Ellistown have qualified for the Reserve C Championship Final after a hard fought physical game against Kilcullen. The Rags never really got going in this game. They trailed by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break, having missed a number of good scoring chances. Ellistown were 5 points up with 15 minutes to go, but Kilcullen substitute David Sexton buried the ball to the net to bring his side right back into the game. Andrew Talt got down well to save an Ellistown penalty, before an Alan Kenny point narrowed the gap to one, but Ellistown had plenty of experience in their side and saw out the game to win by 2 points. Kilcullen gave everything but it wasn’t to be. It’s been an excellent season for the lads, winning their league and reaching a championship semi-final.
Best on the night for the Rags were Gary Kenny, Fergus Aspell and Wayne Condron.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; Gary Kenny, Niall Folan, Ben Phelan; David McMahon, Fergus Aspell, Ronan Aspell; Dwayne O’Connor(Capt)(0-1), Ben Foran; Wayne Condron, Martin Murphy, Colm Byrne(0-1); Christy Howard(0-2), Colm Sheehan(0-1), Alan Kenny(0-4,2f).
Subs Used: David Sexton(1-0), Jamie Caplis.
Having needed a late equalizer in the drawn game to bring this game to a replay, Kilcullen were never headed in this game. The Rags had the wind at their backs in the first half, and experienced forward Christy Howard led the way scoring 4 of Kilcullen’s 6 points as they took a 0-6 to 0-2 half-time lead. The wind actually picked up as Kilcullen had the face the breeze in the second half, and 4 points wasn’t much of a cushion to have in the conditions. However, the Rags made an astute move bringing on veteran Fergus Aspell as a sweeper in the second half as the Kilcullen defence stood firm. The Rags dominated the third quarter of the game and held a 2-9 to 0-3 lead, helped by good goals from Alan Kenny and Colm Byrne. Ardclough responded with 2-2 without reply to narrow the gap to 4 points but substitute David Sexton was the calmest man on the pitch as he stroked over an insurance point to seal a 2-10 to 2-5 win for Kilcullen. The Rags now advance to face Ellistown in the semi-finals.
Best for Kilcullen were Kevin O’Brien, David McMahon, Kieron Domican and Christy Howard.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; Eoin Stafford, Nial Folan, Gary Kenny; David McMahon, Ronan Aspell, Ben Phelan; Ben Foran, Kevin O’Brien; Kieron Domican(0-2,1f), Colm Byrne(1-0), Ross Coughlan(0-1); Alan Kenny(1-1), Colm Sheehan, Christy Howard(0-5,3f).
Subs Used: Fergus Aspell, David Sexton(0-1), Jack Dooley, Jamie Caplis.
Having won their league (Division 5 South), Kilcullen faced the North winners Clogherinkoe to be outright county Division 5 Champions. On a wet night in Rathangan, the Rags didn’t manage to produce the excellent football they had in their previous games. However, they battled hard against a tough Clogherinkoe side and it took a goal in the dying minutes of extra time to separate the sides. The Rags missed a number of early chances in the game, and then Clogherinkoe had a period of dominance, but a clinical Ben Foran penalty following a foul on Graham Lavin meant the sides went in level at 1-3 to 0-6. The second half was a scrappy affair, and both sides will feel they had enough chances to win the game. Clogherinkoe looked set for a single point victory, but the Rags worked an opening for Fergus Aspell to score an injury time equalizer, to take the game to extra-time. Neither side could find the target in the opening period of extra time, but as players on both sides tired, the game opened up in the second period. Both sides scored two points, before Clogherinkoe got the match winning goal to break Kilcullen hearts. While it was not Kilcullen’s best performance, they showed great courage and fight and were very unluckly in defeat.
Best for the Rags were Gary Kenny, Fergus Aspell, Kevin O’Brien and Graham Lavin.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; Darren Stokes, Ronan Aspell, Gary Kenny; David McMahon, Fergus Aspell(0-2), Ben Phelan; Ben Foran(1-2,1-0pen), Kevin O’Brien; Colm Byrne, Martin Murphy, Wayne Condron; Alan Kenny, Graham Lavin(0-5,4f), Colm Sheehan.
Subs Used: Ross Coughlan, Jason Lynch, Kieron Domican, Colm O’Brien.
Kilcullen were comprehensive winners of this championship game against local rivals Ballymore. The Rags were outstanding in the first half, moving the ball at pace and showing great teamwork. Their fitness and movement was too much for Ballymore, and this was typified by a great team which culminated with Ben Foran finishing calmly to the net. Kilcullen held a 1-11 to 0-2 lead at half-time. As is only natural, with the game won, and the Rags using the opportunity to use a number of subs, the intensity of their performance dropped a bit in the second half. However, they still added a further 1-2 with substitute Jason Lynch scoring a well-taken goal.
Fergus Aspell rolled back the years for the Rags scoring 3 points from centre back, while Niall Folan, Ben Foran and Colm Byrne all also did well in a good all round team performance.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; Darren Stokes, Niall Folan, Gary Kenny; Ben Phelan, Fergus Aspell(0-3), David McMahon; Ben Foran(1-0), Dwayne O’Connor(Capt); Colm Byrne(0-3), Martin Murphy(0-2), Wayne Condron; Colm Sheehan(0-1), Graham Lavin(0-2,1f), Alan Kenny(0-2f).
Subs Used: Colm O’Brien, Kevin O’Neill, Kieron Domican, Jason Lynch(1-0), Jack Dooley, Lee Kavanagh.
This game was an excellent hard fought physical contest between two local rivals, and the Rags ran out deserved winners. Kilcullen got off to a flying start, scoring the first 4 points of the game. However, Suncroft were well in the game and will be disappointed with the amount of wides they kicked in the first half. Despite this, they did work their way back into the game, but a brilliant solo goal by Colm Byrne for Kilcullen meant there was 3 points between the sides at the break. Things got worse for Suncroft when a scuffle broke out, which saw veteran Anthony Rainbow receive a straight red card. However, as often happens it was the team with 14 men who reacted better in the immediate aftermath of the sending off, as they got the next 2 points. However, the Rags settled and kicked on again to take a 1-8 to 0-6 lead with 15 minutes to go, and it never looked like Suncroft with get back into the game from there. Kilcullen kept posession well and saw out the remainder of the game and took a 1-10 to 0-7 win to joyous scenes amongst the Rags players and large travelling support.
Fergus Aspell was outstanding for Kilcullen dictating the pace of the play, and showing great leadership to his team-mates. Kevin O’Brien, Colm Byrne, Wayne Condron and Christy Howard all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Kevin Talbot; Darren Stokes, Niall Folan, Eoin Stafford; David McMahon, Fergus Aspell, Dwayne O’Connor(Capt); Kevin O’Brien, Ben Foran; Colm Byrne(1-2,1f), Martin Murphy(0-1), Wayne Condron; Christy Howard(0-5,4f), David Sexton, Graham Lavin(0-1).
Subs Used: Ross Coughlan, Gary Kenny(0-1), Jason Lynch.
Kilcullen’s Junior B team put in a brilliant disciplined team performance to qualify for the league final in emphatic style. The Rags put in a solid first half performance taking a 5 points to no score lead at the break. However, they stepped it up another level in the second half with a fantastic performance. They notched up another 4 points without reply to take a 0-9 to 0-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining. The home side did get a goal, their solitary score of the game, but Kilcullen wiped it out quickly with 3 successive points to wrap up the game. To put the icing on the cake, the Rags added two goals with Christy Howard calmly finishing to the net, while David Sexton got a poacher’s rebound after a brilliant run and shot by substitute Ross Coughlan. It was a complete team performance by Kilcullen who were tight at the back, dominant in midfield and fluent in attack. Wayne Condron was at the heart of a lot of Kilcullen’s attacking moves, while Niall Folan, Ben Foran, Graham Lavin and Christy Howard all also excelled.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; Darren Stokes, Niall Folan(Capt), Eoin Stafford; David McMahon, Fergus Aspell(0-1), Dwayne O’Connor; Ben Foran(0-1), Kevin O’Brien; Colm Byrne(0-2,1f), Martin Murphy(0-1), Wayne Condron(0-1); Graham Lavin(0-2), David Sexton(1-1), Christy Howard(1-5,2f).
Subs Used: Ross Coughlan, Jason Lynch, Kevin O’Neill, Colm O’Brien.
Kilcullen produced an excellent second performance to run out convincing winners of this local derby clash, outscoring the visitors by 10 points to 2 after the break. The Rags had started excellently, scoring 4 points without reply, but then got a bit sloppy in their play and let the visitors back into the game. Ballymore took advantage scoring 1-2 to take the lead but a couple of late points gave Kilcullen a one point lead at the break. In the second half, the Rags dominated and went on to take a deserved 0-17 to 1-5 win and secure a semi-final spot in the process.
Christy Howard was excellent for Kilcullen showing great leadership in the forward line and scoring 6 points, while Alan Kenny, Colm Byrne and Darren Stokes all also played well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Colm Sheehan; Ben Phelan, Darren Stokes, Gary Kenny; Jason Lynch, David McMahon, Colm O’Brien; Graham Lavin(0-1), Ben Foran; Colm Byrne(0-3), David Sexton(0-2), Ross Coughlan; Christy Howard(0-6,3f), Wayne Condron(0-1), Alan Kenny(0-4).
Subs Used: Niall Folan(Capt), Fergus Aspell, Jack Dooley.
Kilcullen lost their first game of the season after a bruising encounter away to Castlemitchell. The Rags can count themselves very unlucky not to come away with something from the game, as they played reasonably well. The visitors would have been happy to be just down by 3 at half-time on a 1-8 to 1-5 scoreline after playing into a stiff breeze. However, the breeze seemed to die away in the second half. Kilcullen started the second half very well and got back level at 1-9 each. However, the home side got a goal against the run of play to go back into a 3 point lead and the Rags weren’t able to close the gap again. Tempers flared towards the end of the game, and the referee issued a number of cards to both sides. Castlemitchell held out for a win, while Kilcullen are still on coures for a semi-final place despite this loss.
Ross Coughlan was outstanding for Kilcullen, while Christy Howard and Ben Foran also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; David McMahon, Darren Stokes, Ben Phelan; Eoin Stafford, Niall Folan(Capt), Jason Lynch; Dwayne O’Connor(0-1), Ben Foran; Christy Howard (1-4,2f), Wayne Condron, Ross Coughlan(0-4); Colm Sheehan, David Sexton(0-2), Alan Kenny.
Subs Used: Jamie Caplis(0-1), Ronan Aspell, Robert Byrne, Jack Dooley, Mark O’Connor, Fergus Aspell.
Kilcullen maintained their 100 % record in Senior Division 5 with an excellent performance and win over neighbours Suncroft. The Rags got off to a blistering start to take a 3-3 to 0-1 lead, with some excellent attacking moves cutting through the visitors’ defence. Graham Lavin, Wayne Condron and early subtitute David Sexton all found the net for the home side, but to their credit, Suncroft rallied towards the end of the half and Kilcullen’s lead was cut to 3-4 to 0-6 at the break. The Croft maintained this in the second half, which was a much more even affair, and the Rags only won by 4 points in the end. Further goals from Alan Kenny and Martin Murphy were enough to ensure Kilcullen had enough of a lead to hold out for victory. Best for Kilcullen in a good all round team performance were Alan Kenny, Martin Murphy, Graham Lavin, Kevin O’Brien and Darren Stokes.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; David McMahon, Darren Stokes, Ben Phelan; Jason Lynch, Niall Folan(capt), Colm O’Brien; Graham Lavin(1-2,1f), Kevin O’Brien; Ross Coughlan, Martin Murphy(1-0), Wayne Condron(1-1); Joe Carey, Cormac Aspell(0-1f), Alan Kenny(1-4,2f).
Subs Used: David Sexton(1-1), Kevin O’Neill, Jack Dooley.
A blistering second half performance by Kilcullen saw them convincing winners of this game. The first half was very even with Kilcullen taking a narrow 0-7 to 0-6 lead at half-time. The Rags came out all guns blazing in the second half with substitute Ross Coughlan’s pace and directness causing panic in the Sash defence. The home side dominated the remainder of the game with the experienced Cormac Aspell and Martin Murphy leading the way with some good points, while young players such as Coughlan and Graham Lavin also getting in on the act.Darren Stokes was excellent for Kilcullen at centre back, while Cormac Aspell, Ben Foran and sub Ross Coughlan also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Andrew Talt; Niall Folan(capt), David McMahon, Ben Phelan; Colm O’Brien, Darren Stokes, Kevin O’Neill; Graham Lavin(1-1), Dwayne O’Connor; Colm Byrne(0-2), Martin Murphy(1-3), Cormac Aspell(0-5,1f); Colm Sheehan, Wayne Condron(0-1), Ben Foran.
Subs Used: Ross Coughlan(2-1), Alan Kenny, David Sexton.
Kilcullen had this contest won by half-time and have some good young players coming through on the basis of this performance. The Rags were 1-8 to 0-2 up at the break having outclassed their opponents, with Colm Byrne scoring a well taken goal and Martin Murphy scoring two good points. Kilcullen used the second to give a number of players some game time and lost a bit of momentum as a result but saw the game out to take a 2-9 to 0-9 win with Wayne Condron finding the net.
David Neill, Wayne Condron, Colm Byrne and David McMahon all did well for the Rags.
Kilcullen Line-Up: A.Talt; D.McMahon, E.Stafford, N.Folan, K.O’Neill, D.Stokes, M.Brophy; D.Neill(0-1f), D.O’Connor; J.Carey, M.Murphy(0-2), B.Foran; G.Lavin(0-1), W.Condron(1-2), C.Byrne(1-2).
Subs Used: A.Kenny(0-1), C.O’Brien, C.Sheehan, R.Coughlan, R.Byrne, B.Phelan, J.Pembroke.