to the net for a lead the Rags wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game. Kilcullen had a 1-8 to 0-7 lead at half-time, and would have felt they should have been further ahead. However, Cappagh had hung in there, with former Kildare player Ronan Walsh getting a couple of good long range points. The game was decided in the third quarter with the Rags scoring 2-5 in the first 15 minutes of the second half, with goals from Paul Jones and Shay Pembroke. This meant they held a 3-13 to 1-9 lead, with Cappagh scoring a fortuitous that went into the net off Kilcullen’s Danny Fisher. Kilcullen added 4 further points to seal a comprehensive and deserved 3-17 to 1-9 win.
Paul Jones and Shay Pembroke were excellent as a two man full forward line for Kilcullen, constantly terrorising the Cappagh defence and scoring 2-10 between them. John Keatley, Warren Kinsella and Paul Bell all also excelled.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Shane O’Connor, Mark Brophy; Jamie Lambe, Kevin O’Brien, John Keatley; Warren Kinsella(1-0), Darren Barker(capt)(0-2); Paul Bell(0-2), Brian Bell(0-2), Shane Lambe; John Whyte, Paul Jones(1-6,1f), Shay Pembroke(1-4,1f).
Subs Used: Graham Lavin, Darren Stokes, Cormac Aspell(0-1).
Kilcullen bounced back from a heavy defeat in their last game, to record a good win over Milltown. The Rags looked determined from the start, and two excellent goals by Darren Barker and Shane Lambe helped them to a 2-2 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes. Kilcullen dominated the first half, but conceded a sloppy goal against the run of play which meant they were only ahead by 2-5 to 1-2 at the break when they really should have been further clear. Milltown improved in the second half, although the Rags were still clearly the better side. However, the gap was down to 3 points with 10 minutes remaining and Milltown started to believe they would get something from the game. The teams exchanged points, before Shay Pembroke put the game to bed with a composed finish to give the Rags a 3-11 to 1-11 win.
Darren Barker was the outstanding player on the field, while Howard Peacocke, Shane Lambe and Paul Jones all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Mark Brophy, Shane O’Connor, Danny Fisher; Howard Peacocke(0-1), Jamie Lambe, John Keatley; Darren Barker(1-3,1f), Warren Kinsella; Shane Lambe(1-2), Brian Bell, Paul Bell; Paul Jones(0-4,3f), John Whyte, Shay Pembroke(1-1,1f).
Subs Used: Graham Lavin, Darren Stokes, Cormac Aspell.
It was a bad day at the office for Kilcullen as championship favourites Straffan were convinving winners of this game. The game was over as a contest after just 12 minutes, as Straffan had racked up 2-7 to no score for the Rags. The second goal was a moment of class by former Kildare player Rob Kelly. The Rags were awarded a first half penalty which resulted in the Straffan keeper getting a black card. However, the sub keeper got a hand to Shay Pembroke’s penalty and pushed it over the bar. The second half was a non event, with Straffan coasting as the game was won. Austin Allen completed an impressive hat-trick and they went on to win by 4-17 to 0-8. Straffan look an excellent side and it’s hard to see anyone stopping them in this championship. Graham Lavin, Shane Lambe and Brian Bell all tried their best in a day to forget for Kilcullen.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Darren Stokes, Shane O’Connor; Mark Brophy, Darren Barker(Capt), Jamie Lambe; John Keatley, Howard Peacocke; Shane Lambe(0-1), Brian Bell, Paul Bell; John Whyte, Graham Lavin(0-2), Shay Pembroke(0-4,3f,1pen).
Sub Used: Cormac Aspell (0-1).
Kilcullen bounced back to winning ways with a clinical 3-16 to 0-11 defeat of Rathcoffey. The result was all the more impressive, considering the number of regular starters that the Rags were missing. Most of the damage was done in the first half, with Shane Lambe pulling the strings at centre forward and Paul Jones and Shay Pembroke creating havoc in the Rathcoffey defence. Kilcullen were 2-10 to 0-5 up at half-time with Jones scoring a well taken goal, and Pembroke brought down for a needless penalty which he took and scored himself. The game was over as a contest at this stage but the Rags added a further 1-6 in the second half, including another Jones goal and took a 3-16 to 0-11 win.
Paul Jones was outstanding for Kilcullen, while Darren Stokes, Graham Lavin and Shane Lambe also all excelled.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Mark Brophy(0-1), Darren Stokes, Danny Fisher; Dwayne O’Connor, Shane O’Connor, Graham Lavin(0-1); Howard Peacocke(0-1), Kevin O’Brien; Christy Howard(0-1), Shane Lambe(0-1), Paul Bell(0-2); John Whyte, Paul Jones(2-6,1f), Shay Pembroke(1-3,1-0pen).
Subs Used: David McMahon, Kevin O’Neill.
Nurney ran out 3 point winners of this tight top of the table contest and look certain to make a league final. However, the Rags still have work to do, having struggled to get going in this game. Nurney were well on top in the first half, with former Kildare player Willie Heffernan dominating midfield. The home side should have been further clear at the break, and Kilcullen will have been happy to have not played well and to be down by just 0-7 to 0-3. The Rags stepped it up in the second half and a fine Paul Jones point and a penalty from Shay Pembroke got back level. At this stage, it looked as if Kilcullen would be the team to kick on, but Nurney finished strongly to take a 0-11 to 1-5 lead.
Half-time substitute Kevin O’Brien was excellent for Kilcullen, while Paul Jones and Shay Pembroke did well on limited supply.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Shane O’Connor, Mark Brophy; Howard Peacocke, Willie Jones, Dwayne O’Connor; John Keatley, Darren Barker(Capt); Christy Howard, Brian Bell, Paul Bell; John Whyte, Paul Jones(0-3), Shay Pembroke(1-1,1pen,1f).
Subs Used: Kevin O’Brien, Shane Lambe(0-1), Darren Stokes.
The Rags lost their first match in 8 games, as Castlemitchell ran out deserved winners in this contest. Kilcullen struggled to get going in the first half, as they badly missed the drive and leadership of suspended captain Darren Barker. The Rags trailed by 8 points at one stage at 2-6 to 0-4, but rallied a bit towards the end of the half to bring it back to 2-7 to 0-7. The only positive in an otherwise disappointing half was the form of full forward Cormac Aspell who was playing like a man with a point to prove. The home side came right back into the game in the second half, and got within a point of Castlemitchell, and looked like they would kick on for the victory. But in fairness to the visitors they dug in and scored a couple of late points to take a deserved victory. Brian Bell was excellent for Kilcullen and showed good leadership for the Rags as they fought back in the second half, while Cormac Aspell, John Keatley and Paul Jones all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Willie Jones, Mark Brophy; Howard Peacocke, Jamie Lambe(Capt), Ronan Toft; John Keatley(0-1), Adam Phelan; Paul Jones(0-4), Brian Bell(0-1), David Neill; Ger Shanahan, Cormac Aspell(0-6,4f), Shay Pembroke(0-1).
Sus Used: Paul Bell(0-1), Shane Lambe, Gary Kenny, Graham Lavin, Ben Foran, David McMahon.
Report by Tara Byrne
Following on from a strong start to this season’s league, Kilcullen quickly put away the challenge of Rheban to ensure a first win in this Tom Cross JFC Group 2 clash. Hitting 1-6 without reply in the opening helped them vastly along their way to an emphatic victory. Early points from Paul Jones, Shay Pembroke and Brian Bell hit a third before Jones was again pointing. Preventing Jones from taking over sole scoring duties, Shane Lambe pointed before Jones registered his third on the night. Rheban looked to have no answer to the rampant Rags as Bell lined up to see the ball past Christy Byrnefor the first goal, giving his side a 9 point advantage with just 9 minutes gone. Despite it looking ominous for Rheban they bagan to spark to life as the half wore on, as they traded points with Kilcullen for the remainder of the half seeing them trail 1-8 to 0-3 at the break.
Needing to be the first from the blocks after the restart, this was not to be the case for Rheban as they allowed Kilcullen yet another unanswered tally to put the result beyond doubt. Points from Lambe, Jones and Darren Barker extending the lead. A point from Dean Carthy was unable to re-awaken the Rheban side as Pembroke and Barker poured forward once more to quell any attempted Rheban fight back. Two final points from Natahan Owens and Carthy rounded off the Rheban attack as Jamie Lambe finished off in style for Kilcullen hitting 1-1 late on to ensure an emphatic fourteen point victory.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Willie Jones, Mark Brophy; Ronan Toft, Ger Shanahan, Jamie Lambe(1-1,1-0pen); Adam Phelan, Darren Barker(0-2,1f); Paul Jones(0-4), Brian Bell(1-2), David Neill; Shane Lambe(0-2), Shay Pembroke(0-3), Howard Peacocke.
Subs Used: John Lavin, John Keatley, Paul Bell.
The Rags came out deserved winners after this hard fought physical contest with Nurney. KIlcullen were excellent in the furst half showing great teamwork and commitment. Kilcullen defended in numbers and smothered Nurney’s potent attack. Darren Barker was dominant in midfield, and the Rags took a 0-6 to 0-3 lead into the break. Just before half-time, Nurney’s frustrations got the better of them and they were reduced to 14 when one of their players petulantly kicked out at Kilcullen corner back Danny Fisher. For the first 10 minutes of the second half, the sending off seemed to galvanise the visitiors, while Kilcullen struggled to make use of the extra man. Nurney actually took the lead at 0-8 to 0-7, but the home side made a couple of substitutions which gave them a better shape, and they finished the game brilliantly. The Rags put together some excellent attacking moves with good scores from Paul Jones and Brian Bell. The crowning moment was an excellent team move where they showed great patience to work a score that was finished by Shay Pembroke.
Shane O’Connor was outstanding at full back for Kilcullen, while Danny Fisher, Ger Shanahan, Darren Barker and Paul Jones all also excelled.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Shane O’Connor, Mark Brophy; Ronan Toft, Jamie Lambe, Howard Peacocke; Darren Barker(capt)(0-4,3f), Adam Phelan(0-1); Paul Jones(0-5,2f), Brian Bell(0-1), Paul Bell(0-1); Ger Shanahan, John Keatley, Shane Lambe.
Subs Used: Shay Pembroke(0-1), John Whyte.
The Rags were comprehensive winners in this contest, as they won their third game in succession. The first quarter of the game was very even with the the visitors cancelling out David Neill’s early goal for the Rags to make it 1-2 each. Grange could then have gone 3 points into the lead, but for a top drawer point blank save from Paddy Maher. This seemed to wake Kilcullen up, and they went on to dominate the remainder of the half. Further goals from Paul Jones and Shane O’Connor, now operating at centre back after an early injury to John Lavin, helped the home side to a 3-7 to 1-4 half-time lead.
Grange refused to give in, and tried their best to work a way back into the game, but the Rags were in good form and kicked on again to take a 4-15 to 1-11 win, scoring 4-14 from play. Paul Jones was in top scoring from finishing up with 2-4, while Willie Jones, Ronan Toft and Brian Bell also all excelled in a good team performance.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Willie Jones, Shane O’Connor(1-0); Ronan Toft(0-2), John Lavin, Howard Peacocke; Darren Barker(capt)(0-2), Adam Phelan; Paul Bell(0-2), Brian Bell(0-4), David Neill(1-1); Paul Jones(2-4,1f), John Keatley, Graham Lavin.
Subs Used: Mark Brophy, Dwayne O’Connor, David McMahon, Jamie Lambe.
Kilcullen produced a great battling performance to get an excellent result with a 1-8 to 0-10 away to local rivals Suncroft. The Rags got off to an excellent start with a great team move culminating in Brian Bell finishing neatly to the net. After that it was a fairly even half, although the Rags would have been hoping for a bigger half-time lead than 1-4 to 0-4, as they be against the breeze and the slope in the second half. However, Kilcullen played very well in the second half showing great team spirit and organisation against a more experienced Suncroft side and a few questionable refereeing decisions. Captain Darren Barker led by example with a fantastic solo run and point which really inspired his team-mates. The Rags held a 3 point lead heading into injury time. Suncroft pulled one back, and in the dying minutes Fionn Dowling attempted to blast a ball to the back of the net but it went over the bar. Kilcullen held out for a deserved win.
Darren Barker was oustanding for Kilcullen, while Danny Fisher, Adam Phelan, Shane Lambe and early substitute Howard Peacocke also excelled.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Willie Jones, Gary Kenny; Jamie Lambe, John Lavin, Ronan Toft; Darren Barker(capt)(0-1), Adam Phelan; Paul Jones(0-2,1f), Brian Bell(1-0), Paul Bell(0-3,2f); Shane O’Connor, Shane Lambe(0-1), John Keatley.
Subs Used: Howard Peacocke, John Whyte(0-1)
Kilcullen opened their league campaign with a disappointing defeat at home to Cappagh. Cappagh, who are managed by former Kilcullen trainer Brian Murray are a much improved outfit from last year, but the Rags will still feel like they should have won the game. The home side took a 0-5 to 0-2 lead into the break, but were to rue a couple of missed goal chances in the opening half. Cappagh worked their way back into the game to take the lead. However, the Rags looked like they would kick on again and seal the victory when substitute John Whyte gave them a 0-10 to 1-5 lead after a brilliant run from Ronan Toft. However, Kilcullen got deeper and invited pressure on themselves which the visitors took full advantage of, scoring the last 3 points of the game including 2 excellent scores from former Kildare panellist Ronan Walsh, to take the win. Best for Kilcullen were Ronan Toft, Gary Kenny and Jamie Lambe.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Danny Fisher, Shane O’Connor, Gary Kenny; Ronan Toft(0-1), John Lavin, Jamie Lambe(capt)(0-1); Brian Bell, Adam Phelan(0-3,2’45s); David Neill, Paul Jones(0-3,2f), Shane Lambe; Ger Shanahan, Cormac Aspell(0-1f), John Keatley.
Subs Used: Shay Pembroke, John Whyte(0-1)
Straffan just edged out the Rags in this tight competitive game by a single point after extra time. Kilcullen had a strong wind at their backs in the first half, and would have been disappointed to only take a 1-3 to 0-2 lead into break, having dominated proceedings. David Neill opened the scoring with a well taken goal, but the Rags could only add 3 points to this in the remainder of the half, despite having plenty of posession. In the second half, Straffan gradually worked their way back into the game. Kilcullen scored 2 points in the second half against the wind, and it looked like this might be enough. However, to Straffan’s credit, they didn’t panic and they chipped away at the lead, and got a deserved leveller in the dying minutes. This left the score at Straffan 0-8 Kilcullen 1-5 and the game went to extra-time. The momentum was now with the home side, and they actually scored two points against the wind in the first period of extra time, and added two more in the second period to take a 4 point lead. Kilcullen refused to give in, and a brilliant run from John Keatley set Shay Pembroke up to finish to the net. However, Straffan held out to qualify for the final.
Kilcullen will take plenty of positives from the game, they never gave in and with a couple of important players still to come back, they can look forward to the upcoming league with optimism. Ger Shanahan epitomised the Rags hard work, leading by example to his younger team mates, while John Keatley and Shay Pembroke also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up – Paddy Maher; Shane O’Connor, Willie Jones, Gary Kenny; Jamie Lambe, John Lavin, Ger Shanahan; John Keatley, Adam Phelan; Paul Bell, Paul Jones (0-2,1f), David Neill (1-0); Brian Bell, Cormac Aspell, Shay Pembroke(1-3).
Subs Used – Graham Lavin, John Whyte, Ronan Toft, Mark Brophy, Dwayne O’Connor, Jamie Caplis, Ben Foran.
Kilcullen opened the season with a decent win against Moorefield’s B team in the Dowling Cup. The game definitely lived up to the cliché of a game of two halves, as both sides could only manage one point when facing into the strong wind. The Rags took full advantage of the conditions to take a 2-7 to 0-1 half-time lead with well worked goals from John Keatley and Darren Barker, and some excellent points from Cormac Aspell and Paul Bell. As was to be expected, the Moors started eating into the Kilcullen lead in the second half, to close the gap to 3 points. The Moorefield keeper also made an excellent save from a Darren Barker penalty during this period. Despite, the home side’s best efforts, Kilcullen held out and Paddy Maher made a point blank save to deny Moorefield a leveller. Substitute David Neill pointed to seal a deserved win for the Rags.
Darren Barker was excellent for Kilcullen at centre back, while Brian Bell, John Keatley and sub Ronan Toft all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Paddy Maher; Gary Kenny, Willie Jones, Mark Brophy; Jamie Lambe, Darren Barker(1-0), Dwayne O’Connor; Adam Phelan, Shane O’Connor; Paul Bell(0-3), Brian Bell, Paul Jones(0-1); John Keatley(1-0), Cormac Aspell(0-3,2f), John Lavin.
Subs Used: Ronan Toft, Danny Fisher, Jamie Caplis, Ben Foran, Darren Stokes, David Neill(0-1).