Congratulations and well done to Dunlavin AFC on claiming the Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1 League title today, by virtue of Naas United FC's 3-2 win over Maynooth Town AFC in a title race that practically went down to the wire. Naas Utd FC and Maynooth are now in joint second on 35 points with Straffan AFC on 33 with a game in hand. A win for Straffan v Newbridge Hotpsurs will see them leapfrog both Naas and Maynooth for the runners up spot. Anything less for Straffan will see Naas and Maynooth play off for the runners up/Promotion spot. Congrats again to David Carty and all the guys in Dunlavin.
The League trophy will be presented to the Club on Wednesday evening.
Feature game – Herald
KDFL Lumsden League Cup Final.
HISTORIC VICTORY FOR NAAS UTD WITH LUMSDEN LEAGUE CUP GLORY.
Naas United FC 1 Liffey Celtic FC 0
Naas United FC claimed the prestigious KDFL Lumsden League Cup on Saturday in front of a large crowd at the manicured grounds of Castle Villa AFC Castledermot when they overcame a determined fellow Senior League side Liffey Cetlic FC by the narrowest of margins. A Paul Omoteso Rae strike from outside the box on the half hour was all the separated the sides in the end in this enthralling League Cup Final.
Naas got out of the blocks smartly and threatening the Liffey rearguard from the tip off when Mick Ahern sent a delightful through ball to the in rushing Dean Fennessy however he just failed to make the connection and the chance was lost. Moments later it was Liffey’s turn to apply the early pressure when Gavin O’Brien’s cross caused consternation in the Naas defence and Stephen Reidy pounced on the opportunity but some clever defensive work saw Naas cleared their lines and avert the danger. Naas were always dangerous on the break and Conor Coady shot wide after ten minutes following a fantastic defence splitting pass by their Captain David O Connell who was a constant thorn in the side of the opposition.
Liffey missed an opportunity to edge ahead soon after when Aaron Mullins long range effort was just wide of Damien McCormack’s right post. Liffey were just about winning the midfield battle and created some further chances through Trevor Connolly before Naas broke on the half hour and opened the scoring against the run of play when Omoteso received the ball on the edge of the area and controlled neatly to send his shot low under Ian McDonnell’s body to put his side 1-0 up and send the Naas line into a frenzy.
Liffey from the tip off could have made it all square again but Stephen Reidy shot over McCormack’s bar having been put through by Darren Kilby. Naas could have doubled their advantage ten minutes from the break but Conor Coady shot wide having done the hard work under pressure from Liffey keeper McDonnell. Both sides exchanges set pieces to the break with neither side capitalising and Naas went in 1-0 up.
Liffey came out more determined at the resumption and JP McDonagh saw his effort well blocked by the Naas defence after two minutes and five minutes later the industrious Darren Kilby also missed an opportunity for the Newbridge side to draw level. On the hour Naas United’s Dean Fennessy could have doubled the Naas side’s advantage but somehow lost his footing when clean through.
It was end to end stuff as Liffey pushed forward midway through the half and Trevor Connolly was distraught to see his effort just over McCormack’s crossbar from close range and at the other end Liffey custodian Ian McDonnell had to be at his best to keep out a rasping shot from Man of the Match and Naas Captain David O Connell. Naas faced into a dire last ten minutes when they were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of the influential Conor Coady for an infringement but they held firm with some great last ditch defensive work by their back line which was well marshalled by veteran Player Manager and the 2014 KDFL Player of the Year Eoin Giblin to them run out slender winners to lift the trophy which has eluded the Club until now. Tony Lumsden’s grandson Kevin Farrell presented the trophy with the assistance of League Chairman Michael Casey to Naas Captain David O Connell to rapturous applause in what was a fabulous advertisement for soccer in Kildare.
Naas United FC. Damien McCormack, Mick Ahern, Paddy Walsh, Alan Crowe, Eoin Giblin, Wayne Doyle, Vernon Nolan, David O Connell, Conor Coady, Dean Fennessy, Paul Otmteso Rae. Stephen Burke, Patrick Coady, Jimi McGrath, Jamie Broughall, Jamie Dunne, Mark Saunders, John Quinn.
Liffey Celtic. Ian McDonnell, Gavin O Brien, Graham McCormack, Tommy McDonag, Aaron Mullins, Darren Kilby, Brian Murphy, Stephen Reidy, Dan Connolly, JP McDonagh, Trevor Connolly. David O Connor, Philip McCoy, Robbie Cullen, Martin Stafford, Daragh Kelly, Dane O Neill, Kevin McDonnell.
Officials – John Dwane, Martin Hickey, Peter Donnelly, Eddie Sullivan.
Feature game – Leader
KDFL League Shield Semi Final.
Hat trick hero Sullivan books Final spot for Bridgewood.
Bridgewood Celtic 3 Dunlavin AFC 0
Premier side Bridgewood Celtic booked their League Shield Final place where they will take on Newbridge Hotpsurs on Sunday following a clinical display against Division 1 league hopefuls Dunlavin AFC on Sunday. A John Sullivan hat trick sealed victory for the Robertstown men in an entertaining game which was never in doubt.
It was an evenly contested opening half with Bridgewood first chance falling to Joe Carroll whose header was well saved by Dunlavin keeper Tom Guirk after ten minutes following good work from John Sullivan. Bridgewood then had to endure some pressure from the Wicklow men but they held firm with good displays with Joe Kavanagh and Gary Hunt winning the battle against Dunlavin front runners Gary O Carroll and Timmy Methcalf. The visitors did have a chance on the half hour to edge ahead but Gary O Carroll well struck free kick rattled the crossbar and was cleared to safety and both sides went in deadlocked at the break.
The second half was a more open affair and it took Bridgewood all of ten minutes to break the deadlock when some neat interplay between Noel Byrne and John Sullivan saw the latter put past McGuirk for the opener. It was clear from this Bridgewood had the upper hand and they poured forward in search of a second. On the 70th minute a great passing move involving Byrne, Sullivan, Carroll and newly wed Damien Leeson, who tied the knot on Saturday with his sweetheart Majella, resulted in Bridgewood’s second when the lethal Sullivan added his second giving McGuirk no chance. Dunlavin were not about to give up the ghost too easily and Gary O Carroll missed a great opportunity to put the minimum between the sides when he saw his effort hit the crossbar for a second time. As Dunlavin threw everything into attack they left gaps at the back which Bridgewood exploited and with five minutes remaining the Robertstown men sealed victory when John Sullivan completed his hat trick from the spot after Noel Byrne was brought down, to put them in the Shield Final.
Bridgewood Celtic – Dessie Palmer, Adrian McNamee, Ray Kelly, Joe Kavanagh, Gary Hunt, John O Sullivan, Joe Carroll, Damien Leeson, John Sullivan, Noel Byrne, Patrick Behan, Mark Gill, Jason Ryan, Danny Boyle, Craig Sullivan, Joey Behan, Tony Hedderman.
Dunlavin AFC – Tom McGuirk, Dan Gethings, Maurice Carmody, Enda Bowes, Brandon O Rourke, Brian Thackaberry, Lyle Hand, Eddie Deegan, Shane O Rourke, Gary Carroll, Timmy Methcalf, Stephen Carty, Dave Carty, Nick Byrne, Paul Murphy, Alan Swayne, Shane Daniels.
Officials – Billy, Conlon, Paddy France, Robert Kennedy.
Kildare League to hold its first SAFE TALK COURSE
The Kildare and District Football league in conjunction with the HSE will hold its first 'safe Talk Course' on Wednesday 28th October.
The venue will be Newbridge Parish Centre, Station rd, Newbridge commencing at 7pm sharp with a 10pm finish.
It is a Nationally accredited Programme provided by the HSE and is open to front line volunteers in the KDFL and the Kdul League. Ie coaches/committee members/managers/players (but is not suitable for under 18s)
The programme is open to all and is free of charge. The attendance will be limited to 30 participants per course and they will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. To put your name forward please contactRegina Casey Michael Casey Karen Hickey Hollie Murphy or Pat Mc Nally.
The KDFL would urge at least on person from each affiliated club to complete this course at some stage. It will be very beneficial to your members as we all try to understand the complexities surrounding suicide prevention and promotion of positive mental health.
WHAT IS SAFETALK?
SafeTALK is a 3½ hr ‘suicide alertness’ programme that prepares participants to identify and engage with persons who may be having thoughts of suicide. Participants also learn how to provide practical help by using the steps of TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) and gain information on the supports and resources available locally, regionally and nationally.
These four basic steps are called ‘suicide alertness skills’ and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help save lives.
Expect to leave SafeTALK more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.
WHAT HAPPENS AT SAFETALK TRAININGS?
Expect to be challenged. Expect to have feelings. Expect to be hopeful.
See powerful reminders of why it is important to be suicide alert. Ask questions and enter discussions. Learn clear and practical information on what to do.
Practice the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keepsafe) steps so that you will have the skills to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to other relevant supports and resources.
Conclude with practice in activating a suicide alert.
HOW DOES SAFETALK HELP PREVENT SUICIDE?
SafeTALK suicide alert helpers are trained to:
Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
Apply the TALK steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to people and agencies that can help.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND SAFETALK?
This training is suitable for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become a ‘suicide alert’ helper, i.e. front line workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, teachers, citizens …
The programme, which is a nationally accredited programme provided by the HSE, is available on request by contacting Josephine Rigney, Suicide Prevention Resource Officer, HSE Midlands. Mobile: 086 8157850, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 057 93 57807.
Feature game ; Herald.
KDFL Division 1 Cup Final.
Dunlavin AFC 0 1 Naas United FC.
A Morgan McNamara stunning 70th minute free kick was all that separated these two extraordinary sides in a pulsating Division 1 Cup Final held in the perfectly manicured grounds of Newhall on Sunday. Dunlavin having overcome Naas twice in the League by the narrowest of margins this was always going to be a tight affair.
Naas shaded the early exchanges forcing the Wicklow side to defend a couple of set pieces the first coming from Jay Boyd when he brought off a spectacular save from Dunlavin keeper Tom McGurk after ten minutes and moments later the action was at the other end when Naas custodian Ronan Coady had to be at his best of keep out an effort from danger man Shane Carty. Indeed Dunlavin should have opened the scoring six minutes but Eddie Deegan headed into the side netting when put though by Davey Holton and two minutes later Deegan whipped in a low cross into the Naas danger area but it wasn’t picked out and it was cleared to safety by Captain fantastic Kevin Moynihan to see the sides going in deadlocked at 0-0 at the break.
Dunlavin continued their dominance and Deegan again tested Coady in the Naas goal, Coady saving with his foot to keep the sides level. Naas began to edge back into the game and Jamie Boyd was unlucky to see his headed effort just wide of McGurks post following some great approach work from Andrew Sheridan, Alex Dunne and Morgan McNamara midway through the half. It was end to end stuff at this stage with both sides going all out for the win as the clocked ticked down. In the 65th minute Dunlavin should have edged ahead but Naas defender Jamie Dunne tracked back brilliantly to clear off the line when Dunlavin striker Gary Carroll was one on one with Coady in the Naas goal and his slot eluded the keeper to trickle towards the line.
With twenty minutes remaining Naas scored the all important goal when they were awarded a free 25 yards out and Morgan McNamara stepped up to send the ball looping into the top corner of McGurk’s net. Naas rode their luck for the remainder of the half defending courageously, despite the best efforts of Dunlavin, to see out to the final whistle and claim the Cup for the first time in the Club’s short history.
Dunlavin AFC – Tom McGurk, Dan Gettings, Enda Bowes, Paul Murphy, Michael English, Brian Tuck, Davey Holton, Shane Carty, Shane O Rourke, Gary Carroll, Eddie Deegan, Stephen Carty, Andrew Ward, Brendan O Rourke, Luke Hood, Timmy Mellcart.
Naas United FC – Ronan Coady, Jamie Dunne, Stephen Quinn, Declan Coady, Kevin Moynihan, Alex Dunne, Jamie Curran, Shane Reeves, Andrew Sheridan, Morgan McNamara, Jamie Boyd, Alan Burke, Aaron Akanji, Dylan Coady, Ross Hassard, Lukas Sarnot.
Officials – K. Whelan, E. Sullivan, P. France.
Feature game ; Leinster Leader
Joe Rooney Women’s Cup Semi Final.
Kildare Town AFC 4 Edenderry Town AFC 0
Kildare Town AFC booked their place in the prestigious Joe Rooney Womens Cup Final for the first time when they overcame Edenderry Town AFC on a scoreline of 4-0 at Rathbride road on Sunday. They will now take on Castle Villa AFC, also first time finalists, who had a convincing 3-0 victory over Kilcullen AFC in the other Semi.
It was a scrappy affair early on with Kildare making the first attempt on goal but Aileen Whelahan’s shot was just wide of Avril Stafford’s goal. Kildare’s Amy Phelan was calling all the shots in the middle of the park creating chances for Janine Cross and Stephanie Dunne. Edenderry created some chances of their own and were unlucky when Kildare keeper Hickey got the better of Niamh Farrell when she found herself one on one. It was the home side who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when Aileen Whelahan smashed the ball home from close range having being put through by Janine Cross. Two minutes later Edenderry could have drawn level but Niamh Farrell’s well taken 18 yard free rattled off the Kildare post and was cleared to safety by the alert home defence.
Kildare could have doubled their advantage on the half hour however Mary Buggle in the heart of the Edenderry defence was quick to react to another Whelahan effort. Kildare could have doubled their advantage four minutes from the break but Janine Cross’s effort was well saved by Stafford in the visiting goal and Kildare went in at half time with a slender one nil advantage.
Two inspired half time substitution by Kildare saw them enhance their scoring chances when they brought on Jackie Kelly and Niamh Mulhall. Mulhall impact was immediate when she headed home Kildare’s second on the hour. Indeed Kildare could have extended their lead were it not for the heroics of Mary Buggle mopping up all of the home side’s advances. Kildare did however add a third with fifteen minutes remaining through a Jackie Kelly header and and 83rd minute fourth through substitute Shauna Kendrick side the Kildare side finish strong to progress to the final.
Kildare Town AFC – Donna Hickey, Lorraine Cross, Nicola Farrell, Sam Ronan, Maura Moore, Aileen Whelehan, Michelle Gogarty, Amy Phelan, Mairead Whelehan, Stephanie Dunne, Janine Cross, Rhona Mulhall, Ber Coffey, Niamh Mulhall, Shauna Kendrick, Jackie Kelly, Dawn Hayden.
Edenderry Town AFC – Avril Curley Stafford, Emily Duffy, Geraldine Connell, Corrina Dowdall, Emma Hensey, Annie Quinn, Sophie Falco, Niamh Farrell, Ruth Flemming, Abbey Stafford, Jo Usher, Tamara Hand, N. Higgins, K. O Rourke, Jasmine Rodgers,
Officials – K. Cribbin, E. McCann, J. Bracknell
Feature game Herald
GALHOY PROGRESS TO SEMI IN SEVEN GOAL THRILLER
KDFL League Shield Quarter Final.
Galhoy FC 4 Maynooth Town AFC 3 (AET)
Newbridge side Galhoy scraped through to the semi final of the KDFL League Shield for the second year on the trot with a typically dogged fight back in the autumn sunshine this morning at Chapel Lane to progress in this seven goal thriller. The home side started the game strongly and the best chance fell early to Mark Wolfe who saw his shot smothered by Maynooth keeper Gary Coughlan after Sean Winning put him through. However it was the away side that took the lead after 20 minutes when Ronan Kearney showed great composture to turn his marker but his effort was saved by John O Connor in the home goal however Donal O Riordan was on hand to tucked it away putting Maynooth 1-0 up. Galhoy flowed forward looking for a quick equaliser but got caught at the other end and Maynooth went 2-0 up courtesy of a Gary Dooley strike having been put through by O’Riordan, leaving the visitors with a two goal advantage going into the break.
The home side came out more determined after the restart and Sean Winning and Albert Egan combined down the right and the latter whipped a ball in to the box which caused consternation in the danger area resulting in a Maynooth defender putting past his own keeper. Shortly after came the move of the game for Galhoy when keeper O Connor played a ball to Wolfe who held it up well and popped it off to Graham Fogarty. Fogarty passed it wide to Jamie Brooks who cut in from the left and rifled in to the bottom corner to make it 2-2 midway through the half and it was game on again. Galhoy were holding a tight line defensively, and took the lead after 75 minutes when Dave McDonagh continued his excellent scoring record with an overhead shot that gave the keeper no chance. That should have been that but Maynooth were not to be outdone and made it 3-3 on a break with five minutes remaining through Ger Cheevers bringing the tie to extra time. The pattern of play in extra time was much the same with the home side creating the better of the chances, and Galhoy deservedly took the lead when McDonagh powered home a header from a Wolfe corner for what proved to be the winner. Try as they may Maynooth could find no way past a solid home defence and it was Galhoy who progressed by the odd goal in seven.
Galhoy FC – John O Connor, Albert Egan, Adam Abraham, Sean Higgins, Dave McDonagh, Eamon Corry, Sean Winnings, Mark Wolfe, Kevin Corry, Jamie Brooks, Mark Swift, Stephen Hogan, Gary Flanagan, Maurizo Rozzi.
Maynooth Town – Gary Coughlan, Kevin O Brien, Stephen McLoughlin, Gareth McLoughlin, Tom Halton, Cein Egan, Ger Cheevers, Gary Dooley, Donal O Riordan, Ronan Kearney, Gary Connolly, Josh Gunn, Conor O Brien, James Walsh, Conor Glynn, Terry Shanley.
Official – Packie O Brien.
Feature game Leader
League Champs put 5 past Straffan
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2
Naas United FC 5 Straffan AFC 0
Newly crowned Masters Division 2 league champs Naas United FC put five past a struggling Staffan on Saturday in this Joe Jewellers Masters Division 2 league tie played out at Monread Park.
Having secured the Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2 title last week, Naas United welcomed Straffan AFC on Monread Pk. Even though it could be considered a ‘nothing to play for match’ both teams produced some really good football in front of a large crowd. The League champs started brightly and took the lead after ten minutes when a foul on John Quinn inside the area led to a penalty which was converted by leading goal scorer Alan Burke. Quinn himself doubled their advantage five minutes later as he struck home a half volley from a Declan Lackey header.
Naas put a third past the visitors just before the break through Gary Houlihan as his run took him past Philip Cooney and Niall Cluskey before he hit an unstoppable shot to the roof of Declan Doyle’s net. Staffan tried hard to get back into the game and almost got on the scoresheet but Colin Costello shot over the Naas crossbar having been put through by Jura Jankaous.
Staffan continued their fight back early in the second half and had some half chances through Michael Mullin before Naas added their fourth to kill the game off ten minutes into the half through Vernon Nolan when he beat two Straffan defenders and keeper Doyle with a delightful chip. Naas added their fifth midway through the half with a great individual effort from Paul Murphy. Naas will now look forward to next Saturday when they will take on Suncroft AFC for a pop at a League and Shield double.
Naas United – Paul Lawlor, Alan O Neill, Clinton McLoughlin, Eoin Giblin, Eric Giblin, Alan Burke, Shane Finnegan, Gary Houlihan, Wayne Doyle, Declan lackey, John Quinn, Vernon Nolan, John Horan, Gareth Storey, Jimi McGrath, Paul Murphy, Mick Murphy, Leonard Murtagh.
Straffan AFC – Declan Doyle, Mick Burke, Philip Cooney, Niall Cluskey, Michael Mullen, David Brosnan, Damien McAulliffe, Douglas Zajac, Mario Zhac, Colin Costello, Jura jankaous, Robbie Kavanagh.
Official – Will Pidgeon.
Feature game – Herald.
“VILLETTES REIGN SUPREME IN WOMENS LEAGUE”
Countrywide Forklift Training womens Division 2
Naas United FC 0 Castle Villa AFC 6
Castle Villa AFC claimed the Countrywide Forklift Training Womens Division 2 title on Sunday afternoon in wet and windy Monread Park with an emphatic win over nearest rivals Naas United. This was Naas' last league game and they went into the game 2 points ahead of the Villettes, and with realistic hope of winning the title. This was not to be however, as Villa dominated the game from start to finish.
The game started at a blistering pace and the visitors went ahead after 16mins when Maggie Nolan drilled the ball to the bottom corner of Emma Casey’s net with a good strike to break the deadlock and put Villa one up.
The Villettes doubled their advantage when Catherine Dempsey was put through by a great pass from Nicole Heeney Byrne and she finished brilliantly by coolly lifting the ball over the advancing Casey to claim her first goal of the game. Within two minutes, Nolan again fired over after yet another pinpoint pass from Dempsey landed at her feet 25 yards out, though she was desperately unlucky to see this effort drift inches over the bar.
Naas were battling really hard, and playing some excellent football at the same time, but lacked the final touch. Orla Keeling in the Villa goal was marshalling her area expertly and collecting a lot of attempted Naas through balls, but she had to display some excellent shot stopping to push a Dawn Murray free kick onto the bar and away for a corner after 32 minutes. This was a vital save by Keeling as a couple of minutes later, Nicole Heeney-Byrne struck the crossbar at the opposite end, and after the resulting ball was not cleared properly, the outstanding player on display on the day, Catherine Dempsey brilliantly finished low to the Emma Casey’s right to claim her second and Villa's third goal to see the eventual winners go in 3-0 up at the break.
The second half was practically a repeat of the first half as home custodian Emma Casey had to be at her best to keep out a cracker of a shot from Nicole Heeney-Byrne and an excellent volley from Villa defender Christine Columb, who had ventured into unknown territory for a corner.
Villa added two more goals from Catherine Dempsey in the 51st and 65th minute, with her claiming a 4 goal haul and the player of the match award to leave them 5-0 up and they wrapped up what was a great display on the day with a sixth from Mag Nolan late on to claim their first KDFL League title. Villa Captain Melissa Kearney accepted the League trophy and dedicated the win to fellow player Sarah Kirwan who passed away earlier in the season. Villa now look forward to their attempt at a league and cup double when they face Kilcullen AFC in the semi final in a couple of weeks.
Naas United FC – Emma Casey, Lauren Brophy, Sam Cully, Jenny Herbert, Ciara Dunne, Jenny Kelly, Sarah David, Julie Duffin, Leanne Hevicon, Dawn Murray, Sinead Leahy, Gillian Blanchfield.
Castle Villa AFC – Orla Keeling, Gemma Murphy, Jade Doyle, Elaine Brennan, Jackie Egan, Christine Columb, Melissa Kearney, Nicole Heeney Byrne, Catherine Dempsey, Maggie Nolan, Rachel Garvey, Lisa Hickey, Noeleen Keatley, Colleen Leigh, Aine Lee Daniel, Carol Brennan,Chloe Kearney.
Referee – Keo Whelan.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
VILLA DEALT KILLER BLOW IN MASTERS LEAGUE TITLE HOPES
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1
Athy Town AFC 2 Castle Villa AFC 1
Castle Villa's title ambitions took a serious blow in the Showgrounds in Athy on Saturday evening last when Athy came away with all three points and left the Villa contingent wondering how they didn't win the game.
Villa started strongly and Gary Mulhall had a goal disallowed after 10 minutes for offside and soon after Eddie Gannon brought a smart save from the home keeper Mark Fannin. Jamie Horan in the Villa goals was dealing comfortably with more threatening balls into his area as the half wore on.
The second half started slowly but burst into life after ten minutes, when a clever chipped ball beat the Villa offside trap to find Sean Bolger clean through on goal. What happened next was either fortunate or unfortunate, depending on your perspective, as in his attempt to control the ball Bolger miscontrolled the ball, but the ball went backwards, hit Ronan Mackey in the knee, and rolled into the corner of the Villa net, with Horan completely wrong footed to make it 1-0 to Athy.
Three minutes later, Joe Kennedy saw his dipping free kick saved well by the Athy keeper Fannin, and almost immediately Eddie Gannon, who had been pushed up front in a swap with Mulhall had a header comfortably saved. This move of Gannon up front definitely paid dividends for Villa as he was unlucky to see a penalty claim turned down. With 13 minutes remaining, Nigel Byrne found Gannon inside the box with his back to goal, but he turned and swivelled, almost Macheda-like, to drill the ball home for the equalising goal.
Villa's tails were up at this stage, and Paul O'Gorman was rolling back the years with a range of passing that was a pleasure to witness, and it was he who was fouled with 6 minutes remaining to see Villa awarded a penalty. Up stepped Joe Kennedy, for what could have been a match winning moment, but his effort was put over the bar. And as is so often in football, there was a sucker punch as the clock ticked to full time, when the Athy centre back Nicky Kelly, drove forward out of defence and played a neat one two to bypass the Villa midfield, before playing a peach of a ball into the path of Keith Lawlor, who made no mistake to beat Jamie Horan with a cool finish. Villa launched a couple of balls into the Athy area in injury time in a vain attempt to get something from the game but Athy held firm to claim the win, and ensure a league double over Villa in the 2015 season.
Athy Town AFC
Mark Fannin, Keith Lawlor, Nicky Kelly, Christy Dunne, Dermot Delaney, Mark Brophy, Damien Fitzpatrick, Gary Querney, Bubacar Sangere, David Persse, Ronan Mackey, Axhamal Newbani, Sean Bolger, Mark Bolger, Eddie Roycroft, Michael Roycroft.
Castle Villa AFC
Jamie Horan, Alan McNamara, Eddie Gannon, Joe Kennedy, Paul O Gorman, Ross Coleman, Danny Murane, Gary Mulhall, Nigel Byrne, Philip Horan, Tom Balfe, Colm Fitzgerald, Alan lawlor, James Brennan, Damien Byrne.
Referee – Eric Owens
Johnstown United crowned Division 3 League Champions
Congratulations to our first 2015 champions. Johnstown FC captured the Hill Electrical Division 3 league today following their 2-1 victory over a gallant kilcullen AFC. The league which came down to the last game of the season for both sides was watched on by a large crowd at Monread park and was played in true cup final fashion. Captain stephen Cole accepted the trophy on behalf of his team mates from league secretary Regina Casey. The team, managed by Wayne Long, also finished their league programme unbeaten. Congratulations again to all involved
The league wish to gauge the interest in hosting in our area training sessions which are facilitated by the National Office of Suicide Prevention. We will organise to host the sessions at a central location in Kildare. The training is free of charge and open to any club member to attend (Details of which are detailed below) No previous training in this area required. Please forward your expression of interest to the league Secretary at email@example.com.
Trainings being provided through National Office for Suicide Prevention include
ASIST; (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).This is a 2 day training for anyone over 18 who may be interested in developing skills to work with someone at risk of suicide.
SafeTALK; (Suicide Alertness for Everyone). This is a 3.5 hour training to help people identify a person at risk of suicide and how to link them in with relevant supports.
Feature Game :Leinster Leader
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2
Kildare Town AFC 2 Newbridge FC 2
A share of the spoils was a fair result in this Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2 midtable clash between Kildare Town AFC and Newbridge FC. Two goals a piece were shared in this highly entertaining tie played out in front of a large attendance in glorious sunshine at Rathbride road on Saturday evening.
The home side started the game the better and created two early chances through
Mark O Reilly and Robbie Curran. It wasn't until the 12th minute that Newbridge created their first chance. Neat footwork by Justin Conway on the left created space for him to shoot on goal from 18 yards out however his well struck effort was well saved by the Kildare custodian Stuart Wall. Midway through the half Kildare had another attempt at goal when Shane Daly was unlucky to see his 20 yard strike go just wide of David O Brien’s right post. Five minutes later the visitors almost took the lead when Benny McHugh picked the ball up on the right and delivered a pulsating shot towards the top corner but Wall in the home goal was on hand to parry the ball wide. The visitors had the loins share of possession at this point and Peter Dignam went close when his shot was deflected just wide and further chances fell to Justin Conway and James Kennedy but they found Stuart Wall in the home goal equal to their best efforts. Just minutes before the break Wall was eventually beaten when James Kennedy made a long pass which found Peter Dignam, Dignam held the ball up and passed back to the advancing James Kennedy who shot low to Wall’s right giving him no chance and putting the visitors 1-0 up. Almost from the tip off Kildare Town equalised from a corner following some sloppy defending by Newbridge which allowed Jay O’Neill in and he made no mistake from close range giving O’Brien no chance in the visiting goal.
The home side came more into the game on the resumption following their equaliser and started to create chances from the off and they could have edged ahead but a fantastic volley by Robbie Curran was well saved by the O’Brien in the visiting goal and one minutes later he was called upon again to keep out an Alan Ray effort. It was Newbridge’s turn now to turn on the pressure and Justin Conway and James Kennedy both had chances to put the visitors ahead but it was Kildare who struck again, this time John Dillon getting on the scoresheet when Newbridge were slow to clear their lines. To the visitors credit they never gave up and gabbed a late late equaliser to get a share of the spoils when Aurel Rabei was freed by Justin Conway and he fired past Wall in the home goal to leave the scoreline at 2-2.
All in all it was a fair result with both teams contributing equally to an entertaining game of football. The performance by both keepers deserve a special mention. Some fines saves by both made sure the game stayed at only 2-2. Best for the home side were goalkeeper Stuart Wall and Jay O’Neill while for Newbridge keeper David O Brien, Paul Harvey, James Kennedy, peter Dignam and Benny McHugh excelled.
Kildare Town AFC –
Stuart Wall, Shane Daly, Mark O’Reilly, Joe Kirwan, Kieran Whelan, John O’Neill, Alan Ray, Kevin Bradley, Robert Curran, John Clarke, John Dillon, Keith Myers, Pio O Neill.
Newbridge FC –
David O’Brien, Paul Harvey, Fran Finlay, Derek Stafford, J. Hickey, James Kennedy, Jamie Dyland, Mick Harpur, Tony McHugh, Derek Dignam, Justin Conway, Ger Malone, Thomas McDonnell, Warren Kiely, Aurel Rabei, Teddy Stokes, Paddy O Neill, John Kelly.
Referee – Peter Donoghue.
Feature game : Herald
Leinster Football Association Senior Cup (Round 1)
Naas United FC (KDFL) 1 Willow Park FC (CCFL) 2 (AET)
Current KDFL Senior League Champions Naas United bowed out of the Leinster Football Association Senior Cup following their narrow 2-1 extra time defeat by CCFL kingpins Willow Park FC. Naas, fresh from their impressive 3-2 victory over St. Pauls Artane last Sunday in the preliminary round, went into this game upbeat at the prospect of progression however they took nothing for granted having knowledge of Willow’s extraordinary pedigree in the CCFL.
The Kildare League side started well and were camped in the Willow half for long periods, with early chances falling to Dave Saunders and Paul Ometeso but with both sides playing it cagey the score remained deadlocked going into the break.
Naas continued their dominance early in the second half and won a penalty thirteen minutes in when Vernon Nolan was brought down in the box, the normally accurate Paul Ometeso stepped up only to see his well struck spot kick expertly save low by Willow net minder Aidan Browne. This set back did not deter the Naas side and they continued to lay siege to the Willow danger area. They were rewarded for their effort when an excellent ball over the top from Mick Ahern was met on the chest by Patrick Coady who made no mistake from close range to fire past the outstretched Browne in the away goal to put Naas 1-0 up on the sixty eight minutes.
Willow were swift to up their game following this setback and applied pressure from the tip off and with two minutes left on the clock disaster struck for the leaders when centre half Wayne Doyle conceded a late late penalty and Robert Shine stepped up to drill low and hard past the helpless Damien McCormack in the Naas goal to level matters and bring the game to extra time.
As extra time progressed both sides went all out for the winner and with six minutes remaining it was Willow who excelled with a Kevin Murray strike from just outside the box to send them through to Round 2. Naas although defeated will be happy with their performance which should stand to them going into the League Cup Quarter Finals this Sunday where they take on Clane United at home. A good all round display by the Naas side who represented their league well in this prestigious competition.
Naas United FC
Damien McCormack, Paddy Walshe, Alan Crowe, Eoin Giblin, Stephen Burke, Wayne Doyle, Vernon Nolan, David O Connell, Mick Ahern, Dave Saunders, Paul Ometeso, Patrick Coady, Jamie Broughall, Sean Aylsbury, Vinny O Connor.
Willow Park FC
Aidan Browne, Glen Byrne, Gerry McHugh, Pearce Hergarty, Robert Shine, Kiernan McNally, Kevin Murray, Damien Rushe, Sean Brennan, Benny McGuinness, Andy Nevin, Mark Nicholson, Cathal Callinan, Brian Caldwell.
Officials ; John Dwane, Martin Hickey, Ger McNally.
Feature game – Leinster Leader.
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2
Monasterevin AFC 5 Straffan AFC 0
Monasterevin AFC kept the pressure on Masters Division 2 league leaders Naas United when they had a convincing 5-0 victory over struggling Straffan AFC at Barrett Park on Saturday. This was a must win game for the home side if they were to keep the pressure on Naas for the title.
The home side started brightly in this high tempo game and they took the lead after ten minutes with a well taken effort from striker Andy Noonan. Straffan were not without chances of their own and Damien McAuliffe was unlucky when he shot wide following good work by Mick Burke two minutes later. Monasterevin doubled their advantage soon after when some good work by Billy Ryan on the right wing set up Kenneth Leonard however he unselfishly back heeled the ball to the inrushing Andy Noonan who made no mistake from close range to score his and his side’s second. Straffan could have reduced the deficit soon after but Tom Campbell was unlucky to see his effort just wide of Matt Kelly’s post.
With half time approaching Monasterevin added a third through the impressive Leonard when he picked the ball up on the edge of the area and struck sweetly to the back John Liston’s net to make it 3-0 going into the break.
The leaders seemed to take their foot of the pedal in the second half and allowed Straffan in to dominate large periods with chances falling to McAuliffe and Gavin Burke. However Monasterevin composed themselves to finish out strong with Kenneth leonard adding his second and his side’s fourth when he pounced on a long ball out of defence and Gareth O Reilly sealed the victory for the Barrowsiders with a cheeky back heel late on to make it 5-1. Best for the winners were Kenneth leonard, Andy Noonan and Pat McQuillan while for an understrength Straffan with a never say die attitude Tommy Stanley and Mick Burke impressed.
Monasterevin AFC – Matt Kelly, Kevin Gurnell, David Fennell, Darren Siney, Murt O Reilly, Pat McQuillan, Eamon Ruane, Billy Ryan, Andy Noonan, Kenneth Leonard, Peter Knowles, Gareth O Reilly, Philip Canning, Paul Coulton, Darren Kendrick.
Straffan AFC – John Liston, Mick Burke, Gerry Doyle, Tommy Stanley, Robert Kavanagh, Philip Cooney, Aidan Mahony, Gavin Burke, Chris Corrigan, Carl Jackson, Tom Campbell, Niall McClusker, Damien McAuliffe.
Feature Game – Evening Herald.
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Clane United FC 3 Rathangan FC 4
Rathangan FC got the better of Clane United in this Senior Division midtable seven goal thriller clash on Sunday.
The visitors settle the better and went ahead after three minutes when Anthony Kavanagh finished neatly following some good play down the left from Shane Staines. This early strike seemed to have a settling effect on Rathangan and they enjoyed the loins share of possession for the next twenty minutes when they should have doubled their advantage but Shane Staine’s well struck effort just grazed the home crossbar.
Clane came more into the game and levelled matters after fifteen minutes when a well taken corner was met by the head of Trevor Beale who sent the ball back across the box for Neil Cox to head to Jimmy Dunne’s net. However from the tip off Rathangan edged ahead again with another Kavanagh strike, this time from six yards, following good work from Sam O Loughlin and Shane Staines. The visitors were now on their uppers and added a third soon after to make it 3-1 when Staine’s expertly whipped in a free kick which was brilliantly knocked down by Anthony Kavanagh to allow the impressive Sam O’Loughlin drive the ball home from close range, to leave it 3-1 to the visitors going into the break.
The home side regrouped at half time and came out more determined and reduced Rathangan lead to 3-2 when their best player Killian Patchell slotted home from the edge of the area and they should have drawn level soon after but Jordan Pedreschi headed over the outrushing visiting keeper Dunne but his effort was expertly cleared off the Rathangan line by the alert Mark Cassidy.
It was end to end stuff at this stage and Clane almost drew level with fifteen minutes remaining when Sean Harnett shot just over from close range. Rathangan made it 4-2 with ten minutes on the clock when their man of the match Anthony Kavanagh completed his hat trick, however Clane set up a tense finale when Shane Dunne put the minimum between the sides from 35 yards out. It was too little too late for Clane and Rathangan held out for a well earned three points. Best for the winners were Sam O Loughlin, Shane Staines and hat trick hero Kavanagh while for an unlucky home side Jordan Pedreschi and Sean Harnett were best.
Clane United – Patrick, Daragh Lynch, Gavin Cox, Neil Cox, Trevor Beale, Killian Patchell, Stephen Dunne, Ben Kelly, Jordan Pedreschi, Warren Beale, Daragh Deane, Ciaran Quinn, Adam Hamilton, Sean Harnett.
Rathangan AFC – Jimmy Dunne, Ray Kelly, Aaron Moran, Tommy Moloney, Mark Cassidy, Barry Mueor, Shane Kemmy, David Walsh, Sam O Loughlin, Anthony Kavanagh, Shane Staines, Darren Kennedy, Daragh O Loughlin, Jack Kelly, Shane Farrell, Simon Mulvey, Leo Devlin.
Referee – Seamus Sage.
Monasterevin AFC and Newbridge Town combined Fundraiser
Ben Moran Conlon
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Recently we Ben Moran-Conlan. Ben’s family have been suffering from the grief and confusion of his loss. In an effort to help the family Newbridge Town and Monasterevin AFC have come together to help in the best way we know how. :-
We would appeal to his larger football family, the clubs of the KDFL, to support this cause by purchasing at least two tickets per club. We will be selling the tickets at selected retail outlets in Newbridge and Monasterevin as well as at the September Council Meeting.
Yours in Sport: …………………………………………….
Kevin Murphy, Monasterevin AFC
21 The Glebe, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. 045 525370 / 086 8644782
Feature game Leinster Leader
Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Dunlavin AFC 4 Clane United FC 0
Dunlavin AFC are knocking on the door of league glory with this 4-0 victory over Clane United’s reserves at Pound road on Sunday which sees them just two points behind table toppers Straffan AFC but with the luxury of a game in hand. With just six points between the top five clubs it is making for a very interesting run in for this very competitive division.
Dunlavin were quick out of the blocks and opened their scoring within the first five minutes when Gary O Carroll netted from 18 yards following an excellent through ball from David O Hanlon. The home side went 2-0 up three minutes later when an Eddie Deegan effort was parried by Patrick O Siuchru and the ball fell kindly to Shane Carty who made no mistake on the second attempt. On the half hour the home side left Clane United with an impossible task when they added a third as Gary O Carroll added his second following some great interchanging between Eddie Deegan, David O hanlon and Steve Carty. And just before half time the writing was on the wall when Steve Carty added his sides fourth to leave Dunlavin to leave his side in a very commanding position going into the break. Indeed the scoreline could have been a lot more were it not for the heroics of O Suichru in the visiting goal.
Clane made some half time changes and seemed to get a foothold on the game in the second half with Alan Casey coming close when his stinging effort rattled Tom McGuirk’s crossbar late on. In truth the result was never in doubt as the Dunlavin bandwagon raging on. Best for the home side were Michael English, Gary O Carroll and Mark Whelan while for Clane who had a bad day at the office Alan Casey and keeper Patrick O Siuchru were best.
Dunlavin AFC – Tom McGuirk, Brendan O Rourke, Mark Whelan, Michael English, Paul Murphy, Stephen Carty, Shane Carty, Eddie Deegan, Gary O Carroll, David O Hanlon, Shane O Rourke, Andrew Ward, Scott Phelan, Timmy Medcalf, Mark Whelan, Brian Thackaberry.
Clane United – Patrick O Siuchru, Alan Mahony, Jack Crowley, Ciaran O Connor, Shane Dunne, David Nolan, Stephen Baneham, Cian Byrnes, Danny Callan, Johnny Quinn,Alan Casey, Seanie O Connell, Rory Deane, Adam Lynch.
Feature game Herald.
KDFL Div 1/2/3 Shield Round 1
Donard FC 4 2 Monasterevin AFC
Donard FC from division 2 came out on top today against a plucky Monasterevin AFC from Division 3 in this Div 1/2/3 shield round one game which was played in great spirits considering the terrible weather conditions at Donard village. Donard coming out 4-2 victors.
The home side started the brighter and put it to the visitors from the tip off and went ahead courtesy of a Gerry Fennell penalty after 20 minutes when the picked up the ball following an excellent challenge by Monsterevin defender Anthony Conway but in the ensuing attack conceded a penalty which was slotted home by Fennell. Donard doubled their advantage almost from the tip off when Des Mann made no mistake from close range, firing past Dom Berry in the visiting goal following an excellent through ball from Keith Fennell to make it 2-0.
Donard added a third on the half hour with a second from Des Mann. Monasterevin were not without their own chances and could have reduced the deficit from Anthony Conway, Aaron Burke, Keith White and Darren Fowler before the home side left the visitors with a mountain to climb by added a fourt just before the break with a Timmy Gorman tap in.
The visitors were playing for pride in the second half and it was clearly evident as they threw everything at Donard and were camped in their half for the majority of the second half. The visitors opened their account midway through the half through Paddy Mulhall and added a second soon after when Trevor Byrne netted leaving the final score at 4-2. Best for the winners were Timmy Gorman, Pat Flynn and Gerry Fennell while for the visitors Dom Berry in goal, Anthony Conway in defence and Darren Fowler up front were best. Donard now go into the quarter final draw which will be made this Thursday.
Donard FC – Stephen Foley, Rory Twomey, Brendan Coyne, Timmy Gorman,Pat Flynn, Billy Loughlin, Alan McEvoy, Keith Fennell, Gerry Fenne Shane Carley, Des Mann, Jack Graham, Graham Byrne, Shane Eager, Darren O Neill, Neil Stynes, Kevin Mills.
Monasterevin AFC - Dom Berry, Keith White, Thomas Keogh, Aaron Burke, Wayne Coughlin, Anto Conway, Dave Menair, Trevor Byrne, Darren Fowler, Paddy Mulhall, Stephen McNally, John Cummins, John Thornton, Glenn Binnions.
Official – John Brecknall.
Feature game – Herald.
Cooks Cabin Division 2
Athy Town AFC 4 3 Kildare Town AFC
A battling performance by Cooks Cabin Division 2 League Leaders Athy Town AFC saw them overcome a very game Kildare Town second string today to earn a very valuable three points which sees them keep ahead of Monread AFC who are nipping at the heels for League glory.
The home side started the game the brighter and created several good chances with Corey Maher and Kevin Farrell linking well. However it was the visitors who opened the scoring when a mix up in the home defence saw them concede a penalty after ten minutes when Mick Sweeney was taken down in the box and he shook himself off to dispatch the spot kick past keeper Mark Prior to put them 1-0 up. Athy were not deterred by this early set back and were back on level terms ten minutes later when Timmy Flood headed home past KDFL July goal keeper of the Month John Clarke following good work from Ian Foley. The visitors took the lead again before the break when Stephen Murphy smashed the ball home from close range giving Prior no chance to leave the Kildare side defending their slender advantage going into the break.
The home side came out more determined in the second half but found it hard to break down a stubborn visiting defence in which Gary Kinehan and Brian McGannon were impressive. It was the visitors in deed who doubled their advantage when a well struck effort by Kinehan was missed kicked into his own net by Jason leonard to leave it 3-1 to the visitors on the hour. Ten minutes later Athy made some tactical changes which seemed to turn the tide. They introduced Aaron Meade and James Clancy and their presence was felt almost immediately when Meade netted to put the minimum between the sides with 20 minutes remaining on the clock and five minutes later Leonard made up for his earlier own goal when he notched an equaliser with less than 15 minutes remaining with a great finish to the back post past Clarke.
With five minutes remaining Athy stole all three points when Meade added his second and his sides fourth to earn the Athy side all three points. Best for the winners were Karl Foley, Aaron Meade and Paul Whelan while for an unlucky Kildare Gary Kinehan and John Clarke in goal impressed.
Athy Town AFC
Mark Prior, Niall Foley, Kristoff Jeni, Timmy Flood, Jason Leonard, Alan Sunderland, Corey Maher, Lee Foley, Karl Foley, Kevin Farrell, James Clancy, Paul Whelan, Keith Wright, Ian Devereaux, Aaron Meade, Michael Byrne.
Kildare Town AFC
John Clarke, Gary Kinehan, Ken Kirwin, Brian McGannon, Alan May, Patrick Murphy, Jay Kearney, Mark Haughton, Mick Sweeney, Fran Feane, Mick Murphy, Mark McEvoy, Stephen Murphy, Daniel Tobin.
Referee – J Bracknell.
Feature game Leinster Leader.
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1
Caragh Celtic 3 Rathangan AFC 4
Newly promoted Rathangan AFC registered their first win of the 2015 season when they overcame fellow strugglers Caragh Celtic in this very entertaining seven goal thriller in the Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1 on Saturday.
The home side started the better and should have taken the lead through Matt Hannigan after ten minutes however his close range effort was just wide of John Lyster’s right post.
Caragh edged ahead after five minutes from a penalty when Matt Hannigan was taken down by visiting keeper Lyster and Tommy Byrne made no mistake from the spot. Ten minutes later it was all square when the visitors equalised through Chris Bailey after a Eugene Stenson cross was flicked on by Willie Taylor. The home side took the initiative again and edge ahead for a second time when the ball fell kindly to John Donoghue and he made no mistake from 10 yards to send Caragh in at the break 2-1 up.
It wasn’t long before Rathangan were back on level terms as two minutes after the restart Ned O Loughlin scored a cracking volley following a good delivery from Ed O Loughlin to make it 2-2. They visitors doubled their advantage with fifteen minutes remaining when a Ray Timmon’s cross was finished neatly to the net by Pat Livingston. However Caragh’s never say die attitude saw them put the minimum between the sides with minutes remaining when consternation in the Rathangan penalty area saw them win a penalty which was converted by Tommy Byrne, his second of the game to leave the score at 4-3 and set up a nail biting finish. Stern defending by the visitors saw them hold out for their first important victory in the fight again relegation.
Gavin Slicker, Pauraic Brennan, Fred Slicker, Colm O Rourke, Kieran O Toole, John Donoghue, Tommy Byrne, Nigel Slicker, Matt Hannigan, Paul Egan, Leo Kiely, Eamon Sharpe, Mark Hughes, Pat Fitzharris.
John Lyster, John Dempsey, Colm Flanaghan, Fran Dempsey, John Keogh, Ray Timmons, Ed O Loughlin, Eugene Stenson, Chris Bailey, Joe Kearns, Willie Taylor, Keith McLoughlin, Ned O Loughlin, pat Livingston.
Referee Eric Owens.
Turas Le Cheile
As most of you will be aware we had a member from Turas Le Cheile (Journey Together) speak at our August Council Meeting last Wednesday on the importance of looking after your Mental Health. The League invited the group to speak following several losses within our League over the last number of years. Sadly this talk came on a day when we lost another player in very sad and tragic circumstances.
In the links below you will find some very important documentation and information which will help you as Committee members/Coaches/Managers and Players to promote Mental Health within your Club. These documents for example can be printed out and left in dressing rooms during training sessions etc.
It is important for all of us to help our footballing friends who are experiencing difficult times by letting them know we are there for them. We must all do our part within our Clubs and League to assist those in need.
If you have any questions on the attached please feel free to contact any member of the Executive.
Resource and Contact List
Turas Le Cheile Critical Incidents Guidelines Schools
Turas Le Cheile Well Being in Post Primary Schools Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and
Turas Le Cheile Play In My Boots Pack
Feature Games Herald.
Joe Jewellers Masters Division 1
Enfield Celtic 1 Leixlip United FC 2
Leixlip United keep the pressure on the front runners in the battle for Joe Jewellers Masters Division 1 supremacy but were made fight all the way by a plucky Enfield Celtic in Longwood on Saturday. The League hopefuls were stretched all the way by Enfield who occupy bottom spot in the division in conditions not conducive to attractive football as rain and wind prevailed.
Despite the conditions both sides tried to play ball with the visitors having the better of the early exchanges with some long range efforts from Kevin Mooney and Dave Lambert. The home side kept parity courtesy of some fine defending by Derek Byrne and Shane Dempsey backed up between the posts by Gavin James.
The home side settled and began to make some threats of their own after fifteen minutes with both Aidan Byrne and Dave Byrne going close. Enfield had their best chance of the half after 20 minutes when Keith Brady beat the offside trap to collect a ball played over the top but visiting keeper Terry Cassidy was quick off his lines to collect the effort. The home side kept the pressure on to the break to see both sides going in deadlocked at 0-0 at the break.
A number of half time substitutions for the home side saw them lose their rhythm and allow Leixlip back into the game. The visitors pounded the Enfield half which saw them at 6s and 7s and they took the lead deservedly in the 45th minute when a break from midfield saw some excellent interchanging in the danger area saw Donie Nealon side foot home from a Pat Darcy cross.
Leixlip were now on their uppers and had Enfield on the rack and they doubled their advantage five minutes later when John Brennan chipped home keepr Gavin James from an acute angle to make it 2-0. Enfield reintroduced some of the first half players and it wasn’t long before they were on top and with ten minutes remaining won a penalty when Paul O’Connor was fouled in the area following some good work down the wing by the influential Keith Brady and O’Connor cooly slotted past Cassidy in the visiting goal to set up a nail biting finish. The home side threw everything at the Leixlip defence but the League hopefuls held out for a very important three points which sees them trail leaders Kildare Town by three points albeit with one game extra played.
Gavin James, Derek Byrne, Shane Dempsey, Mark Upton, Daniel Byrne, Keith Brady, Chris Hunt, Gary Pepper, Aidan Byrne, Paul O Connor, Stephen Denscrough, Joe Greghan, Cathal Finnegan, Johnny McLough, Darren Loran.
Leixlip United FC
Terry Cassidy, Jay Gallagher, Stephen Ellis, Kevin Mooney, Dave Lambert, Keith Byrne, Pat Darcy, Donie Nealon, John Brennan, Glenn Byrne, George Murray.
Joe Jewellers Masters Division 2
Kilcock Celtic 7 Newbridge Town AFC 0
Kilcock Celtic put seven past lowly Newbridge Town in their quest for League glory on Saturday at Bawnogues with a clinical display of finishing which sees them knocking on the door for silverwear.
The home side got off to the best of starts when they went one nil up after two minutes when a long ball out of defence from Maurice Nolan was picked up in midfield by Wojciech Jurasz who inturn crossed into the box for the inrushing William Kielty to make no mistake and fire past Derek Whelan in the visiting goal. Kilcock dominated proceedings and doubled their advantage sisteen minutes later when the industrious Alan Myles crossed the ball menacingly into the penalty area where Kielty added his and his side’s second. Midway through the first half the eventual winners found themselves three goals to the good after another good passage of play saw them win a penalty when dangerman Kielty was brought down. He brushed himself off and stepped up to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot and leave the North Kildare side 3-0 up. Two minutes before the break Newbridge Town were left with a mountain to climb when Kilcock added their fourth through Wojciech Jurasz following a great through ball from Stephen Nolan.
The home side continued as they left off and were camped in the Newbridge Town half. They deserved added their fifth ten minute into the second half when Alan Myles scored from inside the penalty area following a cross from Jurasz. Ten minutes later it was 6-0 courtesy of a superb strike from half time substitute Brendan Rooney. Rooney added his second and his side’s seventh in the dying minutes to give Kilcock victory. Best for the winners were Will Kielty, Brendan Rooney and Maurice Nolan. Best for Newbridge it what was a day to forget were Damien Pender and PJ Nolan.
Joe Kavanagh, Maurice Nolan, Neil Geoghegan, Dermot Finn, Adrian O Sullivan, Paul Duffy, Alan Myles, Paul Doran, Wojciech Jurasz, William Kielty, Mark Fitzgerald, Patrick Reilly, Alec Leckey, Stephen Nolan, Paul O Connor, Brendan Rooney.
Newbridge Town AFC
Derek Whelan, Alan Flemming, JP McLoughlin, P. Menehan, A O Donnell, JP Peters, PJ Nolan, Dave Turner, Josh Higgins, M. Stamper, Gerry McKeever, Des Balmer, Jak Kersala, Ciaran Bruce, Damo Pender, Paul Roberts.
Feature game – Leinter Leader
Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Clane United 5 Liffey Cetlic 1
Following in the footsteps of their first team victory this weekend Clane United’s second string took another giant leap for Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1 glory when they pushed aside the challenge of lowly Liffey Celtic with a slick 5-1 victory. This victory now sees Clane’s first reserves in third position in the table just two points off second placed Dunlavin AFC and seven points off leaders Straffan, with a game in hand.
However it was not all roses for the eventual winners as they found themselves 1-0 down after two minutes when their defence was caught napping and allowed Liffey’s Neil Corr in for the opener following some good work Graham O Neill and Johnny Murphy. This set back sprung the home side into action and they were on level terms just three minutes later when Danny Callen netted from close range.
Clane kept the pressure on the visitors and it paid dividends ten minutes later when Callen netted his and his side’s second following good individual play by Rory Deane. Alan Mahony was unlucky not to extend Clane’s lead on the half hour following a good run but Liffey Keeper Stephen Martin stood made a great save to keep Liffey in the game. Clane continued their dominance and made it 3-1 with five minutes to go to the break through Stephen Baneham who was causing all kinds of problems for the visitors on the right. Liffey went close to reducing the deficit on the stroke of half time but they were denied by the heroics of home keeper Patrick O’Siuchru.
The second half proved no better for the beleaguered Liffey side as they struggled to deal with the Clane onslaught and they extended their lead to 4-1 midway through the half when Danny Callen completed his hat trick.
Liffey never gave up the ghost and both Graham O Neill and Neil Corr had half chances before Clane had the final say and added a fifth late on through Seanie O Connell. In fact the scoreline could have been higher were it not for expert stops from Liffey keeper Stephen Martin. Best for the winners were Paddy Walshe, Alan Mahoney, Alan Brennan and hat trick hero Danny Callan. While for Liffey keeper Martin, Neil Corr and Graham O Neill tried hardest.
Patrick O Siuchru, Alan mahony, Gavin Cox, Ciaran O Connor, Alan Brennan, Davey Nolan, Stephen Baneham, Paddy Walshe, Danny Callen, Rory Deane, Alan Casey, Neil McDaid, Seanie Connell, Shane Dunne, Johnny Quinn, James Callen, Jack Crowley, Adam Lynch.
Stephen Martin, Steve Moan, Richard Jardis, Darren Brogan, Stephen Harrington, Derek O Donoghue, Neil Corr, Daniel Kehoe, Brian McDonagh, Johnny Murphy, Graham O Neill, Justin Moan, Richard Murphy.
Official Seamus Sage.
Feature game Herald.
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Caragh Celtic 1 Clane United 2
Clane United consolidated their CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division midtable position following this hard earned 2-1 victory over Caragh Celtic. A Killian Patchell low drive with seven minutes remaining on the clock saw them claim a vital three points and leaves Caragh hanging precariously just above the relegation zone.
The first 15 minutes was a non event as both sides struggled to settle but it was the home side who created the first real chance of the game when Stephen Riordan saw his effort go wide of Mark O Connor’s left post after seventeen minutes and two minutes later they should have went one up but Brian Nolan was unlucky when his stringing effort rattled the upright.
The eventual winners were dealt a setback on the half hour when they lost their influential Captain Gavin Dwyer through injury. He was replaced by Ben Kelly and he almost put the visitors ahead two minutes later however his well struck effort was well saved by home custodian Robert Hannon.
The visitors took the lead just before the break following a corner when it was only half cleared by a hesitant home defence and fell kindly to Daragh Deane, Deane played it back into the danger area where Stephen Dunne was on hand to tap home to put Clane 1-0 up going into the break.
Caragh came out stronger after the restart and found themselves on level terms after fifteen minutes when half time substitute Dean Heavey who had come on a tiring Brian Nolan finished well and it was all to play for again. The home side continued to dominate affair and had further chances to Billy Martin and Riordan again both visiting keeper Mark O Connor was equal to their best efforts. Clane began to win the battle in midfield and Killian Patchell brought off a superb save from Robbie Hannon in the home goal midway through the half when he expertly tipped over the bar.
Clane stole all three points with seven minutes remaining when the hard working Warren Beale broke down the right wing and pulled the ball back for Killian Patchell to finish neatly with a low drive to see his side go home with a 2-1 victory. Best for the winners were Daragh Deane, Killian Patchell and Warren Beale while for the home side Hannon in goal, Daiti Ivers and Billy Martin were best.
Robert Hannon, Paul Foley, Billy Martin, Alan Igoe, Alan Campbell, Daiti Ivers, Gareth Byrne, Johnny Igoe, Stephen Riordan, Brian Nolan, Tony Farrell, Dean Heavey, Darren Heavey, Noel P. Byrne.
Mark O Connor, Conor Black, Orinda Burca, Gavin Dwyer, Ross Warren, Killian Patchell, Neil Cox, Stephen Dunne, Sean Harnett, Warren Beale, Daragh Deane, Jordan patrechu, Daragh Lynch, Ronan Dunne, Ben Kelly.
Official: Martin Hickey.
Feature Game – leader.
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Kildare Town AFC 2 Ballycane Celtic/Sundays Well FC 2
League Leaders Ballycane Celtic/Sundays Well FC lost another opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division when they could only manage a draw against lowly Kildare Town AFC on Sunday last. Having dropped their first three points of the season last weekend to Clane United they were eager to get back to winning ways. However the new look Kildare Town side had other ideas and pushed the league leaders to the final whistle in what was an excellent game for the neutral.
The leaders started the brighter and the first chance for them through a Stewart O’Neill effort after five minutes but home keeper Stuart Wall was equal to his effort and saved well. Minutes later it was Kildare’s turn but Kevin Higgins did well to clear the advances of Andrew Sage. Ballycane started to win the battle in midfield Kevin Higgins did well to send in a pin point cross into the area but Niall Herbert was unlucky to see his headed effort narrowly wide of Wall’s upright.
Just before the break the home side edged ahead when Brian Sweeney netted giving Keith Higgins no chance in the visiting goal with a superb individual effort to leave Kildare 1-0 up going into the break.
Ballycane came out all guns blazing in the second half and Stuart Wall in the home goal had to be at his best to keep out early efforts from Dean Loughran and Dean Higgins. Ballycane deservedly equalised ten minutes into the half when Stewart O Neill knocked the ball over the line from close range to make it 1-1. It was even steven for the next twenty minutes until Ballycane found the breakthrough when Ciaran Fennell volleyed home to send the away supporters into a frenzy. It was Kildare however who had the last action of the game with Mate Szeortrds toe poking home a lose ball which Ballycane failed to deal with to secure a point for the home side.
Kildare Town AFC
Stuart Wall, Daragh McKeown, Kavin lambe, Jay O Neill, Ian Murphy, Kieran Sheedy, Georgie Balogh, Brian Sweeney, David Hickey, Andrew Sage, Mate Szeortrds, Ray Hayden, Patrick Murphy, Michael Sweeney, Peter O Neill, Justin Gleeson.
Ballycane Celtic/Sundays Well FC
Keith Higgins, Kevin Higgins, Dean Loughrey, Dermot Doyle, John paul Higgins, Ciaran Feane, Stewart O Neill, Michael Drewitt, Dean Higgins, Stephen Lackey, Niall Herbert, Chris Higgins, Kevin Daly, Jake McGlichey, Aaron Smith.
Referee – Billy Conlon.
Feature Games – Herald.
So Fresh Entertainment Womens Division 2
Mountmellick United 3 Naas United FC 3
Naas United FC lost the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Countrywide Forklift Training Womens Division 2 when they drew with their nearest rivals in a six goal thriller played out at Conor Davis Park Mountmellick on Monday evening last. A late late penalty by hat trick hero Stacey Harris saving the day for the Naas side.
The game began as a scrappy affair as both sides struggled to settle. It was the home side who threatened first after ten minutes when Linda Lee whipped in a fantastic ball which was met on the head by Clodagh Donovan but her effort was expertly saved by visiting keeper Emma Casey. Naas broke the deadlock from Casey’s kick out which was intercepted by Sam Cully and she sent a floating ball into the path of the prolific Stacey Harris who made no mistake from close range past the despairing dive of home keeper Jenny Parkinson, to put the league leaders 1-0 up.
Naas were still celebrating when Mountmellick equalised straight from the tip off when the ever dangerous Linda Lee picked the ball up on the half way line and proceeded unchallenged through the Naas defence to send a 25 yard rocket of a shot to the bottom corner of Casey’s net to make it 1-1 after twenty minutes. Naas were stunned as the home side extended their lead to 2-1 minutes later when an unforced error from Naas Custodian Emma Casey fell to Sam Cully who was dispossessed by Autumn O Neill who made no mistake to fire past Casey to double their advantage. Mountmellick were left exposed when their influential centrehalf Lisa Guinane had to retire through injury on the half hour and midfielder Linda Lee had to move to the centre of defence. The home side held out until half time defending their slender 2-1 lead.
Ten minutes after the restart Naas were back on terms when a pin point pass from Jill Blanchfield found Harris to struck her and her sides second to make it 2-2. Mountmellick edged ahead again when Sue Lee sent in a delightful free kick to the top right hand corner of the Naas net after seventy five minutes to make it 3-2. Naas were not to be outdone and Harris again came to their rescue when she converted a late late penalty having been fouled to make it 3-3 with her third of the game. A draw being a fair to this entertaining tie which sees very little between these two top sides.
Best for the home side were Sue and Linda Lee and Autumn O Neill while for Naas keeper Casey, Samy Cully, Sue Power, Lauren Brophy, Dawn Murray and hat trick hero Stacey Harris all impressed.
Jenny Parkinson, Michelle Carroll, Lynda Roberts, Lisa Guinane, Amy Bishop, Jessica Brennan, Linda Lee, Sue Lee, Christine O Riordan, Clodagh Donovan, Ruth Hanrahan, Caoimhe Kenna, Deirdre Parkinson, Ali Richardson.
Emma Casey, Tara Dunne, Sarah Drewitt, Jenny Herbert, Jo Lovett, Sam Cully, Jill Blanchfield, Lauren Brophy, Sue Farrell, Stacey Harris, Sue Power, Ciara Dunne, Dawn Nurray, Julie Duffin.
Referee – J. McDonnell
Feature Game – Evening Herald.
Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Liffey Celtic FC 2 Newbridge Hotspurs 0
Liffey Celtic clawed their way out of the Division 1 relegation zone courtesy of this 2-0 home victory over fellow strugglers Newbridge Hotspurs in this entertaining game played out at Newhall last Sunday. A goal in each half from Graham O Neill and Tommy Nolan saw Celtic do just about enough to see of the challenge of Spurs in this local derby.
The home side started the better in this high tempo game and they enjoyed the lions share of possession with some well worked link up play from the back courtesy of keeper Ian McDonnell, defender Craig Durney and midfielder Neil Corr continually creating chances for front men.
The pressure paid off ten minutes before the break for the home side and eventual winners when a great individual effort from Dan Keogh saw him beat off the challenge of two Spurs defenders before sending in a perfectly weighted cross into the box and Graham O Neill rose highest to power home past the visiting keeper to see them go 1-0 up going into the break.
It was more of the same for the first twenty minutes of the second half with Liffey pounding the spurs final third, Conor McBride calling all the shots in midfield, the difference between both sides.
Newbridge Hotspurs began to make some inroads with Glenn Tuffy and Greg Kelly impressing but they found the home rearguard well marshalled by Craig Durney in a mean mood. With fifteen minutes remaining Liffey sealed their victory when substitute Tommy Nolan who had just come on for the tiring Richard Jarvis made no mistake from close range following some great work down the right by man of the match Craig Durney to make it two nil and seal victory and a very important three points for Liffey Celtic.
Best for the winners were man of the match Craig Durney in defence and Conor McBride in midfield while best for an out of sorts Hotspurs were Greg Kelly on the right side of midfield and Glenn Tuffy at centre back.
Ian McDonnell, Stephen Moran, Craig Durney, Barry Moylan, Declan O Brien, Dan, Graham O Neill, Conor McBride, Michael McBride, Derek O Donoghue, Neil Corr, Tommy Nolan, Richie Jennis, Scott O Sullivan.
James Kennedy, Wayne Kennedy, Cian Brannigan, John Fitzpatrick, Glenn Tuffy, Nigel Purcell, Ross Lynch, Tommy Nugent, Ricky Caffrey, Dylan Alesbury, Bengy Landy, Aaron Bennett, Ben Kinsella, Lee Kearney.
Official – Billy Conlon.
Feature Game – Leinster Leader
Aermax Premier Division
Newbridge Colts 1 Kilcullen AFC 2
Kilcullen AFC kept the pressure on the Premier League frontrunners with this massive three point win over nearest rivals Newbridge Colts on Sunday. With eleven points separating the top five Clubs the run in is going to prove very exciting in this always very competitive division.
The visitors started the better with their midfield pulling all the strings with Fran Shortt and Neil Kavanagh impressing. For all Kilcullen’s possession it was the home side who actually created the first real chance of the game after fifteen minutes when Stephen Donegan was denied by a finger tip save from visiting keeper Richie Reddin to keep out his goal bound effort following an impressive six man move.
This was the wake up call the visitors needed and they found themselves 1-0 up on the half hour when David Carroll sent a menacing ball into the box which was flicked on by Jamie Lambe to Eoghan Kirby and he made no mistake from close range to fire past Vinny Carroll in the home goal. Five minutes later Colts were left reeling when the visitors increased their advantage when Captain Fantastic Eoghan Kirby added his and his side’s second when he slotted the ball past Carroll following good work again from Fran Shortt. Indeed they could have went further ahead five minutes later but Neil Kavanagh saw his 20 yard effort was expertly tipped over the crossbar by Carroll in the home goal. The score remained 2-0 to the visitors going into the break.
On the resumption Colts were determined not to go down without a fight and they began to make inroads as they dominated for long periods and deservedly reduced the deficit on the 65th minute when Neil McCormack netted his second in two goal to put the minimum between the sides. Colts now with their tails up threw everything at the Kilcullen defence and Cormac Malone was unlucky no to draw the sides level ten minutes later but he was denied by a last ditch tackle from David Carroll. Kilcullen battened down the hatches for the remaining fifteen and bagged what has proved to be a very important three points in the fight for the title. Best for the winners were David Mullins in defence, Eoghan Kirby up front with the man of the match title going to Neil Kavanagh in the middle of midfield. Best for the home side were Adam Flavin in defence and Ciaran Thorpe up front.
Vinny Carroll, Daire Coleman, Adam Flavin, Anthony Thrope, Ken Ryan, Richie Farrell, Niall McCormack, Darragh Millar, Stephen Donegan, Ciaran Thorpe, Cormac Malone, Karl Howe, Jonathan O Neill, Gavin Cormack, Dean O Toole, Mark Byrne, Alan Curran.
Richie Reddin, David Carroll, James Ryan, David Mullins, Cillian Halloran, Colin Murphy, Fran Shortt, Neil Kavanagh, Gary Flaherty, Eoghan Kirby, Jamie Lambe, John Molloy, Ross Coughlan, Howard Peococke, Brian Mullins, Keith Powell.
Official – Eric McCann.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
Hill Electrical Division 3
Clongorey United FC 2 Johnstown United FC 3
Hill Electrical Div 3 league leaders Johnstown United maintained their 100 per cent record when they got the better of fellow league hopefully Clongorey United by the odd goal in five in this top of the table clash played out at Old Bog road on Sunday.
In this division which is proving one of the most tightly contested in the KDFL with only four points separating the top three teams both sides started the game nervously with the first ten minutes a scrappy affair.
It was the league leaders who were to draw first blood when Stephen Power volleyed home past home keeper Ciaran Davenport from 25 yards after a knock on from the impressive David Molloy. This goal seemed to spur the visitors on and some fine play led to a couple of chances on Davenport’s goal but he dealt well to snuff out the danger.
Clongorey clawed themselves back into the game with a deserved equaliser through Dennis O Brien following a defensive mix up in the Johnstown defence to leave it all square on the half hour but five minutes later the League leaders edged ahead again when Stephen Power added his and his side’s second when he got on the end of a defensive clearance by Niall O Connor to beat Davenport to make it 2-1. Clongorey owned the remainder of the half as Johnstown lost their influential winger and captain Stephen Cole through injury and the home side tried to capitalise but found the centrehalf pairing of Sean and Niall O Connor in a mean mood and they were backed up the some steadfast keeping by Dave Maguire to keep the home side at bay to the half time whistle and go in defending their slender lead despite the best efforts of Nathan Gahan and John Redican.
Clongorey were on top in the early stages of the second half as Johnstown began to tire and the visiting defence had to be at their best to clear a Dave Hickey effort off the line after ten minutes. Despite the pressure Johnstown always looked dangerous on the counter attack with Dave Conroy, Dave Molloy, Wayne Long and Stephen Power all looking threatening. It was game on with fifteen minutes remaining when the home side came from behind again to draw level courtesy of a sweetly struck Shane Byrne shot which looped just under Dave Maguire’s crossbar to make it 2-2.
The eventual winners stole all three points with time almost up when Wayne Long beat off the advances of three home defenders to rifle the ball to the top of Davenport’s net to make it 3-2 going into time added on. Clongorey pressed to the end to no avail and Johnstown claimed the all important three points which sees them two points clear of second placed Kilcullen AFC with equal games played.
Clongorey United – Ciaran Davenport, Brian Smith, Shane Mitchell, John Culihane, Ray Travers, Keith Egan, Dave Hickey, Nathan Gahan, John Redican, Dennis O Brien, Niall Byrne, Shane Byrne, Keith Byrne, Dave O Toole, Dylan Heslin.
Johnstown United –
David Maguire, Sean O Connor, Niall O Connor, David Brennan, Gary Lawlor, David Molloy, Dean Conroy, Wayne Conroy, Stephen Power, Stephen Cole, Liam Conroy, Frank Agoola.
Referee – Kenny Cribbin.
Feature game – Herald.
Cooks Cabin Division 2
Monread FC 6 Newbridge Hotspurs FC 1
Monread FC continued to apply pressure on Cooks Cabin Division 2 League Leaders Athy Town AFC when they easily overcame the challenge of Newbridge Hotspurs second string at Monread Pk on Sunday on a scoreline of 6-1. Aram Vartanyan was the hero for the home side netting four of their six goals to see Monread run out convincing winners.
Despite their superior league position, Monread certainly weren’t going to take this Newbridge Hotspurs side for granted, and the early stages of this game were a largely frenetic affair with neither side really managing to gain a clear upper hand. However this changed after twenty minutes thanks to the first of what was to be many moments of magic from Aram Vartanyan, who picked the ball up just inside the Newbridge half before embarking on a mazy dribble, having a quick interchange of passes with midfielder Adam Jackson before sending the ball into the bottom corner of Josh Morgan’s net from the edge of the area to put the home side 1-0 up.
Full of confidence now, the home side began to put their stamp on the game, and five minutes later it was 2-0 to the Naas side when Dangerman Brian McDonnell sent a menacing cross into the back post which was met by Vartanyan who buried the ball emphatically into the back of the visitors net leaving Morgan with no chance. The home side found themselves 3-0 up and cruising just before the break, Hammersley the creator this time sending the ball into the path of prolific centre-forward Brian McDonnell, who smashed the it home to record his 8th goal of the season.
As the second half kicked off, with the score at 3-0, you could have been forgiven for thinking that this game was as good as over. However ‘Spurs weren’t prepared to go down without a fight, and managed to pull one back courtesy of a fabulous long-range strike from Barry Molloy catching the unfortunate Bryan O’Connell off of his line to make it 3-1. This goal was the only blemish in an otherwise perfect performance from the Monread back four.
Hotspurs continued to apply pressure to the leaders and a scrappy 10 minutes followed with Monread struggling to maintain their earlier control in the game. This period of uncertainty was eventually brought to an end soon after by none other than Aram Vartanyan, who trapped the ball with his chest on the left hand side, left two visiting defenders Barry Molloy and Johnny O Brien for dead before launching the ball into the back of the net from a difficult angle to make it 4-1 to the home side. This allowed Monread to regain their rhythm and they added a fifth mindway through the half when an excellent passage of play involving several players eventually led to the ball reaching debutant Eric Murphy who laid the ball off for Vartanyan to score his fourth and his side’s fifth. Monread wrapped up the goal spree with ten minutes remaining courtesy of midfield stalwart Ciarán Begley, who applied the finishing touch following a pass from the ever-dangerous Vartanyan. Best for the winners were Aram Vartanyan, Tiernan O’Brien, James Murphy.
Monread FC – Brian O Connell, Rob Moran, Tiernan O Brien, Luca Lehane, Thomas Lee, James Murphy, Brian McDonnell, Adam Jackson, Mark Hammersley, Cillian Whelan, Aram Vertanyan, Craig Murphy, Eric Murphy, Conor Woulfe, Ciaran Begley.
Newbridge Hotpsurs FC – Josh Morgan, Barry Molloy, Johnny O Brien, James Roche, Thomas Kemmy, Mark Byrne, Bradley Kerrigan, Stuart McGrath, Jeff Haiti, Keith Mitchell, Scott O Connor, Bruno Walvaran, Alan McRory, Declan Campbell, Rob Byrne.
Referee – Koe Whelan.
The Prosports top goalkeeper award for June was awarded to Johnstown FC David Maguire. This is David's first season with the division 3 table toppers and he has been outstanding between the posts this year's in preserving the clubs 100 per cent record so far. David plays along side brother gary and also manages at underage level. Congrats David from all of us, a much deserved award..
KDFL TOP PLAYER FOR JUNE also went to Naas AFC'S Kevin naughton. Kevin has played a huge part in his clubs good run which sees them keeping the pressure on the division 2 front runners. The youthful player accepted his award this evening at the Keadeen Hotel from league chairman Michael Casey. Congratulations kevin, a thoroughly deserved awardfor all your hard work to date.
KDFL TOP PLAYER JUNE Stephen Riordan of CR Wynne feeds senior division side caragh celtic. Stephen who was last year's recipient of the KDFL premier player of the year has continued his good form into the 2015 season with newly promoted caragh celtic. Ciaran Cunneen accepted the award from league chairman Michael Casey on 'reggies' behalf and delivered it this evening to him at his workplace. Congratulations stephen and well done from all of us..
The final award at the League's July council meeting in the keadeen hotel tonight went to a man who is no stranger to the KDFL. He has played and managed a various levels within the league including the leagues women's representative team. Tonight however he was awarded the Manager of the month for June for steering his side Ballycane Celticfc-Sundays Well to the top of the CR Wynne Feeds senior division where they remain unbeaten and are still in the league and senior cup. A fair achievement in this extremely competitive league. Congrats Peter Stafford well done from all of us. Peter is seen here collecting his award from league vice - chairman Tommy Stanley
Feature game – Herald.
Countrywide Forklift Training Womens Division 2
Castle Villa AFC 3 Kilcock Celtic FC 2
Castle Villa AFC women’s team registered their first win of the 2015 season when they overcame a gallant Kilcock Celtic side by the odd goal in this five goal thriller on Monday evening last in glorious sunshine in front of a large crowd at Mullarney Park. This was very much a game of two halves as a Villa win could have been all but assured by half time before a spirited second half performance from Kilcock got them back to within one strike of parity at the end of the 90 minutes.
The home side started very strongly and Kilcock keeper Val Herbert had to pull off a cracking save after 4 minutes, when a penetrating Catherine Dempsey run to the heart of the visiting defence opened up an opportunity to shoot, and in the ensuing scramble Kilcock defender Joanne Noone was brave to stand up to yet another Dempsey shot, and the ball was eventually cleared to safety. Almost immediately Villa won a corner and Melissa Kearney was unlucky to see her header from Nicole Heeney Byrne's corner drift wide.
Villa were on their uppers and another fine corner from the dangerous Nicole Heeney Byrne after 12 minutes was taken short to the corner of the penalty area where Catherine Dempsey still had work to beat Ciara Ryan before drilling the ball to the corner of the Kilcock net to open the scoring. Kilcock were trying hard, and Orla Keeling had to be at her best to save a shot low to her left from the Kilcock’s Sally Ann Kelly.
The home side soon resumed their dominance and over the next 20 minutes it was one way traffic with the Kilcock woodwork being struck on no less than 3 occasions, twice from Maggie Nolan before Melissa Kearney saw a goalbound effort touched onto the post.
That pressure told after 38 minutes however, but it was from a set play. Nicole Heeney Byrne took aim from 25 metres out and her precisely placed effort evaded the dive of visiting keeper Herbert to make it two nil to the Villettes. Less than two minutes later, she double her tally and put the home side 3-0 up after the ball was put on a plate for her to finish high to the net by Catherine Dempsey, whose surging runs were causing all sorts of problems for the visiting backline of Ciara Ryan, Hayley White and Joanne Noone.
Kilcock never gave up and were showing definite signs of improvement despite the deficit and Villa keeper Orla Keeling was her side’s saviour again a minute before the break when she turned away a goalbound effort to her right from the impressive Grace White to preserve Villa’s 3-0 lead going into the break.
Kilcock started the second half very strongly, and with a renewed vigour and on 55 minutes, Orla Keeling yet again defied Grace White, who was causing all sorts of problems for the home rearguard, with another good save. The visiting team had the better of the overall play in the second half, and on 67 minutes a fantastic long range strike from Eimear Kelly soared high to the Villa net to finally beat home keeper Keeling to make it 3-1. For the remainder of the game, both teams fought a hard midfield battle with Kilcock probably edging it as Villa introduced a number of substitutes. With two minutes of time added on played visiting keeper Herbert made a great save from a Maggie Nolan effort before Christine Columb met the rebound with a strike that any player would be proud of only to be desperately unlucky to see the ball crash back into play from the Kilcock crossbar.
The game wasn't over at this stage however, and Kilcock claimed a lifeline on 93 minutes when Lisa Hickey was adjudged to have fouled the impressive Grace White and the same player made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 3-2, and ensure a nervous final minute. It was too little too late however and the home side went on to claim all three points. Best for Villa were Keeper Keeling, Melissa Kearney and Nicole Heaney while for a desperately unlucky Kilcock, Joanne Noone, Niamh McCarthy, Hayley White, Aisling O Connor and Eve Powderly were best.
Castle Villa AFC – Orla Keeling, Gemma Murphy, Jade Doyle, Noeleen Rottley,Jackie Egan, Christine Columb, Melissa Kearney, Nicole Heaney Byrne, Catherine Dempsey, Maggie Nolan, Rachel Garvey, Lisa Hickey, Chloe Lawlor, Niamh Kirwan, Chloe Kearney, Elaine Brennan, Carol Brennan.
Kilcock Celtic – Val Herbert, Ciara Ryan, Hayley White, Joanne Noone, Niamh McCarthy, Eimear Kelly, Sally Ann Kelly, Aisling O Connor, Grace White, Eve Powderly, Helen Fagan, Niamh Brady.
Referee G. Solan.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
So Fresh Entertainment Womens Division 1
Naas AFC 2 Allenwood Celtic 2
A draw was a fair result in this highly entertaining KDFL Womens Division 1 game between lowly sides Allenwood Celtic and Naas AFC played out in the pristine surrounding of Naas Sports Centre on Monday last however both teams lost out on a valuable three points to take them away from the relegation zone.
The home side started brightly and had a few early attacks but the first shot on target came from the midfield as Lisa Roberts after good wing play from Chloe Brien who pulled the ball back to the edge of the box and Lisa took her shot first time however visiting keeper Aisling Carroll was equal to the task with a super save. This early dominance seemed to spur the Naas side on and they finally made the breakthrough on eight minutes as Ella Fitzgerald lobbed Carroll in the Allenwood goal following some great work on the right wing by the impressive Lisa Roberts.
Allenwood sprung into action following this and began to press for an equaliser and after 13mins they forced two successive corners putting the Naas rearguard under pressure but they weathered the storm following some great defensive work from Emer Wallace and Aileen Kane.
The home side doubled their lead in the 30th minute after some great midfield linkup play Orla Mc Sweeney pushed a great through ball that opened up the Allenwood defense and Ella Fitzgerald stapped in her and her side’s second of the game. Allenwood to their credit kept the pressure on desite the deficit and were eventually rewarded when the industrious Claire Ivers freed Lisa Moore with a great through ball and Moore made no mistake with a sweetly struck volley to put the minimum between the sides going into the break.
Naas should have been out of sight in the first half but they had a lot of possession but the final ball was not there.
The visitors made a formation change in the second half which brought numbers to their midfield position with more direct play. Naas were struggling at times to deal with the pressure brought on by this change as Allenwood started to exert more pressure however they found Nikki Behan in the home goal in inspired form. The visitors eventually got a deserved equaliser when Karen Lyons won a bal in midfield before she released Lisa Moore with a pin point pass and Moore added her and her side’s second with great ease for a share of the spoils. Best for the home side were Behan in goal and scorer Ella Fitzgerald while for Allenwood Catherine Burke, Ann Marie Hanlon and two goal hero Lisa Moore were best.
Naas AFC – Nikki Behan, Emer Wallace, Aileen Kane, Ella Fitzgerald,Emer Denehan, Orla McSweeney,Chloe Brien, Sarah Boylan, Lisa Roberts, Orlaith White, Rebecca Devlin,Brid Sullivan, laura Hunter, Sarah Shore.
Allenwood Celtic – Ashling Carroll, Stacey MacInnis, Catherine Burke, Ann Marie Hanlon, Amanda Moore, Angela Quinn, Karen Lyons, Megan Byrne, Claire Ivers, Lisa Moore, Niamh Flynn, Louise Dee.
Referee – M. Hickey.
Feature Game – Leinster Leader
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1
Coill Dubh AFC 0 Castle Villa AFC 3
Castle Villa made the trip to old rivals Coill Dubh on Saturday evening and came away with a very impressive 3-0 victory against their midtable opposition which now sees them draw level on points with their nearest rivals and move into joint third position in the Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1.
Villa started the game the stronger team, and both Alan Lawler and Paddy Murphy were unfortunate to see headed efforts go just wide of Darren McDonnell’s right post within the first ten minutes. That early pressure told after 20 minutes when a training ground free kick routine worked a treat to give the visitors the lead. Malcolm Kirwan played a clever reverse ball from a free kick into the path of the incoming Nigel Byrne. This caught the Coill Dubh defence completely off guard and Byrne was able to skip around defender Mickey Moran before coolly slotting the ball past the despairing dive of McDonnell to make it one nil to the Castledermot men.
Villa had Anthony Lawler pulling the strings in midfield and with the protection both himself and Paul O Gorman were giving, the Villa back four was never really troubled for the remainder of the half. The half time whistle sounded with both teams still firmly believing they could win the game.
The home side came out for the second half with the winds at their backs and their tails up. After five minutes they won a corner which was taken from their left hand side where the impressive Cormac Cassidy got his head on the end of only to see the outstretched hand of Villa keeper Alan Proctor claw the ball over the bar. Villa right back Phil Horan was brave to stick his head on the end of a goal bound piledriver from Paul Fagan to preserve the lead soon after.
Villa's centre back pairing of Joe Kennedy and Ger O'Toole were marshalling things superbly and that was the last real threat that Coill Dubh presented in the game which was finally put to bed as a contest when Paddy Murphy made a great run and found by Paul O Gorman to allow Murphy to slide the ball home with the aid of a slight deflection to make it 2-0 and with ten minutes remaining that man Murphy put a peach of a ball onto Gary Mulhall's head for the big man to make it three nil and seal an excellent all round team performance for the visitors.
Coill Dubh AFC – Darren McDonnell, Mickey Moran, Luke Gannon, Peter Nolan, Noel Morgan, Ed Cummins, Jonathan Flynn, Pat King, Paul Fagan, Cormac Cassidy, James Gill, George Byrne, Cathal Cronin, Dave Moore, Tom Mooney, Gavin Carpenter.
Castle Villa AFC – Alan Proctor, Phil Horan, Alan McNamara, Ger O Toole, Joe Kennedy, Danny Murnane, Malcolm Kirwin, Alan Lawlor, Gary Mulhall, Nigel Byrne, Paddy Murphy, Colm Fitzgerald, Paul O Gorman, Anto Lawler.
Referee – T. Gleeson.
Feature Game – Herald Newspaper
KDFL Lumsden League Cup (Round 1)
Straffan AFC 1 Liffey Athletic 1
(Straffan AFC win 4-3 on penalties AET)
Division 3 side Liffey Athletic almost created the shock of the day in the KDFL Lumsden League Cup Round 1 when they took Division 1 table toppers Straffan AFC to penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. Unfortunately they were eventually beaten 4-3 in the shootout after putting up a great spirited effort.
The home side and Division 1 leaders started the stronger and had their first chance on goal after five minutes but Sean Croke’s near post header was expertly tipped over the bar by visiting keeper Ronan Smith. Liffey were always dangerous on the break and created a chance of their own soon after when striker John Dillon drilled the ball low into the Straffan danger area but the home side cleared their lines to snuff out the danger.
On the half hour mark the Division 3 visitors got a glorious chance to edge ahead in this tight encounter when dangerman Dillon was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Straffan defender Stephen Kane and Referee Kenny Cribbon pointed to the spot. Shane Delaney stepped up but his strike was just wide of Sebastian Lojac’s right post. Two minutes later it was Straffan’s turn to exert the pressure and Liffey netminder Ronan Smith was called into action again to keep out and excellent effort from Robbie Hopkins. That was the end of the action for the first half which saw the sides go in deadlocked at 0-0 and all to play for in the second half.
The second half was a quieter affair with neither side prepared to take the game on and saw it out to full time.
The home side started the first period of extra time in more determined fashion and edged ahead after five minutes when Gareth King’s low drive deceived the Liffey defence to nestle in the bottom right corner of Smith’s net. Straffan then sat back and allowed Liffey back into the game which they dominated from this point and John Collins deservedly equalised for the Leixlip side following some excellent approach work from Eugene Reinhardt with time almost up to bring the tie to the dreaded shootout.
Both keepers made two excellent stops in the penalty shoot out but it was Straffan keeper Sebastian Lojac who saved the day and Straffan’s blushes when he dived full length to keep out the first of Liffey’s sudden death spot kicks. Straffan now progress to take on current Senior League Champions Naas United in Round 2 but they will have to up their game considerably on today’s performance. Athletic will be hearted by their improved performance today and now look forward to their Divisional Cup preliminary game next Sunday.
Straffan AFC - Sebastian Lojac, Stephen Kane, Shane Fox, Shane McNamara, Sean Croke, Robbie Hodkins, Joey Stanley, Jonathan Byrne, Vinny McCarthy, Jeff King, Gareth King, Joe Maher, Kevin Fox, Bartek Zanigs, Karl Jackson.
Liffey Athletic – Ronan Smith, David Reinhardt, John Doyle, Leighton Dobbs, John Woods, Conor Boland, Shane Delaney, Adam Conway, John Collins, John Dillon, Derek McGill, Ciaran White, Eugene Reinhardt.
Referee – Kenny Cribbon.
Feature game – Evening Herald.
Hill electrical Division 3
Monasterevin AFC 3 Newtown Rovers 1
Monasterevin AFC moved into joint third place in the Hill Electrical Division 3 courtesy of their 3-1 victory over lowly Newtown Rovers. A brace from Simon Luttrell and one from Andrew O’Gorman was enough to see Mark O’Donoghue’s side overcome their near neighbours at Togher Park on Sunday.
Despite their victory it was the visitors who threatened first when after nine minutes Newtown’s Stephen Doyle was unlucky to see his effort crash off the home crossbar and the rebound was cleared to safety into the path of Stephen McNally who forced a corner for Monasterevin.
Trevor Byrne’s well taken corner was knocked on to Garry Coughlan, his effort on goal came off the post and the impressive Simon Luttrell was on hand to tap home past the despairing dive of Gavin Harper in the visiting goal to put Monasterevin 1-0 up.
From the tip off the home side doubled their advantage when Luttrell added his and his side’s second following good work in midfield from Anthony Conway and Trevor Byrne who set up Luttrell up and put the home side 2-0 up. It was all Monasterevin at this point as the Rovers rearguard of John Dolly, Ross Marah and Eoin Kerwick struggled to defend the barrage of shots on goal from the home side. However they held firm to the break and went in trailing by two goal to nil.
Newtown Rovers came out more determined in the second half and after ten minutes were thrown a lifeline when Garry Coulahan’s attempted kick out was miss kicked and kindly fell to Newtown’s inrushing Eoin Philips and he fired past Dom Berry in the home goal to put the minimum between the sides and set up a nail biting finish. The leaders were stung into action and they began to get a foot hold in midfield again. With ten minutes remaining Andrew O’Gorman sealed to victory for the home side when he played a one two with Trevor Byrne before neatly turning and from 25 yards out fired a cracker to the top right hand corner of Gavin Harper’s net to put the game beyond Rovers.
Best for the winners were new signings Luttrell and O’Gorman while scorer Philips and Ross Marah in defence were best for an out of sorts Rovers.
Monasterevin AFC. Dom Berry, Thomas Keogh, John Cummins, Garry Coulahan, Andrew O’Gorman, Anthony Conway, Trevor Byrne, Simon Luttrell,Paddy Mullen, Stephen McNally,John Thornton, David McNevin,Peter Conway, Philip Olivers, Shane O Neill, Jamie Connolly, Robbie Whyte.
Newtown Rovers FC. Gavin Harper, John Dolly, Ross Marah, Eoin Kerwick, Aidan Byrne, Frank Delaney, Sean Moloney, Paddy Deering, Mike Lawlor, Karl Hynes, Stephen Doyle, Eoin Philips, Frank Kelly, Kevin Brady, Damien Coogan, John Morris, David Ellard.
Referee. J. Brackell.
Feature Game Leinster Leader
Lumsden League Cup (Round 1)
Maynooth Town AFC 3 Naas AFC 1
Division 1 highflyers Maynooth Town AFC were pushed all the way by Division 2’s Naas AFC in this Lumsden League Cup preliminary game at Rathcoffey road on Sunday with the North Kildare side coming out eventual victors on a 3-1 scoreline to progress to Round 2.
The home side started brightly and took the lead after only ten minutes when a great run and cross by the industrious Josh Gunn was poked home by Donal O Riordan.
Maynooth were shading affairs in the middle of the park where James walsh was proving a hand full for the visitors setting up several early chances for wing men Gary Connolly and Josh Gunn. The visitors found their feel midway through the half and home keeper Vaz Labloch had to be at his best to keep out a great effort from Jamie Rogers and two minutes later Paul Kirwin was unlucky to see his volley just shave LaBloch’s crossbar.
The visitors deservedly equalised just before half time when Ben Whelan set up Kevin Naughton to cut inside and shoot low to LaBloch’s right squaring matters.
The home side regained control early in the second half as Naas began to tire with Josh Gunn and Conor Glynn combining well on the right and likewise Ruairi Kearney and Gary Connolly on the left. On the rare occasion Naas broke any attempt at goal was snuff out by a well marshalled home defence of Tom Halton and Kevin O Brien. The writing was on the wall for Naas when with ten minutes remaining Maynooth were awarded a penalty following a foul on the impressive Donal O’Riordan and James Walsh stepped up to put past Jamie Larkin in the visiting goal to leave Maynooth 2-1 up. They added a third when Naas were chasing the game in injury time through Conor Glynn to put somewhat of a gloss on the final scoreline.
Best for the winners were Gary Connolly and James Walsh while for an unlucky Naas Ben Ellard and Jamie Rogers were best.
Maynooth Town; Vaz LaBloch, Conor Glynn, Ruairi Kearney, Kevin O Brien,Tom Halton, James Walsh, Josh Gunn, Ronan Kearney, Hugh Breen, Donal O Riordan, Gary Connolly, Gavin Kelly, Gareth McLoughlin, John Byrne, Dave Bradley.
Naas AFC; James Larkin, Tommy Hayes, Kevin Hoare,Paul Kirwan, Shane Brady, Ben Ellard, Eddie Corley, Darren Cunningham, Jamie Rogers, Kevin Naughton, Ben Whelan, Kevin Dunne, Conor Davis, Luke Hilliard.
Ref; Paddy France.
Feature game Leinster Leader.
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2
Kildare Town AFC 3 Coill Dubh AFC 1
Kildare Town AFC’s second string registered their first three points of the season when they overcame midtable Coill Dubh AFC’s seconds on a scoreline of 3-1 in this highly entertaining Masters tie played out at Rathbride road on Saturday evening last.
Kildare did not have it all their own way however as Coill Dubh came out with all guns blazing from the tip off and put early pressure on the eventual winners with Darren O Shea and Ernie Price causing all kinds of problems for the home side’s rearguard but Kildare’s defence well marshalled by veteran Robbie Donnelly held firm to snuff out the early pressure.
Kildare settled after this initial surge from the visitors and went one nil on the 20th minute when Mark Byrne’s split the visiting defence with a superb through ball which Kevin Bradley latched onto and lobbed visiting keeper Niall Whelan in the Coill Dubh goal to put his side 1-0 up.
Soon after the eventual winners doubled their advantage when Kevin Bradley whipped a free from the half way line into the danger area, it was headed across goal by Mark Byrne where Shane Daly was well placed to head home to put Kildare 2-0 up.
Coill Dubh to their credit kept their heads up and continued to attack the Kildare but Kildare net minder Gary O Neill was equal to Ernie Price, Darren O Shea and Noel Gill’s efforts. Kildare finished the half strong with a third goal when they were awarded a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Johnny Clarke to leave the home side 3-0 up and cruising going into the break.
Coill Dubh came out as they did in the first half with the upper hand and despite the deficit worked well to create some very good chances through Jim Bob Brereton and John Corkish but to no avail.
Kildare tried hard to add to their tally but found Mark Smith, Ollie Dunne and John Corkish in the Coill Dubh defence in a mean mood. The visitors were rewarded for their efforts in the second half when they got on the scoresheet following the awarding of a penalty by Referee Brendan Querney with seven minutes remaining which was converted by David Coyne to leave the final score at 3-1 to the home side. Best for the winners were Robbie Donnelly and Kevin Bradley while Ollie Dunne, Kevin Smith and Neill Whelan in goal were best for Coill Dubh.
Kildare Town AFC – Gary O Neill, Shane Daly, Mark O Reilly, Robbie Donnelly, David Hatfield, Kevin Bradley, John O Neill, Mark Byrne, Dominic Gleeson, Pio O Neill, Liam Carty, John Clarke, John Dillon, Peter Donnelly, Con O Heavey, Eamon Maher.
Coill Dubh AFC – Niall Whelan, Mark Smith, Ollie Dunne, John Corkish,Kevin Smith, Ciaran Swords, David Coyne, Darren O Shea, Ernie Price, Jim Bob Brereton,Noel Gill, Darren Johnson, Gareth Byrnes.
Referee – Brendan Querney.
Feature game – Evening Herald.
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Ballycane Cel/Sundays Well FC 1 Naas United FC 1
Ballycane Celtic/Sundays Well FC kept their CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division title dreams alive when they played out an exciting 1-1 draw against current champions and local rivals Naas United in front of one of the largest crowds witnessed at a KDFL League game on Wednesday evening last. In excess of 200 supporters were treated to a heart stopping 90 minutes of football at the glorious surrounding of Killashee House Hotel.
The home side came out of the block quickest and the inform Keelan Noone headed just over Damien McCormack’s crossbar after ten minutes following some creative work from Eamon McCormack. United begane to find their feet soon after this let off and Johnny Quinn was unlucky to see his effort well saved by home custodian Keith Higgins five minutes later.
The well deserved breakthrough for the home side came on the half hour when some fine passing movement involving Niall Herbert set up Eamon McCormack, he slid the ball smartly into the path of the ever present Keelan Noone who made no mistake from close in, giving McCormack no change, to put his side 1-0 up. The score remained the same to the break.
On the resumption the leaders where forced to make a change when their influential midfielder Mick Drewitt who had been calling the shots in the middle of the park had to retire due to injury resulting in a formation change for the home side also. This allowed the visitors to exert their dominance in the middle third and they enjoyed the loin’s share of possession for long periods. Naas started to push forward with ever increasing confidence but the home side weathered the storm with Kevin Higgins having a man of the match performance in the heart of the Ballycane defence. Indeed with ten minutes to go the home side had a glorious opportunity to double their advantage and possibly out the game beyond Naas but Dane Higgins was unlucky to see his effort well saved by visiting keeper McCormack.
With three minutes remaining on the clock Naas got a share of the spoils, no more than they deserved, when Niall Herbert was adjudged to have handled in the box and Referee Johnny Dwane pointed to the spot. Naas stalwart Mark Saunders stepped up to cooly slot home past the helpless Higgins to gain a very important point for Naas.
Best for the home side were Keith Higgins in goal, Kevin Higgins in defence, John Paul Higgins (until injured) and scorer Keelan Noone while for the visitors Damien McCormack in goal could not be faulted on his performance, and Mark Saunders were best.
Ballycane Celtic/Sundays Well FC; Keith Higgins, Kevin Higgins, Kevin Daly, Ciaran Fennell, John Paul Higgins, Michael Drewitt, Keelan Noone, Naoise Drewitt, Eamon McCormack, Niall Herbert, David Shore, Dane Higgins, Dean Loughran, Stephen Lackey, John Sullivan.
Naas United FC,; Damien McCormack, Jimi McGrath, Alan Crowe, David O Connell, Stephen Burke, Mick Ahern,Mark Saunders, Vernon Nolan, Wayne Doyle, Dean Fennessy, John Quinn, Sean Watson, Patrick Coady, Conor Coady,Paul Ometeso, Jamie Broughal, Eoin Giblin.
Referee ; John Dwane.
Feature game Evening Herald.
Joes Jewellers Masters Division 1
Athy Town AFC 1 Suncroft AFC 3
Masters Division midtable sideSuncroft AFC put a serious dent in Athy Town AFC’s tracks on Saturday when they came away with a hard earned three points following this workmanlike performance which saw them come home 3-1 victors. With table toppers Leixlip United idle, Athy Town missed the opportunity to overtake their rivals at the top of the Joe Jewellers Division 1 despite a late comeback.
This was an exciting game of football played at a very high tempo with both teams playing really good passing football.
Right from the start Suncroft applied the pressure on the home side and came out of the blocks firing on all cyinders. From the tip off Suncroft were getting a lot of joy down their left wing with a combination of Colin Christie, Wayne Darby and Darren Campbell linking up well to open up the Athy backline. The visitors were dominating possession in the early stages and were peppering the Athy backline with some nice crosses.
The visitors went 1-0 up from one of these crosses when Paddy Roche found himself just inside the Athy box in the 9th minute, his shot on goal was was handled by an Athy defender which led to a Suncroft Penalty. The penalty was coolly slotted away by the impressive John Paul Lee into the bottom left hand corner Axhamaul Namani’s net to put the visitors 1-0 up.
The croft continued to apply the pressure on Athy with right winger Donnchadh Woods causing the home side’s defence some heartache. From a John Paul Lee corner Wayne Darby was unlucky to see his header tipped over the bar by Namani. After 20 minutes Athy finally started getting some joy in the middle of the park and started to look threatening and soon after they looked like they might be through on goal but a combination of really good goalkeeping by Derek Meade and some resolute defending by Declan O'Connell and Bernard Eustace snuffed out the danger and Tommy Magee calmly cleared the lines.
Suncroft again got to grips with the game and played some very neat interchange football, substitute Keith Reddy received the ball to feet from midfielder Stephen Doyle and from 5 yards outside the box buried the ball into the bottom right hand corner leaving the home custodian no chance and sent the visitors in with a two nil advantage at the break.
Right from the start of the second half Athy upped the tempo and were determined to get themselves back into the game. The early exchanges were won by Athy with the Suncroft backline under a bit of pressure, but the backline stood firm and rendered the Athy attacks to long range efforts which Meade in the Suncroft goal ably dealth with. Suncroft worked their way back into the game and took full advantage and after a period of considerable pressure, Donnchadh Woods beat 2 players outside the Athy box and planted a right foot shot beyond Namani’s outstretched arms into the top left hand corne leaving Suncroft three goals to the good and cruising.
To Athy's credit they never gave up and despite the deficit they kept playing good pass and move football and after a slight mix up in the Suncroft area, Athy midfielder Ronan Mackey hit an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner beyond the despairing dive of Meade with 10 minutes remaining on the clock to leave the score at 4-1. Time ran out unfortunately for the home side and Suncroft came away with a well deserved victory. Best for the winners were Bernard Eustace, Wayne Darby, Darren Campbell, Donnchadh Woods and Man of the Match John Paul Lee. While best for the home side were Richie Moloney in defence, Ronan Mackey in midfield and Darren Donoghue up front.
Athy Town AFC- Axhamaul Namani, Edward Lawlor, Richie Moloney, Dermot Delaney, Christy Dunne, Mark Brophy, Gary Querney, Ronan Mackey, Johnny Quinn, Dave Persse, Darren Donoghue, Mark Bolger, Michael Roycroft, Sean Bolger.
Suncroft AFC – Derek Meade, Tommy MaGee, Colin Geraghty, Declan O Connell, Bernard Eustace, Stephen Doyle, Wayne Darby, John Paul Lee, Darren Campbell, Paddy Roche, Donnchadh Woods, Derek O Toole, Richie Reid, Keith Reddy, Alan Brosnan, Eugene Donovan.
Referee – G. Solan.
Feature game Leinster Leader
Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Moone Celtic 0 Kinnegad Juniors 0
Midtable Moone Celtic and Kinnegad Juniors both lost ground on the Hoey Spar Moorefield Leading pack of Straffan AFC, Dunlavin AFC, Galhoy FC and Maynooth Town when they played out a highly entertaining 0-0 draw at Fortfield Park on Saturday evening in glorious sunshine in front of a large crowd.
The home side started the brighter working the ball down both flanks well with Chris Heaslip on the right and Glenn Holmes on the left, both looking very menacing. Some good combination play between Heaslip and Emmet Daly on the right led to a near post cross after twenty minutes. Evan Kelly reacted quickest to redirect a volley to the back post however this shot was angled just too high. This was the closest either side came to scoring in the first half and proved to be the story of the game for Moone. Heaslip and Daly also worked a number of other opportunities well for themselves however visiting keeper Conor Briscoe was well placed to deal with any danger thrown at him.
The opening two minutes of the second half were where Moone will most regret not being more clinical in front of goal. Some strong attacking play from Vinny Dowling and Tomas Murphy led to rare opportunities for Moone beyond the rear-guard of Kinnegard however both Holmes and Kelly’s shots failed to hit the target in the 45th and 46th minute. The visitors were not without chances of their own and came close soon after when Glenn Gahan’s glancing header rattled Liam Goldrick’s crossbar and was cleared to safety by the home defence.
Defences regained the upper hand on the attacks of both sides from that point with two final exceptions for Moone Celtic when Vinny Dowling put Glenn Holmes through on 74th minutes but while again creating the opportunity well the finish could not be applied on this occasion either. By far Kinnegad’s best opportunity came in the late closing stages when another Gahan shot struck the right hand post and following a goal mouth scramble Moone’s keeper Liam Goldrick did well to smother the loose ball.
The home side who are newly promoted to this division will feel that with better finishing they may have come away with the full points however with some experienced players missing on the day their ambition of a third successive promotion under Jimmy Brennan’s leadership remains a possibility if they can maximise results from their games in hand. Kinnegad will be happy to gain this valuable away point, to make it 10 points from a possible 12, in the Fortress that is Fortfield Park. Best for the home side were Goldrick in goals, Glenn Holmes and Vinny Dowling, while for the visitors Briscoe in goal could not be faulted.
Moone Celtic – Liam Goldrick, Larry Wall, Enda Broderick, Sam Sheridan, Mark Mallon, Vinny Dowling, Glenn Holmes, Chris Heaslip, Evan Kelly, Emmet Daly, Tomas Murphy, Paul Dowling, John Browne, David Byrne, David O Shea, Anthony Hegarty, Karl Hegarty, Kevin Anthony.
Kinnegad Juniors – Conor Briscoe, Mark Cox, Aaron Davey, Paddy Corless, Dean Butler, Mark Greville, Danny Mooney, Stephen Pepper, Glenn Gahan, Conor Gahan, Jamie Flood, Seamus Curran, Evan Dowling, Matthew Davey, David Fletcher.
Official – S. Comerford.
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Feature Game – Evening Herald
So-Fresh Entertainment Womens Division 1
Naas AFC 0 Kildare Town AFC 4
Last season’s Division 1 runners up Kildare Town AFC overcame Naas AFC with ease on Monday last by four goals to nil, to claim their first victory of the 2015 campaign.
Straight from the tip off the Rathbride road women made their intentions known when the youthful Niamh Mulhall put them 1-0 up. The home side were finding it hard to contain Kildare Town with Michelle Gogarty calling the shots in midfield and indeed had a 20th minute effort well saved by Nikki Behan in the home goal. On the half hour Mulhall had a chance to double the visitors advantage but she found Behan equal to her well struck effort.
Naas began to settle and seven minutes from the break had their first real chance on goal from Monica Frutos but Carina O Hara in the visiting goal did well to dive neatly and snuff out the danger and Kildare went in at the break defending their slender one goal advantage.
On the resumption the home side piled the pressure on the leaders straight from the whistle but the Kildare women always looked dangerous on the break with Niamh Mulhall and Lea Ronan linking well to create some half chances. At the other end Monica Frutos was causing all kinds of problems for the Town defence but Ber Coffey, Jackie Kelly and Sam Ronan held firm to keep Naas at bay.
On the hour Kildare Manager Amy Phelan brought on the experienced Aileen Whelehan and she made an impact from the off when a great ball over the top set up Michelle ‘Laffy’ Gogarty but she was unlucky to see her effort just wide of Behan’s right post.
Kildare were starting to exert the pressure and midway through the half doubled their advantage when substitute Whelehan finished neatly having been set up by the impressive Mulhall. The leaders introduced Rachel Gabbot with fifteen minutes remaining and she added a third following some great interchanging between Sam Ronan and Michelle Gogarty to make it 3-0.
Kildare were in the driving seat now and added a fourth with five minutes remaining when Niamh Mulhall scored her second of the game. Best for the winners were Sam Ronan in defence, Michelle Gogarty in midfield and Niamh Mulhall up front. While for Naas keeper Nikki Behan, Laura Cusack in midfield and Monica Frutos up front tried hardest.
Naas AFC- Nikki Behan, Sarah Shore, Aileen Kane, Orla McSweeney,Denise Gahan, laura Cusack, Orlaith White, Ella Fitzgerald, Lisa Roberts, Eimear Denehan, Johanna Cooke, Sarah O Reilly, Laura Hunter, Monica Ge De Marina Frutos, Rebecca Devlin.
Kildare Town AFC-Corrina O Hara, Ber Coffey, Jackie Kelly, Samantha Ronan, Maura Cochrane, Shauna Kendrick, Emma Furlong, Mairead Whelehan, Michelle Gogarty, Niamh Mulhall, Lea Ronan, Lorraine Cross, Aileen Whelehan, Rachel Gabbett, Donna Hickey, Amy Phelan.
Official – Peter Donoghue.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
Hill Electrical Division 3
Clane United FC 3 Kilcullen AFC 4
Kilcullen AFC remain in joint second place in the Hill Electrical Division 3 league courtesy of this hard fought 4-3 victory over a determined Clane United third string at Doctors road on Sunday. The eventual winners are sitting pretty now in second place alongside Caragh Celtic, albeit with a game in hand, both sides just three points off leaders Johnstown United.
The home side started the brighter on went one nil up after five minutes. A quick break and through ball allowed Ivan Tonra through and he neatly put the ball past visiting keeper Jason Maloney. This early set back shook Kilcullen up and they got on top of the play. After 15 mins a fine pass by the energetic and hardworking Andy Hannigan allowed Adam Colton who cooly slot past Clane custodian Paddy Foster. Kilcullen stayed on top and pressed home their advantage with a great strike from 25 yards by Brad Davis after 20mins. The visitors continued to work hard and press for a third in what was a keenly fought first half and made it 3-1 with another Adam Colton strike just before halftime after some great work on the left and cross by Jordan Hodgins who along with Mick Williams on the right side tormented the Clane defence of Ciaran Dunne, Steve Corrigan and Dave Merriman. The half finished with the visitors deservedly leading 3-1.
The half time break did Clane the world of good and it was a different game in the second half. The home side worked hard and reorganised and became a lot more resilient. Their efforts were rewarded after a header from a corner by Conor Kelly on the 70th minute. The visitors reacted quickly and powered forward and were rewarded with a penalty slotted home by Adam Colton five minutes later for him to complete his hat trick to make it 4-2. Clane however didn't give up and piled forward and were rewarded with a goal from a cross which was put into his own net by the unlucky Niall Redmond who had just come on seconds earlier. It was too little too late however and Kilcullen held out for a slender win. Best for the winners were hat trick hero Adam Colton, Ross Jacob and Daire Noone while for Clane Niall Deane, Conor Kelly and Paddy Foster in goal were best.
Clane United FC – Paddy Foster, Ciaran Dunne, Steve Corrigan, Dave Merriman,Conor Gibbons, Conor Kelly, Dave O Leary, Niall Walsh, Ivan Tonra, Niall Deane, Joe Reynolds, Barry Dillon, Memmet Ayedin, Ian Fitzgerald.
Kilcullen AFC – Jason Maloney, Conor O Sullivan, Ross Jacob, Daire Noone, Paul Maher, Ger Shanaghan, Mick Williams, Brad Davis, Adam Colton, Andy Hannigan, Jordan Hodgins, Luke Dowling, Adrian Carroll, Conor Hammond, Vinny Jacob, Artan Mifiki, Alan Sheridan, Niall Redmond.
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Lumsden League Cup 2015 Round 1 draw
ROUND 1 DRAW (Below)
WITH 3 BYES TO GO INTO ROUND 2 DRAW - WHICH WILL INCLUDE 21 CLUBS FROM THE SENIOR AND PREMIER DIVISIONS MAKING A TOTAL OF 32 IN THE SECOND ROUND PROPER.
The Round 1 draw was made this evening at the KDFL May Council Meeting at the Keadeen Hotel Newbridge by Denis Collins of Liffey Celtic and Joe Adibekov of Monread FC.
Date for Round 1 games to be confirmed (Provisionally mid June)
Feature Game - Evening Herald.
Countrywide Forklift Training Womens Division 2
Clane United FC 1 Rathangan AFC 1
A draw was a fair result in this Countrywide Forklift Training Womens Division 2 tie on a dry but very windy Monday last evening at Doctors road Clane which sees both sides earn their first points of the season. Clane United making Club and League history as they fielded for the very first time a Women Team following great work by their committee over the past few months.
Rathangan with the wind in their backs started the brighter and put Newbies’ Clane under pressure from the tip off and after five minutes the home side conceded a free kick 40 yards from goal which was taken by Rathangan’s Linda Gorry however her well take effort was expertly dealt with by Clane netminder Hannah Murphy in a crowded penalty area. A slightly nervous Clane were having trouble clearing their lines and after early chances from Claire Breen , Chantal Weldon and Emma O’Byrne Rathangan eventually went ahead midway through the half when player of the match and KDFL Representative squad member Lauren Griffin beat the home rearguard of Jenny Gibbons, Amy Rodgers and Carole Campion for pace down the left and cutting in on her right foot to fire past the stranded Murphy in the home goal to put the visitors 1-0 up. Indeed Rathangan could have extended their lead soon after through Lauren Griffin again and Emma O Byrne but the final touch eluded them.
Clane began to settled after this deficit and took the game to the leaders with chances through Molly Mason and Jenny Gibbons but they found Rosie Walker in the visiting goal in top form bringing off some fine saves to keep her side in it going into the break defending their slender 1-0 lead.
Clane continued as they left off on the restart and attacked from the off as they grew in confidence with both Mason and Gibbons testing Rathangan’s resolve once more. Rathangan upped their game and began to win the battle in midfield again with Claire Breen and Leighanne Mulligan calling the shots and setting up some half chances for striker Naomi Sheilds. However Clane kept up their improved performance and had a glorious chance to equalise on seventy minutes through Sarah McNeill but visiting defender Kellie Dowler was on hand to clear the danger. However ten minutes later the home side got the deserved equaliser when a well taken corner by the impressive McNeill found its way directly to Rosie Walker’s net via Rathangan’s Lauren Girrfin’s head to make it 1-1. The score remained the same to the final whistle as both sides had given their all and were happy with a share of the spoils. Best for the home side in an all round team performance were Sarah McNeill, Amy Rodgers and Jenny Gibbons while for the visitors Rosie Walker in goal, Claire Breen in midfield and Griffin up front were best.
Clane United FC. Hannah Murphy, Jenny Gibbons, Amy Rodgers, Carole Campion, Maeve Healy, Lauren O Flaherty, Sarah McNeill, Rachel Sweeney, Molly Mason, Sandra Crowley, Joanne Burns, Katie Brennan, Trish Agnew.
Rathangan AFC. Rosie Walker, Emily Gilligan, Amanda Farrelly, Linda Gorry, Kellie Dowler, Claire Breen, Leighanne Mulligan, Lauren Griffin, Chantelle Weldon, Naomi Shields, Rachel Conlon, Emma O Byrne.
Official. J. Bracknell.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Caragh Celtic 1 Woodstock Celts 0
A 85th min strike from 2014 KDFL Premier Player of the Year Stephen "Sir Reggie" Riordan claimed all three points for newcomers Caragh Celtic in this very entertaining game at Sharpe Park on Sunday morning to give them their first victory of the 2015 campaign. The opening half was a very tight and tense affair against unbeaten Woodstock Celts and a Caragh side looking for their first win of the 2015 campaign. A strong, blustery breeze favoured the home side in the first half and Caragh were unlucky not to take the lead on 25 minutes when a great volley by Darren Heavey just skimmed the outside of Michael Lawless’s right post. Caragh were forced into a change on the half hour when Tony Farrell had to retire with an injury and he was replaced by John Jennings. Woodstock ended the half the stronger side as some great work down the right created an opening for Gary Walshe but home custodian Robbie Hannon was equal to his effort.
It was more of the same in the second half as the visitors started to play the play around and only for some great defensive stops by Caragh's Centre halves Alan Campbell and Billy Martin and some fine fielding by Hannon in goals kept the scoreline all square. With fifteen minutes remaining Riordan had a great chance inside the box but his shot struck the crossbar and two minutes later sub Jennings skewed his shot just wide. With ten minutes to go the visitors had a free header but luckily it was straight at Hannon.
The home side stole all three points with just five minutes remaining on the clock following some great team work and quick passes, Jennings initially lost the ball in midfield but put in a great tackle to win the ball back and played it to Brian Nolan who slipped a great pass thru to Riordan and Sir Reggie wasn't going to miss second time round, placing the ball low to Lawless’s left and using the butt of the post to nestle the ball into the far bottom corner, sending the home sideline into raptures. Woodstock had some chances near the end but again disciplined defending from Daithi Ivers and Paul Foley kept them at bay.
Moments later, Ref Ger McNally, making his senior Division debut blew the final whistle, giving the Senior newbies the all important three points. Best for the winners were Hannon in goals, the back four of Ivers, Campbell, Martin and Foley and Jonny Igoe in Midfield while for Woodstock Sean Byrne and Ross Leonard were best.
Caragh Celtic. Robbie Hannon, Paul Foley, Tony Farrell, Alan Campbell, Billy Martin, Daiti Ivers, Darren Heavey, Johnny Igoe, Stephen Riordan, Brian Nolan, Dean Heavey, John Jennings, Eoin Keaveney, Carl Mooney, Calvin O Toole, Gareth Byrne.
Woodstock Celts. Michael Lawless, Ryan Leonard, Jonathan Fennell, James Lammon, Andrew Leonard, Ross Leonard, Martin Brennan, Sean Byrne, Craig Dunphy, Gary Walshe, Jimmy Fennell, Stephen Donovan, Gary Foley, Ricky Moriarty, Tommy Connell, Ryan Leonard,
Official. Ger McNally
Leinster Football Association Over 35 Cup Final.
Kildare Town AFC 0 Mellowes BDS 3
Mellowes BDS proved too strong for the Kildare League’s Kildare Town AFC as they went down 3-0 to this very slick AUL Major side on Saturday last at a packed Station road. In dreadful weather conditions it was Mellowes who were crowned champions following a solid team performance and presented with the Cup by LFA President Barney Blood.
Mellowes BDS were on top straight from the kick off as they forced Kildare to defend three early corners. The Rathbride Road men had their first attack moments later, when Francis Foran did well down the right to set up Robert O'Neill who forced the Mellowes keeper John Hynes to save well. Kildare netminder Seany Drea was forced into a good save on five minutes when Mellowes Stewart Kelly found himself in on goal. The same player had a half chance just two minutes later but this time his shot flew over the bar as the Dublin side settled the better.
Kildare had a great chance to open the scoring on fifteen minutes when a Robert O'Neill’s cross almost met with a diving head of Dwayne Feane, but the ball went wide of the goalmouth. The game settled and Francis Foran and Robert O'Neill looked to be stand out players for Kildare but Mellowes were proving the stronger as Donacha Friel was patrolling the defence and Mark Pollard looked lively on the ball setting up frontmen Kelly, Tommy Dolan and Paul McGee who were proving a handful. However Kildare Town were not without their chances and hit back with an attack of their own on the half hour as Foran once again broke away down the right, but again his cross found no way past a well organised defence.
The Dublin side finally broke the deadlock on 38 minutes while on a counter attack Pollard linked with Kelly who unselfishly squared the ball for Paul McGee, who slotted past a flat footed Seany Drea from 10 yards out to give his side a slender 1-0 lead going into the break.
Kildare Town were then hit with a sucker punch on the resumption as Paul McGee intercepted a back pass to Kildare's Anthony Kinsella before playing Tommy Dolan in on goal and his scuffed shot just about had enough on it to cross the line despite the efforts of Kildare's captain Kieth Burns to clear putting the AUL side 2-0 up after only one minute of the second half. Mellowes were growing in confidence now and added a third through Noel Ankers late on. Kildare did their very best to try to pull a goal back but could find no way past a solid Mellowes defence well marshalled by man of the match Donacgha Friel who's side stood strong and held out to become 2015 Leinster Football Association Over 35 Cup Champions. Kildare Town now look to their domestic campaign as they are set to defend their double winning status.
1.Sean Drea, 2.Anthony Kinsella, 3.Kieth Burns (c), 4.John Phelan, 5.Robbie Donnelly, 6.Noel Dowling, 7.Martin McEvoy, 8.Robbie O'Niell, 9.Fracas Foran, 10.Sean Francis, 11.Dwain Feane, 12. Justin Gleeson, 13.Justin Gleeson, 14.Shane Daly, 15.Jason Kane, 16.Anthony Murray
1.John Hynes, 2.Jason Kelly, 3. Declan Geoghan, 4. Gary Sliney, 5. Donacgha Friel, 6.Graham Donnelly, 7.Mark Pollard, 8.Kieth Bruen (c), 9. Stewart Kelly, 10.Tommy Dolan, 11.Paul McGee, 12. Anthony Sommers, 13. Christopher McGlue, 14.Noel Ankers, 15.David Hannah, 16. Martin Bradshaw.
Officials ; Mark Hogan, Nicholas Boland, Anthony Tobin, John Diskin.
Feature Game - Leinster Leader
So-Fresh Entertainment Womens Division 1
Kilcullen AFC 0 Portlaoise AFC 1
Newly promoted Portlaoise AFC sent out a warning shot to all the Division 1 hopefuls as they overcame 2014 double winning champions Kilcullen AFC on their home turf on Monday last. A single second half strike from 2014 KDFL Div 2 Player of the Year Colleen Rickard was all that separated the sides and enough to see Portlaoise pick up their first and very important three points of the season in this very entertaining game played in dreadful weather conditions at the Community grounds.
Both teams started strong to make their mark on the game and it was the Division 1 newbies Portlaoise who edge the battle with early chances from Mo Nerney and the impressive Jenny Conroy. After five minutes Nerney dribbled her way through the home defence and shot from distance only to see her effort slice the top post. Another chance came shortly afterwards when Nicole Kelly played in Colleen Rickard on the right wing who again with some fancy foot work made her way into the home sides box only to see her shot well saved by the Kilcullen keeper Tracey Turner who was standing in for regular netminder Jayne Peacocke.
From this effort, Kilcullen went on their own counter attack which saw Ciara Pembroke fouled just outside the box where accomplished free taker Sinead McBride stepped up to take the free resulting in a fine save by Portlaoise keeper Natalia Cierpisz. The alert Cierpisz spotted striker Eleanor Merriman free and sent a kick out from distance to her which Merriman took down with ease to her feet, spotting Nerney again on her left she laid a well-timed pass to her striking partner who lobbed the attacking Kilcullen keeper again just missing the target. This brought an end to the first half and both sides went in as they bagan.
With weather conditions worsening, the sleet and windy conditions didn’t seem to upset either side at the resumption of the second half. Both teams came out with determination with box to box end play however, within fifteen minutes of the restart Portlaoise went 1-0 up through a beautiful ball from across the field by Catherine Delaney on the left wing that was taken down by Rickard and slotted home past the Kilcullen keeper Turner. This seemed to gain a reaction from the Kilcullen side which saw them pile on the pressure on Portlaoise however, Kilcullen failed to get a shot on target in the second half despite the best efforts of Ciara Pembroke and Sinead McBride as a result of some outstanding defensive work and organisation by centre backs Bernie Bowe and Aisling Kehoe. With Kilcullen piling on the pressure Bernie Bowe played a sneaky ball to her midfielder Nicole Kelly who went on a counter attack and was unlucky not to hit the target.
Portlaoise held out comfortably until 3 minutes into time added on when a free was given just outside the box. McBride again stood up to take the free kick clearing the wall and again the ever reliable Cierpisz saved. This was to bring to an end what was a fine display by the Portlaoise side having only been promoted to the first division and also missing three of their regular starters due to injury Best for the winners were Natalia Cierpisz, Jenny Conroy, Nicole Kelly, Mo Nerney and Bernie Bowe. While Clare Kelly, Ciara Pembroke and Aoife Whelan were best for an under-strength Kilcullen side.
Kilcullen – Tracey Turner, Chare Kelly, Aoife Whelan, Joanne Kelly, Yvonne Schewer, Brenda Murphy, Claire Kelly, Sinead McBride, Jessica Turner, Mel Morey, Ciara Pembroke, Andrea Maram, Amy Moran, Sara Murphy, Marian Alcock, Jayne Peacocke.
Portlaoise AFC – Natalie Cierpisz, Maria Keane, Bernie Bowe, Aisling Keogh, Avril Westman,Nicola Kelly, Colleen Rickard, Jenny Conroy, Mo Nerney, Catherine Delaney, Eleanore Merriman, Aoife Brennan,Aisling Fitzpatrick, Tanya Delaney, Bernie Kelly.
Official – J. Bracknell.
Feature Game (Evening Herald)
Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Naas United FC 0 Kingstown FC 1
Kingstown consolidated their Hoey Spar Moorefield Div 1 midtable position with this hard fought 1-0 away victory over near neighbours and newly promoted Naas United FC on Sunday. A 5th minute individual effort from Kevin Lyne was enough for the ‘Town to secure all three points in what was a highly charged but sporting local derby.
The eventual winners started well and took the lead after five minutes when a long kick out from visiting keeper Brian O Sullivan caught the Naas defence napping and Kevin Lyne took control of the ball and made no mistake when one on one with Naas keeper Ronan Coady to put his side 1-0 up.
Kingstown with their tails up continued to dominate the game with Dave Saunders controlling matters in midfield and setting some nice touches up for the dangerous Lyne who was causing all kinds of problems for the home defence. However Naas held firm as keeper Coady made some crucial interceptions.
Midway through the half Naas started to get a foothold on the game and could have drawn level after 25 minutes but Alex Dunne’s free kick was just inches wide of O Sullivan’s post and two minutes later Andrew Sheridan was unlucky to see his headed effort just over following some good interchanges between Ross McMahon and Stephen Quinn. Kingstown weathered the storm with some fine defensive work from William DeSilva and Noel Byrne to see their side go in defending a slender 1-0 lead at the break.
Naas continued to apply pressure on the visitors on the resumption and may have equalised after five minutes but Kingstown keeper Brian O Sullivan was equal to Dylan coady’s fine effort. Disaster struck for the leaders ten minutes later as their influential midfielder Dave Saunders was dismissed for a second bookable offence. The visitors rallied and kept proceedings tight as they struggled at times to deal with the Naas onslaught but the home side found Kingstown keeper Brian O Sullivan in inspired form as he dug deep to make several saves to keep his side in the game, including an excellent double save from an Andrew Sheridan effort.
The heroics of O Sullivan spurred his side on and they could have very well doubled their advantage midway through the half when the pacy Kevin Lyne found himself in space but Naas Keeper Coady advanced well to snuff out the danger. Two minutes later they tested Coady again through a long range effort from Bogdan Stef. The home side lost their numerical advantage fifteen minutes from time when Alan Burke received his marching order for a second yellow and the game fizzled out to see Kingstown deservedly take all three points. Best for the winners were Noel P Byrne, William DeSilva, Antoine McKenna, Luke Cassidy and Man of the match keeper O Sullivan. While for Naas Utd Alan Sheridan and Ronan Coady were best.
Naas United FC. Ronan Coady, Stephen Quinn, Liam Walsh, Alex Dunne, Kevin Moynihan, Alan Burke, Declan Coady, Ross Hazzard, Ross McMahon, Andrew Sheridan, Dylan Coady, Morgan McNamara, Lucas Sarnot, Alan Coady, Jamie Boyd, Jamie Curran, Ciaran O Regan,Ronan Rafferty.
Kingstown FC. Brian O Sullivan, Cormac Finnegan,Glenn Barron, Noel P Byrne, William DeSilva, Anoine McKenna, Emmet Curran, Luke Cassidy, Kevin Lyne, Dave Saunders, Bogdan Stef, John O Rourke, Alan Cusack, Ruiri O Connor, Stephen Barron, Ian Cox, Kevin Morris.
Official. Eric McCann.
Feature Game (Leinster Leader)
Hill Electrical Division 3
Caragh Celtic FC 7 Kildare Town AFC 1
(CARAGH CELTIC IN 7TH HEAVEN !)
Hill Electric Division 3 newbies Caragh Celtic FC ran out convincing 7-1 victors over Kildare Town’s third string in this highly entertaining tie at a sunsoacked Donore on Sunday . Played in ideal conditions on a match perfect pitch, Caragh had the better of the early exchanges as John Jennings, Brian Nolan and Jimmy Swords went close. For all their possession it took Caragh half an hour before finally opening the scoring when good combined play between John Byrne and Eoin Keaveney on the right freed John Jennings on the left and he made no mistake with a close in shot giving Kildare keeper Martin Barber no chance. Kildare were reduced to 10 men five minutes from the break and this was to have a major impact on the game after the restart.
Caragh took advantage of the extra man as the second half commenced and it wasn’t long before they registered another score. Indeed they found themselves 3-0 up after five minutes when Jennings added his and his side’s second following a fantastic through ball from Mark O Brien and one minute later Veteran Brian Nolan scored from an inswinging free kick to leave Kildare with a mountain to climb.
The home side made some changes with the luxury of a three goal lead and they game became somewhat disjointed for the next twenty minutes, until they finally added a fourth when Nolan added his second. Caragh's 2 second half subs Mark Concannon and Damien Behan combined brilliantly for Concannon to score the easiest of tap ins to make it 5-0 in the 70th minute and seven minutes later some great work from man of match Nolan set up Concannon again for another goal line tap in. To their credit, Kildare never gave up and pulled a goal with ten minutes remaining when a speculative 30 yard shot from Ricky Moore just dipped under the crossbar of Calvin O'Toole's goal to make it 6-1.
With Kildare now playing for pride, they were awarded an 83rd penalty but Calvin "The Monk" O Toole in the Caragh goal guessed correctly and pulled off a great save from Gary Dalys’ spot kick to keep the score line at 6-1. With the final attack of the match, some more great interplay between Behan and Concannon, set up the latter for his 2nd half hat-trick and the large home support were treated to an 8th goal.
Best for Caragh Celtic on a very pleasing morning for Manager's Eamon Sharpe and Mick Keaveney were O'Toole in Goals, Paul Dunne in defense, O'Brien and Keaveney in midfield and the very impressive duo of Jennings and Nolan up top while Ricky Moore, Rob O Mahony, Eddie Cullagh and Matty Doherty tried hardest for an out of sorts Kildare.
Caragh Celtic FC. Calvin O Toole, Paul Dunne, Eoin Harte, Roy Pearson, James O Brien, Mark O Brien, Eoin Keaveney, Jimmy Swords, John Jennings, Brian Nolan, John Byrne, Adrian Delmer, Mark Concannon, Damien Kenna, Kyle O Rourke, Pat Fitzharris.
Kildare Town AFC. Martin Barber, Rob O Mahony, Eddie Cullagh, Ken Kirwan, Graham Marum, Ricky Moore, Liam Carty, Gary Daly, Luke Byrne, Noel Walsh,Matty Doherty, Brendan Mc Donald.
Official. Gerry Solan.
LEINSTER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OVER 35 CUP FINAL (PREVIEW)
Kildare Town AFC will make KDFL history next Saturday when they take to the field at Station road Newbridge for the Leinster Football Association Over 35 Cup Final becoming the first Kildare League team to contest this competition Final since its inception.
Kildare of course no strangers to Provincial Silverwear as they became the first ever Kildare League Club to win a Leinster title when they overcame Usher Celtic in 1998 to win the LFA Junior Cup, in the very same stadium. They will of course be hoping to emulate such victory on Saturday.
The road to the final wasn’t easy for the Rathbride veterans as they had to along the way overcome last year’s Finalists Burrin Celtic of Carlow among others. The competition commenced at the end of last year when they received a bye into the last 32 where they met last year’s silver medallists Burrin Celtic, The Carlow League side had knocked Kildare out in the Quarter finals of the 13/14 competition and Kildare were not about to roll over this time. First half goals from Francis Foran and Athony Murray gave Kildare a two goal cushion going into the break but Burrin came back into the game to reduce the deficit to 2-1 until a bit of Foran magic made it 3-1 to the home side and Kildare went on to endure some nervous moments as Burrin won and converted a penalty in the dying minutes. However Kildare held out to progress to round 3 on a slender 3-2 scoreline.
Next up were Drumcondra FC in the last 16. Kildare made the trip to Dublin and had to endure some early pressure from the home side before coming out convincing winners on a scoreline of 6-2 courtesy of goals from Dwayne Feane (2) Robert O Neill (2) and one a piece from Francis Foran and Sean Francis.
A quarter final spot now beckoned and Kildare with their tails up following the enormity of the victory over Drumcondra took on another top Dublin side in Sacred Heart. A Robert ‘Hopper’ O Neill hat trick and one from Keith Burns was enough to seal victory and Kildare progressed on a 4-1 scoreline.
The Semi final was probably their best display to date in the competition as they took on another Dublin side East Wall Bessborough who fielded several Republic of Ireland Masters players. The game played at Rathbride road in front of a large home crowd was most entertaining and somewhat nervously contested at times. An early Sean Francis goal did nothing to settle the nerves as both sides were evenly contested with very little between them. However an excellent free kick in the second half by the ever present Francis ‘Fracas’ Foran was just about enough to see Kildare through to the final whistle. Their opposition on Saturday are Mellowes BDS of the AUL (Dublin) With the game scheduled for Newbridge this will most certainly be like a home game for the boys and both the Club and League will be hoping that all KDFL teams get behind Kildare now in their quest for Provincial glory. Kick off at Station road is 2.00pm with an admission fee of €5 per adult.
In recognition of their achievement the KDFL have given a free Saturday to the teams in both their masters Divisions and are urging them to attend and lend their support to Kildare Town.
Feature Game (Evening Herald)
Aermax Premier Division
Newtown Rovers FC 1 Bridgewood Celtic FC 4
Bridgewood Celtic cruised to the top of the Aermax premier Division on Sunday when they easily overcame an out of sorts Newtown Rovers at Keegan Park on a scoreline of 4-1. A hatrick from man of the match Joe Kavanagh and one from John Sullivan was enough to seal victory for the Robertstown side as they strive for their return to the top flight.
Despite the dreadful weather overnight the game started at a blistering pace with Bridgewood making all the running. The visitors went one nil up after ten minutes when some good attacking play saw Kavanagh rise highest in the box to head home past Gary Loakman in the home goal for his first of the day. Some good individual work ten minutes later saw Kavanagh score his and his side’s second to put Bridgewood 2-0 up after twenty minutes.
Newtown Rovers eventually found the boots and began to exert their authority with Stephen Murray and Gary Carroll causing problems from the Robertstown rearguard of Tom Dunne, Mark Gill and Gary Hunt, however the defence did enough to leave their side going into the break defending their 2-0 lead.
The Rovers side were more determined after the break having ended the half on a high and continued to pressurise the visitors and fifteen minutes in won a penalty which Keith Powell dispatched neatly past Dessie Palmer in the Bridgewood goal to put the minimum between the sides.
The visitors rallied after this and five minutes later restored their two goal advantage when the impressive John Sullivan struck from outside the box to make it 3-1. This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Rovers and the visitors went on to make it 4-1 with minutes remaining when Man of the match Joe Kavanagh completed his hatrick to complete this convincing win.
Best for the winners were Gary Hunt and Tom Dunne in defence in what was an all round team performance from the Robertstown men, while for Rovers who now will have to go back to the drawing board, Neil Howe, Stephen Murray and Gary Carroll tried hardest.
Newtown Rovers ; Gary Loakman, Shane O Rourke, Sean Daly,Neil Howe, Mauraice Moran, Neil Sourke, John O Connell,Eric Howe, Keith Powell,Gary Carroll, Stephen Murray,Dylan Sage, Jay McDonagh, Kevin Hannify, David Stanford,Stephen Doyle.
Bridgewood Celtic; Dessie Palmer, Tom Dunne, Mark Gill, Gary Hunt,Henry Reidy, Joe Kavanagh,David Percival, Kenneth Ennis,John Sullivan, Adrian McNamee,Tony Hedderman, Conor Stynes,Kevin Carty, Jason Ryan,Pat Behan.
Official ; P. Donnelly.
Feature Game (Leinster Leader)
Aermax Premier Division
Newbridge FC 2 Suncroft AFC 3
Suncroft AFC got their 2015 Aermax Premier Division campaign off to a flying start after their first two league games had been postponed due to the inclement weather conditions when they got the better of relegated Senior side Newbridge FC in this five goal thriller at Station road on Sunday. Two second half goals from substitute Peter McDonald and an injury time winner from Aaron McDonald was enough to see the Suncroft side steal all three points.
The home side started well with some good play from Barry O Shea and Kieran Morris after eighteen minutes which saw Barry Doyle head just wide of ‘Croft keeper Ciaran Kilally’s right post. Ten minutes later Morris went close himself for Newbridge but was denied by a fine save from visiting Kilally. Suncroft came more into the game as the first half progressed with Eddie and Aaron McDonald creating some half chances and Shane Bennett was also unlucky for the Croft side when he went agonisingly close on the half hour but Richie Kelly was on hand for the Newbridge side to clear off the line. The sides remained scoreless to the break.
The game sprung to life in the second half when the visitors registered their first goal after eight minutes. Following an inspired substitution by Management team Richie Reid and Neil barnby saw them introduce Peter McDonald and with his first touch of the ball slotted home past James Quinn in the Newbridge goal following some good approach work by Paddy Ryan to put the visitors 1-0 up.
However the home side were not to be outdone and five minutes later they were on level terms when Barry O’Shea’s well taken corner was only half cleared by the croft defence and Daniel Harrington was on hand at the edge of the area to rifle home to level for his side.
Midway through the half Suncroft regained the advantage when super sub Peter McDonald got his and his side’s second when he fired home from close range giving Quinn no chance in the home goal to put the visitors 2-1 up. Newbridge again drew level five minutes later when Paul Scanlon found Harrington unmarked twenty yards out. He drilled the ball across the danger area and Barry Doyle was on hand to tap home past the outstretched Kilally to level the score for the second time in the game. The visitors were not finished however and stole all three points in time added on when the impressive Aaron McDonald fired home to make it 3-2 with time almost up. Best for the winners were keeper Ciaran Kilally, Patrick Ryan, Peter McDonald, James Lanigan, Aaron Finn and man of the match Aaron McDonald while best for Newbridge in what was a much improved performance on their previous outing were Eoin Walsh, Barry Doyle, Barry O Shea, Kieran Morris and Daniel Harrington.
Newbridge FC : James Quinn, Paul Scanlon, Richie Kelly, Paul Sherlock, Jake Kemmy, Eoin Walsh, Kieran Morris, Alex McGuire, Barry Doyle, Barry O Shea, James O Connor, Corey McNamara, Gary Murray, Daniel Harrington,James Kennedy, Philip Shiels.
Suncroft AFC : Ciaran Kilally, Stuart Hanley, James Lanigan, Mickey O Toole, Aaron Finn, Declan Hanley, Aaron McDonald, Eddie McDonald, Paddy Ryan, Ryan Burke, Shane Bennett, Peter McDonald, Shane Hanley, Davey Roebottom, Dave O Shea, Ricky Flemming, Bernard Murray.
Official ; S.Sage
LEINSTER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OVER 35 CUP FINAL
Congratulations to Kildare Town AFC who have qualified for the Final of the Leinster Football Association Over 35 Cup. It is seventeen years since the Club have lifted LFA Silverwear, having won the LFA Junior Cup back in 1997/8. Many of the team from that final are on the panel for this Cup Final. In recognition and support of their achievement the League will be giving a free Saturday to all Masters Teams (both Divisions) in an attempt to get as many people behind the team as possible. So if you are at a loose end on the day we suggest you get yourself to Newbridge to witness what surely will be a very exciting encounter. They take on top Dublin side Mellowes BDS on Saturday 2nd May at Station road Newbridge with a 2.00pm kick off. Admission is €5 per adult with children free. Best of luck to the boys from all of us.
Feature game - Leinster Leader
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division.
Eleson United 1 Liffey Celtic 3
Liffey Celtic join Ballycane/Sundays Well FC at the top of the CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division when they recorded their second victory in succession, to get a superb start to their 2015 campaign, when they overcame Eleson United by 3-1 in a hard fought game at Allen on Sunday.
An understrenght Liffey Celtic started well and had more of the ball and could have taken the lead as early as the tenth minute when Darragh Kelly found himself in front of an open goal but shot wide when it seemed easier to score. This was somewhat of a wake up call for the home side, who were still in search of their first win in the 2015 campaign, and they began to stake their claim on proceedings with both Ciaran and Wayne Bowers creating some headaches for the Liffey rearguard of Gavin O Brien, Graham McCormack, Keith O Riordan and Thomas McDonagh. However the Liffey defence held firm to keep the Eleson threat at bay.
Midway through the half Liffey began again to get a foothold on the game and Daragh Kelly made amends for his previous faux pas by putting the visitors in front with a well taken individual effort. Liffey were well in control at this stage leaving their netminder Kevin McDonnell with little to do. Liffey doubled their advantage following a sustained period of pressure just before the interval when Keith O Riordan rose highest in the area to head home following a well taken corner to leave his side 2-0 up going into the break.
The Mark Musgrave managed home side made two half time changes when they introduced Shane Buckley and Martin Myles in an attempt to get a grip on the game but Liffey closed ranked and weathered the storm with McDonnell also making some very important interceptions in the visiting goal. Liffey went further ahead on 70 minutes when Dan Connolly made it 3-0 following a cracking free kick leaving the home side with a mountain to climb. To their credit they never gave up and five minutes later did get one back through the hardworking Kevin Harris. However it was too little to late for the Lumsden Cup Holders and Liffey went on to record a very important three points.
Best for the winners were keeper McDonnell, Darren Kilby, Darragh Kelly and Keith O Riordan. While for Eleson Charlie Swords, Shane Buckley and Kevin Harris tried hardest.
Eleson United ; Mark Curran, Clint Maher, Joe Bowers, Jason Bowers, Ciaran Swords, Kevin Harris, Joe Kenny,Dale Bowers, Dean Bowers, Wayne Bowers, Ciaran Bowers, Martin Myles, Shane Buckley,Daniel Brady, Paul Swords,David Tierney.
Liffey Celtic ; Kevin McDonnell, Gavin O Brien, Graham McCormack, Keith Riordan, Thomas McDonagh, Michael McBride, Brian Murphy, Dane O Neill,Daniel Connolly, Darren Kilby, Daragh Kelly, Martin Stafford, Graham O Neill, brian McDonagh,Trevor Connolly.
Official ; Alan Sherlock.
Feature Game - Evening Herald
Joes Jewellers Masters Division 2
Newbridge Town FC 0 Monasterevin AFC 1
Monasterevin AFC got the better of Masters Newbies Newbridge Town FC in this keenly contested League opener played out in glorious sunshine at a packed Station road on Saturday. A first half Derek Bolger header was enough to seal victory for the Barrowsiders which sees them register their first points of the 2015 season.
Both sides started well albeit a little nervous and for the first tweny minutes the ball was played out in midfield. However the visitors started to win the battle in midfield thereafter and pushed forward in search of an opener. Despite the efforts of Pat McQuillan and Derek Bolger they could find no way past a solid 'Town defence of Jarek Kujawa, Keith Byrne, Anto Bolton and Damien Pender.
Indeed the home side had chances of their own to go ahead in the first half as they always looked dangerous on the break with the impressive Dave Turner up front a constant thorn in the Monasterevin defence's side. The visitors weather somewhat of a storm midway through the half and began to get on top again with midfielders Philip Canning and Peter Knowles leading by example and creating some half chances for their front men Kenny Leonard and Billy Ryan. The visitors eventually opened the scoring ten minutes before the break when after a beautiful move down the right involving Billy Ryan led to a corner. The ball was swung in to the Newbridge penalty area where Derek Bolder made no mistake with a header from inside the Newbridge six yard box giving Bartek Plajzer in the home goal no chance to put Monasterevin one nil up. With Monasterevin now with the advantage it seemed like they would press on to extend their lead but it was Newbridge who almost levelled straight after when Stephen Fox went on a mazy run to set up Dave Turner who beat two defenders only to see his effort shave Matt Kelly's upright and go agonisingly wide.
Early in the second half the home side were reduced to 10 men following an off the ball incident but this seemed to rally them and they pushed forward with nothing to lose. From a corner won on the right 'Town were very unlucky not to equalise through a Billy Ryan header which was brilliantly save by Matt Kelly in the visiting goal.
It was now the home side looking the more dangerous and they should have scored a deserved equaliser when a long ball over the top of the Monasterevin defence fell at the feet of Dave Turner who with only the keeper to beat shot low and hard only to see the ball go inches past the right post.
This woke Monasterevin up and they started to push forward themselves but with the Newbridge defence playing the offside trap very well and backed up by the solid Plajzer in goal pulling off some fine saves they could not add to their tally and the game finished 1 nil to Monasterevin. Best for the home side were Plajzer in goal, Anto Bolton and Stephen Fox in midfield and Dave Turner up front while for the winners Matt Kelly, Murt O Reilly, Philip Canning, Billy Ryan and Pat McQuillen were the pick of the bunch.
Newbridge Town FC. Bartek Plajzer,Jarek Kujawa,Keith Byrne, Damo Pender, Anto Bolton, Nuno Barboza, Martin Stamper, Stephen Fox, Dave Turner, Kieran Bruce, Paddy Nolan, Keith Darcy, Des Balmer, Hugh McLoughlin,Brian Oliagin,Vinny Maslowski. Paul Roberts, Alfie Flemming.
Monasterevin AFC Matt Kelly, Morris Devoy,Paul Colton, Mark O Connor, Murt O Reilly, Philip Canning,Peter Knowles, Pat McQuillan,Derek Bolger, Kenneth Leonard,Billy Ryan, Shay Lawlor,Glenn Rogan, Martin langton, David Fennell, Kevin Carroll.
Referee : James McDonnell.
This week's KDFL live feature on kfm radio is the senior division game between Kildare Town Afc and newly promoted caragh celtic fc. If you can't make the game tune in to 97.6fm for live updates from 2014 Kildare league PRO of the league Ciaran Cunneen.
This is a new feature each week in association with KFM Radio. Thanks again to Clem and all the guys in the studio for the airtime and indeed all the club reporters we will be calling on during the year to bring your club to the wider audience.
Millfield Volunteers Newbridge
Some of you may know our executive member Joe Burke from newbridge. He is a volunteer for the mill field families. They are seeking financial assistance to help with the tragedy.One of our clubs did a collection at their games last week and collected a staggering €300 for the fund. I know they won't mind me mentioning them Newtown Rovers FC Martin Kerwick well done guys.
So if any of you want to do the same over this weekend. The fund bank details are on the link below. It's the permanent TSB in newbridge.
I'm sure the families will be most grateful.
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Please be advised following extensive talks with the FAI. The League have pleasure in informing you that the FAI Youth Certificate in Kildare has been confirmed, details are outlined below.
Due to time constraints within the FAI the course must be rolled out over one block of 4 days as opposed to 2 weekends as originally anticipated.
Dates - Thurs through to Sunday (Inclusive) 23/24/25/26th April 2015)
Venue - Mullarney Park, Castledermot, Co. Kildare (Home of Castle Villa AFC)
Start/finish times - to be confirmed.
Final assessment date (one evening) - End May/early June
Cost - €300
Less KDFL Voucher (To KDFL members only) €75
Cost to KDFL member €225
The FAI will have the course advertised on-line from tomorrow. Payment to be made directly to the FAI via their on-line booking system. (The link will be provided tomorrow)
For further information please contact the League Secretary as soon as possible to confirm your availability for the dates above.
A massive congratulations to KDFL masters D1 double winners Kildare Town Afc over 35s who resoundingly beat Drumcondra fc 6-2 today away in the Leinster Football Association Over 35 Cup round 3 which sees them in the quarter final draw now and rapidly becoming one of the favourites for this prestigious cup. Fingers crossed and best of luck in the QFs guys from all of us.
Clane Utd Ladies Team
Clane United are looking to establish a senior ladies soccer team. The team will join the Kildare football league. The league will start in mid April,and matches will be played on a Monday evening.If you are interested or know of anyone who would like to take part, please contact - Packie Gaffney 087 2365297. Ann Sweeney 0860518746 or Sarah McNeill 085 8357499 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
KDFL Annual Women’s Futsal 2015
The KDFL have pleasure in announcing the following dates for the annual Women’s Futsal as follows :-
Venue Rathangan Community School, Canal rd, Rathangan
Dates Tuesdays 3rd/10th/17th/24th and 31st March
Venue Athy Community School, Monasterevin rd, Athy.
Dates 5th/12th/19th/26th March/2nd April
Divisions will be decided on a geographical basis and relayed to all Clubs on receipt of official application forms.
Cost €10 per player registration (This fee covers the five weeks of the Tournament)
Usual prizes - Cup and Medals for Winners and Medals for Runners up. Plus Player of the Tournament Trophy. Please inform Regina CaseyKaren Hickey or Hollie Murphy of your intent to enter a team.
Please find attached Basic Rules and Team Registration Form.
NB - PLEASE NOTE PLAYER REGISTRATION FEES ARE DUE ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF REGISTRATION. THERE IS NO FACILITY TO APPLY THESE CHARGES TO CLUB ACCOUNTS. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR TEAM/CLUB ARE AWARE OF THIS.
Provincial Competition Update!!
Three Kildare League sides are out this weekend in Provincial Competition. We wish them the very best of luck. Details below :-
LEINSTER WOMENS FOOTBALL COUNCIL CUPS/SHIELD
Best wishes to Kildare Town Afc and Kilcullen AFC who complete this weekend in the above competitions - keeping the KDFL flag flying at provincial level.
Details below of both fixtures
Kilcullen in Cup Semi Final & Kildare Town AFC in Shield Semi Final.
Best wishes to both Clubs and please keep us posted on sunday of updates.
Sunday 8th February
Ferns Utd v Kilcullen Clone Pk 2pm
Leixlip Utd v St Catherines Leixlip AC 2:30pm
Peamount United 0 – 3 Killeigh
East End Utd v Kildare Town AFC Bennetts Bridge (Kilkenny) 2:30pm
LEINSTER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OVER 35 CUP (ROUND 3)
Best wishes also to another Kildare Town Afc team out this weekend.....The legendary over 35 side take on Drumcondra FC away in round 3 of the LFA Over 35 Cup. Details of the fixture are below. Best wishes to all the guys in their endeavour to secure their third trophy this year !!
Saturday 7th February
Drumcondra FC v Kildare Town, Albert College, 2.0
TRIM CELTIC AFC - FAI CLUB OF THE YEAR 2014
John Coughlan RIP
It was with great sadness we learned last night of the untimely passing of our dear friend and colleague Johnny Coughlan (secretary of the Carlow and District Football League) Johnny had been a close friend to the Kildare League since he took office many years ago and served with members of our league on various Councils at Provincial and National Level. A true gent and the epitomy of professionalism. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him none more so than his exteemed colleagues in the Carlow League. The KDFL Executive and it's members would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Coughlan family, his colleagues in the Carlow league and to all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
The funeral arrangements for John Coughlan have just been released as follows
John will be reposing at Healys Funeral Home, Pollerton, Carlow from Tuesday at 12pm. Removal that evening at 6.30pm to Carlow Cathedral for 7pm.
Burial on Wednesday morning but time of burial will not be confirmed until tomorrow
Refreshments will be served in Seven Oaks after the burial
May he Rest in Peace
Attention.....Please note the transfer window will close on January 31st for all players wishing to transfer from a winter league to the KDFL. If transfers are not sought before this date the players are tied to their current club until the official end of the winter season (May 31st) no exceptions. Please make arrangements for intended transfers now to avoid disappointment.
Inaugural Under 21 mens Futsal Competition confirmed
The KDFL inaugural Under 21 Mens Futsal Competition will take place as follows :-
Venue - Rathangan Community School, Canal rd, Rathangan. (Indoor)
Date - Tues 3rd / 10th / 17th / 24th February 2015.
Time - 8-10pm
Cost - €10 per player (This fee covers the 4 weeks)
Format - 5 aside (Panel of 10/12)
Cup and Medals for winner / medals for runners up / Player of the Tournament Trophy also.
Limited to the first 5 teams - Contact the KDFL League Secretary immediately to book your Club's place on 0879557461.
FAI Youth Certificate
Following on from discussion with the FAI this morning, please find hereunder some proposed structures for the course.
We would like you to discuss with members of your Club who wish to take part in this course as to their preference. We will collate the responses and go with the majority:-
There are two options for the course –
1 – Two weekends, Fri night, Saturday, Sunday x 2
2 – Four straight days,
(a) Tuesday – Friday (b) Friday – Monday (inclusive)
We require a response on this as soon as possible in order to confirm the dates :-
It should be noted at this stage the league will be facilitating any Club whose managerial members/players wishing to take this course, by granted free requests - these games can be made up midweek when required.
FAI Hat-Trick Package
As you may be aware, the FAI have launched a new Hat-Trick Package, which is a 3 match ticket package for the matches listed below;
- ROI v Poland, March 29th 2015
- ROI v England, June 7th 2015
- ROI v Scotland, June 13th 2015
Prices start at €120 (plus booking fee) for adults and €50 (plus booking fee) for kids. See full prices listed below. The Hat-Trick package can be purchased now through https://oss.ticketmastereurope.com/aps/fai/EN/buy/details/HATTRICK
Full price list
Premium Ticket (South Stand only)
€330.00 each *
Cat A - Adult
€200.00 each *
Cat B - Adult
€160.00 each *
Cat C - Adult
€120.00 each *
Children (Under 16’s)
€50.00 each *
Supporter with a Disability
€120.00 each *
*Booking fees will apply
Firstly may I take this opportunity on behalf of the KDFL Executive, to wish you and yours a very happy new year and hope you have enjoyed your short break before the commencement of the 2015 season.
2014 from the League's point of view was most successful yet again and we would like to build on this success going forward to 2015.
To do this we need the co-operation of all involved for the smooth running of our preparations.
To this end we would ask you as soon as possible to return the following Club Application form to myself (In the post signed by your Club's Honorary Secretary) The form must be returned to the League no later than February 15th 2015. Failure to do so may result in your Club's non entry to the KDFL.
Please be reminded of the KDFL Rule 18(d)
d) All financial commitments to the League must be paid in the timeframe decided by the Executive Committee. Any club in default may be liable to forfeiture of ties or removal from the League. All Club’s financial Commitments to the League for the previous season must be paid on or before February 15th each year. Failing to do so will result in their application for membership being refused.
We have, for your convenience also attached to this email a standard player registration form and if needed a transfer form, for any players transferring to your Club from a winter league (This must be completed before January 31st 2015) Otherwise the player is attached to his current Club until the Official end of the winter season which is May 31st 2015.
We would also like to remind you of the following dates for your Dairy.
KDFL Annual General Meeting - Thursday 26th February 2015. Official Notification and nomination forms will be posted to your current registered Club Secretary within the next week.
Kick off for all Junior Divisions (Senior to Division 3) Sunday 29th March.
Kick off for Over 35 and womens sections to be advised.
UNDER 21 MENS INDOOR FUTSAL (Closed season)
We had advised previously of our intention to run this competition and still intend to go-ahead despite the poor response. We intend to have further information shortly- and intend to kick off the competition at the end of Jan/Early Feb. We have approx 5 teams currently and will run with these five (One Division / midweek). If any other Club wish to take part and have not yet informed the League please do so without delay.
WOMENS FUTSAL (Closed season)
We will be running our ever popular womens Futsal (2 divisions) in early February for approx 6 weeks. Normal format and rules apply. Further email with dates shortly
FAI YOUTH CERTIFICATE (In season)
As some of the content of the FAI Youth Cert requires you to participate in real time coaching. The League will be hosting the Youth Cert in association with the FAI during the season (April/May) The Course which comes at a cost of €300 to each participant will be subsidised by the KDFL by €75 (Each participant will be issued with a €75 FAI Voucher which will be purchased by the League for the participant to then book on-line in the normal way) The Youth Certificate will take place in Mullarney Park Castledermot (Home of Castle Villa AFC). The Course will be open to League members and non-League members, although the subsidy will only be available to League members.
FAI Youth Inter League Trophy (Group 4 Series 2)
The Kildare Youths got the better of the AUL on Sunday in Group 4 Series 2 of the FAI Youth Inter League Trophy to leave them still in the shake up for qualification from the group to the knock out stages courtesy of a first half Dylan Kennedy hatrick and one from Jamie Darcy.
Kildare got off to the best of starts when after nine minutes Dylan Kennedy scored the first of his three with a near post header following a great run and cross from Joe Cusack to put the home side 1-0 up. The visitors lost an opportunity to level terms six minutes later when a well taken corner was cleared to safety by the Kildare defence and mid way through the half the AUL were unlucky to see a cross into the area again cleared to safety.
The AUL were proving a handful at this stage courtesy of some good interchanging down the right from Craig Perry and Kyle Scully setting up some chances for their danger men but the Kildare defence held firm with Jamie Dunne and Robbie Philips looking very impressive. Thirteen minutes before the break the Dublin side should have levelled when a great run and cross by James Brown found Kyle Scully in space but his attempt was well saved by David Herd in the Kildare goal who was playing a storming under the relentless AUL pressure.
The visitors were to rue these missed opportunities as minutes later Kildare broke and Dylan Kennedy added his and his side’s second with a wonder strike from 18 yards out giving AUL custodian Darren Lyng no chance. The Dublin side were somewhat lacking in front of goal and this was summed up with another missed chance one minute later as Ciaran Horan’s well taken spot kick following a foul in the area was well saved by the inspired Herd and one minute later Horan was unlucky to fluff his effort from inside the box with Herd beaten.
The first half action was not over yet as two minutes later the home side added a third when they broke again and a great run and cross come shot from Glenn Holmes was not dealt with by Lyng in goal and Jamie Darcy was on hand to tap into an empty net and one minute later Kildare added a fourth following a forty yard pile driver from Kennedy to complete his hat trick to leave Kildare 4-0 up and coasting however on the stroke of half time the AUL eventually were rewarded for their efforts as Referee Murt Hickey blew for a penalty following a hand ball by Kildare’s Robbie Philips and James Brown made no mistake with his well taken effort to finally beat the heroic Herd to leave the score at 4-1 in favour of the home side going into the break.
It was game on two minutes into the second half when the AUL came out all guns blazing and reduced the Kildare advantage following an excellent individual effort from Paul Mc Mahon which saw him shake off two Kildare defenders to fire into the top corner of Herd’s net to make it 4-2. The visitors grew in confidence now and continued to lay siege to the Kildare goal with Mc Mahon causing all kinds of problems for the home rearguard. Midway through the half the Dublin side should have added a third following a great run and cross from Aaron Fagan but his attempt was not picked up by the front runners and the ball was cleared to safety. With twelve minutes remaining a well taken free from the AUL’s Kyle Scully across the box found Aaron Fagan free but his volley was agonisingly wide of David Herd’s right post. To the credit the AUL continued to pound the Kildare danger area in an attempt to get something from the game and were very unfortunate again when a long clearance from Lyng in goal found Jeff Rafter in space he found himself one on one with Kildare keeper Herd but delayed his attempt and the ball was smothered by Herd to avert the danger to see Kildare run out 4-2 victors.
Their Kildare side’s final outing in the group stages is in early January where they take on the North Dublin Schoolboy League in the final away. Best for Kildare were Herd in goal, hat trick hero Kennedy and Jamie Darcy. While for the visitors James Browne, Paul McMahon, Craig Perry and Kyle Scully impressed.
Kildare Youths; David Herd, Jamie Dunne, Aaron Moules, Robbie Philips, Ross Lyons, Joe Cusack, Michael Logan, Shaun Lloyd, Dylan Kennedy, Glenn Holmes, Jamie Darcy, Aaron Melinn, Kristof Jenai, Daragh Gilbert.
AUL : Darren Lyng, James Browne, Aaron Fagan, Jeff Rafter, Glenn Lyons, Paul McMahon, Jonathan Boyle, Ross Kyle, Ciaran Horan, Craig Perry, Kyle Scully, Lee Partridge, Aaron McFadden, Stephen McCormack, Calum Murphy, Karl Ivory.
Officials ; Martin Hickey, Eddie Sullivan, Peter Donnelly.
Leinster Junior Shield
Naas United FC 3 Bohermeen Celtic 2
Naas United's Division 3 League and Cup double winners season continues to flourish as they booked their place in the hat for the next round of this well coveted competition with this excellent 3-2 victory over Bohermeen Celtic, who are based in The Meath District League. The Navan side are currently mid way through their season and traveled to face a Naas side who haven't played since they defeated Clonowan Rovers in the last round 3 weeks ago. United were looking a little ropey in the early stages as they set about judging their unknown opponents and had to defend brilliantly on 2 occasions as Captain Kev Moynahin was forced into an excellent block, which was equally matched by the beast, Ronan Rafferty just a few minutes later as the home side found themselves under early pressure. Naas weathered the storm though and found themselves growing in confidence as youngsters Stephen Quinn and Ross Hassard began to cause trouble, Quinn and Hassard combined well to create United's opening goal, which came from the spot after Hassard was brought down by the away sides goalkeeper as he raced onto a good ball from Quinn. Up stepped birthday boy Alan Burke to open the scoring and celebrate his 35th birthday with another goal to add to his impressive tally having been converted into a deep lying midfielder from Center forward at the beginning of the season. (Pauly is a genius). It should have been 2-0 a few minutes later when Quinn again skipped down the left before crossing low for Mark Casey who saw the ball get caught under his feet before Jay Curran's follow up was cleared off the line. Andrew Sheridan then missed a good chance on 30 minutes as he shot just wide. It was to cost Utd dearly as they conceded a sloppy equaliser soon after as Ronan Rafferty switched off for a split second and allowed his man a free header from a corner kick and it left Ronan Coady helpless in goal for the home side. Naas were unlucky not to go into the break 2-1 up as Hassard broke away and saw his left footed strike sneak just wide of the Bohermeen post as the half ended shared. A bright start to the 2nd half saw United dominate the possession stakes in the opening few minutes and half time substitute Jamie Boyd added an extra threat going forward. It was 2-1 on 56 minutes when Andrew Sheridan got his name on the score sheet with a good strike from 15 yards out, after fine play out wide once more by Stephen Quinn, who linked well again with Hassard and Burke. Naas failed to go 2 goals clear after missed chances by Boyd, Sheridan and Hassard, before a Stephen Quinn cross almost caught the away keeper out as it came back off the cross bar. Bohermeen were in fairness having plenty of the ball but Ronan Coady was never forced into a save in the game as the away side seemed very slow to shoot. They did however score a great equaliser with some lovely one touch passing which caught Naas out down their left hand side and a good low cross was finished well from close range as the Navan ment levelled with 15 minutes left on the clock. Naas were not in the mood for extra time and kept on pushing and we're looking by far the better team in the final stages and in the end it was the brightest attacking player on the pitch that grabbed the winner, again linking well with Hassard, Stephen Quinn found himself in on goal from the left hand side and he smashed home his first goal of the season to win it for his side with 4 minutes left on the clock. Naas held the ball well down in the corners as Morgan McNamara and Jamie Boyd ran the clock down brilliantly in the latter stages and this team keep up there marvellous record of a 100% home record all season and they did it today without their top Goalscorer for the year John Quinn (34 goals) as he swanned off to sun himself in Portugal for the weekend (as YA do) and his team mates didn't let him or themselves down. Well done lads. Get the passports ready though, I can feel an away trip coming for the next round.!!!!
1.Ro Coady, 2.Stephen Quinn, 3.Ronan Rafferty, 4.Kev Moynahin (c), 5. Joe Ryan, 6.Alan Burke, 7.Jamie Curran, 8.Declan Coady (65), 9.Ross Hassard, 10.Andrew Sheridan (75), 11.Mark Casey (45).
Subs :- 12. Morgan McNamara, (65). 13.Daniel Coyle (75), 14. Jamie Boyd (45)
Roche nominated for FIFA’s Goal of the Year
As you may or may not have heard, our very own Stephanie Roche, (former Peamount United) and current senior women’s international, has been nominated for FIFA’s Goal of the Year award. An amazing achievement for any player, the only female among international stars such as Van Persie, Ibrahimovic to name but a few.
All 10 goals are listed on FIFA’s website, and the winner will be the one which receives the most votes. This is where our football family play the part.
This is the link (http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award/index.html ) It’s available worldwide so get voting for Stephanie,spread the word near and far, get all your clubs, players, families and friends to vote, whether you’re here in Ireland or abroad – LETS GET VOTING!
Share the link on any social media platform, websites etc. – LETS GET SHARING!
Feature game – Evening Herald
Bridgewood Celtic 3 3 Sundays Well FC
Bridgewood Celtic consigned themselves to the Aermax Premier Division next season when they could only manage a draw with fourth from bottom Sundays Well in their penultimate game at Robertstown on Sunday. Bridgewood needed full points from their remaining two game against ‘Well and Liffey Celtic to secure their place in the Senior Division for next season. Alas it was not to be and now they must re-group during the closed season.
The home side started the brighter in the early stages with Ken Forrester and Niall O Hagan keeping Sundays’ keeper Barry kane very busy. Bridgewood following their sustained period of pressure opened the scoring when Joe Kavanagh latched onto a long kick out from keeper Des Palmer, he turned smartly to send a through ball to Ken Forrester who made no mistake from close range and finally beating Kane in the ‘Well goal to put his side 1-0 up.
This setback sprung Sundays Well into action and they equalised ten minutes later when David O Connell sent Stewy O Neill free with one of his trademark defence splitting passes and O Neill cooly slotted past the outstretched Palmer to level matters. However the home side finished the first half strong and edged ahead again five minutes from the break when veteran Leslie Kelly sent a delightful lob over keeper Kane who was caught off his line to put his side 2-1 up.
Disaster was to strike for the visitors at Bridgewood further extended their lead two minutes after the restart following a great run in play involving Jordan PPrechi, John Sullivan, Cian Byrne and Joe Kavanagh which resulted in Ken Forrester powering home his second and his sides third to leave the Robertstown side 3-1 up and cruising. However Bridgewood seemed to take the foot off the peddle midway through the half as the visitors got a stranglehold on the game and with twenty minutes to go they reduced the deficit when a Stewy O Neill free kick was deflected to the Bridgewood net by one of their own defenders and ten minutes before the break they drew level at 3-3 when a quick throw in from the impressive O Connell found Rory Bateman in space, he shook off his marker to whip the ball into the danger area for James Conroy to slot home from close in.
Bridgewood had several chances in the dying moments to grab the all important three points but could find no way past a solid Sunday’s rearguard. Best for the home side were keeper Des Palmer, Joe Kavanagh, Ken Forrester, Lesley Kelly, Gary Hunt, Don Fay and John Sullivan while for the visitors Kevin Daly, Stewy O Neill, David O Connell and Rory Bateman impressed.
Bridgewood Celtic: Des Palmer, Cian Byrne, Adrian McNamee, Ken Forrester, Don Fay, Gary Hunt, Niall O Hagan, Jordan Prechi, Joe Kavanagh, John Sullivan, Lesley Kelly, Dave Percival, Danny Henderson, Henry Reidy, Tom Dunne.
Sundays Well FC: Barry Kane, Rory Bateman, Barry Crosbie, Sean O Connor, Alan O Carroll, Kevin Daly, Stewy O Neill, David O Connell, James Conroy, John Messit, Niall Herbert, Jimmy McGovern.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
Aermax Premier Division
Coill Dubh AFC 5 Bridge United 2
Coill Dubh AFC set themselves up for a shot at Senior League status next season when they outplayed midtable Bridge United on a scoreline of 5-2 to force a play off with Monasterevin AFC this week for Aermax Premier Division second place spot and promotion to the top flight.
The home side and eventual winners started well and some early pressure paid off after only five minutes when a Wayne Bowers snap shot was parried by Bridge keeper John Paul Hickey and the rebound fell nicely for Alan Mitchell to tap into an empty net to put Coill Dubh 1-0 up.
Almost immediately they doubled their advantage when Graham O Sullivan latched onto a loose ball in midfield. He proceeded on a solo run leaving three Bridge defenders in his wake to fire past Hickey and make it 2-0.
Coill Dubh continued to pressurise the Athy side and could have went further ahead but Noel Byrne’s effort was cleared off Hickey’s line by the alert Darren Lawlor. Bridge gradually got themselves back into the game and reduced the deficit on the half hour mark when some neat inter play by Stephen Donovan and Ray Hickey allowed David Lawlor to slot past Alan Sheridan in the visiting goal to make it 2-1. Both teams played the reminder of the half in midfield and the score remained at 2-1 to Coill Dubh at the break.
The second half was a much tighter affair with neither side creating any clear cut chances in the early stages. However as the half progressed Bridge threw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser and at the same time leaving themselves exposed at the back. Coill Dubh in a break away midway through the half won a penalty when Noel Byrne was taken down in the box. He got, shook himself off and neatly dispatched the resultant penalty to the net to make it 3-1 to the home side.
Bridge could have immediately got one back but Nathan Germaine’s cheeky attempted lob was foiled by the alert Alan Sheridan in the home goal. The visitors continued to press Coill Dubh and won a penalty of their own with ten minutes remaining and Stephen Donovan made no mistake from the spot to again put the minimum between the sides at 3-2. Whilst chasing for an equaliser Bridge conceded two quick goals from the home side through Barry Noone and Brian McGrath to leave a somewhat glossy result for the winners. Best for Coill Dubh were Graham O Sullivan, Adam McLoughlin and Joey Behan while for an unlucky Bridge Stephen Donovan was best.
Coill Dubh AFC: Alan Sheridan, Dale Percival, Damien Leeson, Alan Mitchell, Joey Behan, Adam McLoughlin, Noel Byrne, John Sullivan, Wayne Bowers, Graham O Sullivan, Brian McGrath, Stephen Casey, Dylan Hannon, Joe Carroll, Barry Noone, Trevor McDonald.
Bridge United FC : John Paul Hickey, Darren Lawlor, Shane Maher, Shane O keeffe, Corey Moore, Matt Moore, David Lawlor, Ray Hickey, Paul Kelly, Nathan Germaine, Stephen Donovan, Paddy Doogue.
KDFL AWARDS NIGHT PREVIEW
The Kildare League will host their 21st Annual Presentation Night and Awards Ceremony in the plush surrounding of the Keadeen Hotel Newbridge on Friday 28th November. Where they will showcase and present the array of Trophies which have been won during the season which kick off in March this year. Together with the winners trophies all runners up medallions will also be presented and also a variety of special awards including Club of the Year, PRO of the Year, Fair Play Award, Special Service Award, Special Merit Award, AM Photo of the year, Divisional players of the year in all categories and overall Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Womens Player of the Year and lots lots more.
The League will have in attendance guests from the FAI, Womens FAI and the Leinster Football Association along with members of the media, Press, Referees, valued sponsors and League Associates together with their affiliates to enjoy what will be a very entertaining evening. Music will be provided by Damien Coyne of ‘So Fresh Entertainment’. Tickets are priced at €50 each which includes a three course dinner and are available now from any Executive member of the League (neat dress essential) For further information please contact League Secretary Regina Casey on 0879557461 or League Treasurer Karen Hickey on 0876841320.
Feature Games - Evening Herald.
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Naas United FC 2 Sundays Well FC 0
Naas United claim their second CR Wynne Feeds Senior League Trophy in three years on Sunday to complete a famous League and Cup double when they over Sundays Well on a scoreline of 2-0 to lift the trophy with two games in hand. A superb achievement for this very young and progressive Club.
Sundays Well started the better against their more illustrious opponents and took the game to the eventual winners putting Naas’s defence of Ollie O Hanlon, Jamie Broughall, Alan Crowe and Stephen Burke under severe pressure through early chances from Alan Carroll and Eoin Massit. Naas were limited to long balls out of defence which suited the Sundays Well side. In a half of few changes the visiting keeper Shane Herbert was called into action just once producing a fine double save from close range from Conor Coady midway through the half. The sides went in all square at 0-0 following an entertaining first 45.
Naas came out more determined to make a mark on the game and eventually made the break through five minutes after the restart when following a quick throw in the ball fell kindly to Paul Ometesu who turned neatly in the box to slot past Herbert in the ‘Well goal to put his side 1-0 up. The visitors kept their composure and started to create some half chances with wide men Alan Carroll and Niall Herbert causing all kinds of problems for the Naas rearguard however for all their possession they lacked compose in the final third which ultimately was their downfall as Naas added a second much to the home side’s relief with fifteen minutes remaining when a well taken free, following a foul on Podge Coady , took a deflection before nestling in the back of Shane Herbert’s net, Paul Ometesu getting a final touch on the ball, scoring his and his side’s second.
The ‘Well never gave up and continued to pile pressure on the leaders in the last fifteen with some quality crossed into the Naas danger area but all failing to find the target and Naas went on to claim this famous victory and in the process collecting the Club’s fifth KDFL trophy of the season following their reserved team’s League and Cup Double in Division 3 and their Masters Shield success rounding off what has been the Club’s most successful year to date. Best for the winners were keeper Eoin Giblin, Stephen Burke, Mark Saunders and scorer Ometesu while for Sundays Well Barry Kane, Niall Herbert and Eoin Massit were best.
Naas United FC – Eoin Giblin, Ollie O Hanlon, Jamie Broughall, Alan Crowe, Stephen Burke, Cian Glavin, Mark Saunders, Paul Ometesu,Conor Coady, Vinny O Connor,Vernon Nolan.
Sundays Well FC – Shane Herbert, Brendan Carragher,Barry Crosbie, Sean O Connor, Barry Kane, Kevin Daly,Niall Herbert, David O Connell,Dan Murphy, Eoin Massit, Alan Carroll, James Conroy.
Feature Games – Leinster Leader
Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Division 1 League Champions Newbridge Town put paid to any chance of Newbridge Hotspurs forcing a play off with Newbridge Colts for the League runners up position when they overcame them on a scoreline of 5-2 at Rickardstown.
The League Champs were quick out of the blocks and had early chances through Brian McDonagh and Noel Curran however Hotspurs keeper Jamie Kennedy pulled off two superb saves to keep his side in the game. The Town continued to pressurised the overworked Hotspurs rearguard and eventually broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when a Noel Curran corner found the head of Dan Connolly who made no mistake from close range powering past Kennedy to put his side 1-0 up. Hotspurs were not deterred and took the game to ‘Town and Lee Kearney was unlucky not to equalise when his effort from the left was expertly tipped around the post and out of danger by visiting keeper Mark Turner. Hotspurs deservedly got their equaliser following a sustained period of pressure five minutes before the break when they were awarded a penalty after Lee Kearney was adjudged to have been fouled in the box and the evergreen John Fiztpatrick stepped up to neatly slot past Turner to make it 1-1 going into the break with all to play for.
Hotspurs started brightly on the resumption but were caught on the break after ten minutes when ‘Town’s Dan Connolly latched onto a loose ball and showed great composure to find Brian McDonagh free at the back post to fire home putting his side 2-1 up. Connolly then got on the scoresheet for a second time on the 63rd minute following good work down the wing by Brian McDonagh and he completed his hatrick ten minutes later when he linked up well with Eoin Moore to play a neat one two before finishing past Kennedy to make it 4-1.
Hotspurs showed great spirit and continued to play some great football in an effort to claw themselves back into the fight and they were rewarded for their efforts five minutes from time when Wayne Kennedy struct a superb volley into the bottom corner of Turner’s net to make it 4-2 but with time almost up ‘Town were to have the last say when Connolly added is fourth and his side’s fifth following good work by Brian McDonagh to round off the scoring at 5-2. Best for the winners were Richie Newport, Brian and Tommy McDonagh and Man of the match and four goal hero Dan Connolly, while best for a gallant Hotspurs were John Fiztpatrick, Lee Kearney and Greg Kelly.
Newbridge Hotspurs – James Kennedy, Nigel Purcell, John O Brien, John Fitzpatrick, Keith Holman, Frankie Durney,Greg Kelly, Wayne Kennedy,Ross Lynch, Tommy Nugent, Lee Keanrey.
Newbridge Town FC – Mark Turner, Gary Scully,Dave McGrath, Richie Newport,Tommy McDonagh, Alan Curran,Noel Curran, John Paul McDonagh,Trevor Connolly, Dan Connolly,Brian McDonagh, Gary Lowe,Richard Farrell, Eoin Moore.
Feature Games – Leinster Leader
KDFL League Shield Final
Castle Villa AFC 7 Galhoy FC 1
Senior League side Castle Villa AFC proved too strong in the second half for a game Division 1 side Galhoy FC on Sunday and ran out 7-1 victors to claim the KDFL League shield, having won the trophy last eleven years ago. The League Shield which is the second largest competition in the KDFL and open to all clubs defeated in round 1 and 2 of the League Cup. Galhoy had some serious results behind them in the early stages of the competition which included victories over Senior League side’s Rathangan FC and Bridgewood Celtic and Premier side Sallins Celtic and were certainly up for it in the early stages of the final when they pressed Villa from the off.
The Division 1 team were quick out of the blocks and were perhaps unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty after ten minutes when Villa keeper Alan Proctor and Galhoy striker Kevin Corry collided in the box after Proctor dealt with a backpass from Vinny Dowling but referee Peter Donnelly, who was excellently placed, waved play on.
Castle Villa’s Stephen McDonald went close with two efforts shortly after this but saw one shot blocked by Galhoy defender Alan Doran and the other excellently saved by keeper John O Connor, who was really impressive throughout, even with the barrage of attacks coming at him in the second half especially.
The eventual winners started to get to grips with the game midway through the half and Vinny Dowling opened the scoring with a looping header that went in off the underside of the crossbar after a great cross from the impressive Jordan Harmon on the half hour to put the Senior side 1-0 up.
This setback did not deter Galhoy however, and some of the long balls from keeper O Connor were carrying the length of the field aided by the blustery conditions. The Villa defence were dealing well with these, with Alan Hickey and Gary Mulhall being particularly strong under the dropping ball.
It was a good passing move that saw the Newbridge side draw level however just before the break when a through bal was slid into Kevin Corry’s path and Villa keeper Proctor saved the first effort but the rebound fell back to the feet of the impressive Mark Wolfe who expertly finished past the Villa keeper and defenders to tie the score at 1-1 going into the break, game on.
Villa Manager Liam Murphy’s half time team talk seemed to inspire the boys from the south of the county however, and 45 minutes of really intense, high-tempo stuff saw them run out easy winners in the end. After only 90 seconds of the half, captain Anthony Lawler whipped in a vicious free kick from the villa right, and centre back Alan 'Rat' Hickey headed home from close range with the Galhoy keeper O Connor and his defnders out of the game due to the quality of the delivery. And almost immediately, Stephen McDonald was desperately unlucky to see a volleyed effort strike the crossbar after a poor clearance from the back
Timmy Doyle had been introduced at this stage by Villa manager Liam Murphy, and what a double substiution it was, as Doyle put in a great delivery for Keith Leigh to expertly slide the ball home with literally their first touches of the game to make it 3-1, and within seconds of the restart, Harmon produced a brilliant finish to the left hand side of the Galhoy net to make it four.
To their credit, Galhoy never ever threw in the towel, and fought till the end and O Connor in goal in particular can be very proud of his performance, as he made a string of top class saves to keep the blue tide at bay. But further goals from Aaron Murphy and Timmy Doyle and a second for Jordan Harmon capped off a seven goal haul for the brilliantly supported Castle Villa to make sure the shield found its way home to Castledermot.
Best for the winners were Proctor in goal, Alan Hickey in defence and John Harmon while for Galhoy who never gave up the ghost Keeper John O Connor and Kevin Corry impressed
PHOTOS ATTACHED COURTESY OF TONY GATELY OF CASTLE VILLA AFC
Feature game – Evening Herald.
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2 league Play off
Kilcullen AFC 3 1 Rathangan AFC
Kilcullen AFC were crowned the Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 2 League Champions on Saturday when they had two goals to spare over Rathangan AFC in the League title play off, after both sides could not be separated at the top of the table.
The game started at a frantic pace on the perfectly prepared Keegan Park in Booleigh with the eventual winners taking the initiative with the aid of a strong breeze creating chance after chance through Fran Sheridan and Ollie lambe. Kilcullen broke the deadlock after 16 minutes when Kevin Bradley ran onto a lovely through ball from Ollie Lambe and he made no mistake from close range have shook off his marker Colm Flanaghan to fire past the stranded Cathal Maher in the Rathangan goal to put his side 1-0 up.
Rathangan responded well and began to grow in confidence and took the game to the leaders pressing hard for an equaliser, this left some exposure at the back and Kilcullen took advantage with another combination from Lambe and Bradley saw Ollie Lambe fouled in the box and Kevin Bradley stepped up to neatly slot past Maher to double their advantage on the half hour mark and bring his goal tally to 25 for the season.
Rathangan upped their game in the second half with the wind in their backs however they could find no way past the stubborn Kilcullen backline of Stephen Whelan, Derek O Toole and Paul Maher and it was Kilcullen who extended their lead ten minutes into the second half through the dependable Mick Williams to leave Rathangan with a mountain to climb trailing 3-0.
Rathangan were not to be outdone and dominated possession for long periods in the last third and were rewarded with fifteen minutes remaining when Richie Kelly converted from six yards past keeper Kevin Talbot following good work from Paul Fallam. However time ran out for the canalsiders and Kilcullen when to claim glory collecting the Clubs third trophy of the Season in the process. Best for the winners were Kevin Bradley, Ollie Lambe, Fran Sheridan and Paul Maher while for Rathangan John Demspey, Paul Fullam and James McEvoy were best on the day.
Kilcullen AFC – Kevin Talbot, Stephen Whelan, Derek O Toole, Paul Maher, Derek McGrath, Wayne Barrett, Ger Shanaghan, Pat Devanney, Ollie Lambe, Fran Sheridan, Kevin Bradley, Mick Williams, Tadhg Shanaghan, Fergal Finn, Rob Morgan, Ronan Aspell.
Rathangan AFC – Cathan Maher, John Dempsey, Colm Flanaghan, Declan Meenahan, Paul Fullam, David Cassidy, Paul Dempsey, John Keogh, Richard Kelly, James McEvoy, Mark Mullally, Joe Kearns, JP Hannify, Shane Lynch, Edward O Loughlin, David Fitzpatrick.
Officials – Liam carty, Jamie Connolly, Eric Owens.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1
Suncroft AFC 0 3 Kildare Town AFC
Suncroft AFC welcomed Joe’s Jewellers Masters Division 1 League and Cup Champions Kildare Town AFC to the Community grounds on Saturday for both teams final league game of the season which was played in great spirits in dry but somewhat gusty conditions.
Suncroft were quick out of the blocks against there more illustrious opponents with John Paul Lee and Colin Christie exchanging one twos from the off. On one of these occasions Dwane Feane latched onto an opportunity after five minutes which brought a super save from Kildare keeper Seaie Drea to put it out for a corner. From the resultant corner Alan Barry was unlucky not to put Suncroft ahead when his header was just wide of the mark.
Kildare were stung into action following these early let offs thanks to the heroics of Drea in goal and began to penetrate the Suncroft defence and edged ahead after 20 minutes when some inspired play from Robert ‘ hopper’ O Neill saw him release Sean Francis. His effort rebounded off Derek Meade’s crossbar and fell kindly to Jason Kane who made no mistake from close range to put his side 1-0 up.
Suncroft were quick to react and just before half time could have level matters when following a good passage of play between Alan Brosnan and Colin Christie which saw Christie win a free just outside the area. Alan Barry stepped up to send his free kick just wide of Meade’s post and Kildare went in defending their slender 1-0 lead at the break.
The double winnings champions upped their game in the second half and it took only three minutes for them to double their advantage when Justin Gleeson broke down the right wing and put in an inch perfect cross to the inrushing Robert O Neill to head home from close range giving Derek Meade no chance to put his side 2-0 up. Kildare put the game beyond the Croft five minutes later O Neill shashed home his second and his side’s third following good work from Mark O Reilly to seal victory for the Town. Best for the winners were Liam Carty, Mark O Reilly and Hopper O Neill while for Suncroft Eugene Donovan, JP Lee and Colin Christie were best on the day.
Suncroft AFC – Derek Meade, Eugene Donovan, Ciaran Phelan, Colin Christie, Richie Reid, Alan Barry, John Paul Lee, Martin McKenna, Keith Reddy, Dwayne Feane, Alan Brosnan.
Kildare Town AFC – Seanie Drea, Keith Byrnes, Warren Delaney, Joe Murphy, Robbie Donnelly, Martin McEvoy, Anto Murray, Liam Carty, David Dempsey, Eamon Maher, Justin Gleeson, Noel Dowling, Robert O Neill, Anthony Kinsella, Joe McKenna.
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Feature game – Evening Herald.
KDFL Division 1-2-3 Shield Final.
Naas AFC 1 Newbridge Town FC 6
Newbridge Town FC overcame a very young Naas AFC side with ease to lift the KDFL Division 1-2-3 Shield last Sunday on a scoreline of 6-1 at the perfectly manicured grounds of Liffey Celtic at Newhall, setting their side up for a League and Shield double.
The game was only ten minutes old when the ‘Town made their intentions know as they opened the scoring through Dan Connolly following some neat interchange between Gary Lowe and Brian McDonagh. Five minutes later they doubled their advantage when a great ball across the box from Dave McGrath landed at the feet of Gary Lowe and he turned cooly to slot past James Kearns in the Naas goal to make it 2-0.
Naas AFC whose oldest player is only twenty years of age were not without their chances in the first half and they could have reduced the deficit on twenty minutes through Adam Jackson however his effort was just wide of Mark Turner’s right post. Naas continued to take the game to Newbridge and had another glorious opportunity on the half hour but Luke Hilliard’s headed effort was well saved by Turner to preserve Newbridge’s 2-0 advantage.
Naas’s pressure was short lived and Newbridge began again to show their dominance and ten minutes before the break they added a third through Captain Gary Scully when he tucked away a close range effort which the Naas rearguard failed to clear and five minutes later Naas were left with a mountain to climb when ‘Town went 4-0 up courtesy of Trevor Connolly after he was put through by Gary Lowe. There was one more piece of action just before the break when Naas eventually got on the scoresheet when they were awarded a penalty following a foul on Ben Whelan after he had been put through by Jamie Rogers. Rogers scored from the spot giving Turner no chance to leave the score at 4-1 to the Newbridge side at the interval.
Naas came out of the blocks early and had early chances through Adam Jackson and Luke Hilliard but they failed to capitalise. Newbridge added a fifth on 65 minutes when a one two between Richie Farrell and Dan Connolly put Farrell through to slot home from close range. Naas were finding it hard to deal with the slick passing of the more experience Newbridge side and also playing against the breeze and the eventual winners extended their lead with ten minutes remaining when player/Manager John Paul McDonagh added a sixth when he was put through by Connolly. Best for the winners were Trevor Connolly, Gary Lowe, Brian McDonagh and Dan Connolly while for the youthful Naas side who have a lots more to offer in the future, Derek O Keeffe, Ben Ellard, Conor Davis, Thomas Hayes and Luke Hilliard were best.
Newbridge Town FC – Mark Turner, Dave McGrath, Craig Durney, Gary Scully, Shane Murphy, Alan Curran, Richie Farrell, Trevor Connolly, Brian McDonagh, Dan Connolly,Gary Lowe, Noel Curran,Eoin Moore, JP McDonagh,Tommy McDonagh, Dean Dwyer.
Naas AFC – James Kearns, Conor Davis,Thomas Hayes, Ben Ellard, Derek O Keeffe, Luke Hilliard,Ben Whelan, Eddie Curley,Jamie Rogers, Adam Jackson,Darren Cunningham, Kevin Cunningham, Ciaran Flaherty,Sean Mulligan, Frank Sherry.
Officials – Paddy France, Eric Owens, Darren Coombes.
Feature game – Leinster Leader
Aermax Premier Division
Caragh Celtic 4 Kilcock Celtic 4
Midtable Kilcock celtic completed their league programme on a high with this well earned point away from home against newly crowned Aermax Premier League champions Caragh Cetlic last week in this highly entertaining eight goal thriller at Donore.
The Revs as Caragh are more commonly known started the game like champions, going at the Kilcock defence from the tip off and it was Darren "Dazzler" Heavey who opened the scoring after only one minute with a simple tap in from close range giving Brian McNamara in the visiting goal no chance. Kilcock though never dropped their heads and were back on level terms six minutes later when slight hesitancy in the Caragh back line allowed Kilcock’s Shane Fitzgerald in for a magnificent individual effort to leave it all square again.
The visitors were not finished there and went 2-1 up to the surprise of the newly crowned champions when Shane Fitzgerald sneaked in at the back post to put them ahead. Kilcock were really up for this tie and showing why the Premier Division is probably the most competitive division in the KDFL. After 30th mins it was obvious the pre-game script wasn't read by Kilcock as they went 3-1 up when the inform Fiztgerald added his and his side’s third following some great approach work by Eoin Moriarty and Mark Mennelly leaving the Revs keeper Alan Finn stranded.
Caragh shocked by this early Kilcock advantage made some tactical changes and this almost paid immediate dividends when Darren Heavey had a half volley brilliantly saved by the Kilcock keeper McNamara and Jimmy Swords had a shot cleared off the visiting line by Jamie Taggart.
The home side now upped the tempo of their game and they pulled a goal back in the 40th min when Carl "Moo" Mooney caused panic in the Kilcock defense which led to a hurried clearance that fell kindly to Brian "Guzzer" Nolan who placed his cushioned header over the advancing player.
This pulsating half of football was capped off by the game's 6th goal when in the 44th min, Moo neatly finished into the bottom left corner after some great work on the wing by Sir Reggie Riordan leaving it 3-3 and the break.
Whatever was said in both camps at halftime however must have included "tempo" and "intensity" because that is what both sides gave in the second half. Although not treated to another 6 goals, it was no less entertaining than the first half. In the 65th min, Stephen "Sir Reggie" Riordan scored Celtic's 4th and his 21st of the Season to put The Revs in front again. If anyone in attendance thought this would kill off Kilcock, they were very much mistaken as Kilcock midfield due of Mark Munnelly and Shane Fitzgerald lifted their team one more time to have the score level for a 4th time in the game in the 70th min through Fiachra Moriarty to leave the sides again.
Both sides had some great chances to get winners but some great goalkeeping and defending kept it at 4-4 at the final whistle, which was a fair result to both teams who had served up a cracking game for the large crowd in attendance. Best for the home side were Alan Finn, Paul Clifford, Eoin Keaveney, Carl Mooney, Brian Nolan and their man of the match Alan Campbell. While for Kilcock the midfield unit of Munnelly, Fitzgerald, Fiachra and Eoin Mortiarty and Gavin Byrne and Tadhg Moriarty in defence were best.
Caragh Cetlic – Alan Finn, Eoin Kearney,Tony Farrell, Alan Campbell,Darren Heavey, Alan Igoe,Jimmy Swords, Paul Clifford, Stephen Riordan, Brian Nolan,Carl Mooney, Johnny Igoe,Daiti Ivers, Colm McLoughlin,Billy Martin, Shane Darcy.
Kilcock Celtic – Brian McNamara, Graham Byrne, Jamie Taggart, Gavin Byrne,Tadhg Moriarty, Mark Munnelly,Shane Fitzgerald, Fiachra Moriarty,Leon Glennon, Eoghan Moriarty,Eoin Hannigan, Conor Dully,Daragh Gibney, William McCarthy.
Referee – Liam Carty.
Evening Herald Feature Game.
KDFL Lumsden League Cup Final.
Eleson United FC 4 Liffey Celtic 3
Eleson United FC claimed the prestigious KDFL Lumsden League Cup Trophy, at the first attempt, in dramatic fashion when they came from 3-1 down with seven minutes on the clock, eventually winning 4-3 thanks to an 82nd minute strike from Daniel Brady and two wonder goals in the 87th and 91st minutes from Man of the Match Stephen Doyle, to snatch victory from last year’s finalists and fellow Senior League side Liffey Celtic in front of a large crowd at the excellently prepared Mullarney Park, castledermot.
In a game of the proverbial two halves Liffey Celtic opened brightly and found themselves 1-0 up after only ten minutes through a Darren Kilby strike. Infact they should have extended their lead ten minutes later when Kilby again threatened Jimmy Dunne’s goal but ballooned his effort over the bar from close range after Stephen Reidy’s first attempt rocketing off the upright. Three minutes later Darren Kilby again shot over when put through by Reidy with Dunne beaten.
Eleson were not without their early attempts too and on twenty four minutes Dean Bowers went narrowly wide from a perfectly weighted corner from Captain Ciaran Bowers.
Liffey also looked the stronger and eventually doubled their advantage on the half hour when a shot on goal was only half cleared by the Eleson rearguard and Phil McCoy poked home in a crowded area to make it 2-0. Disaster was to strike two minutes later for Eleson ,who could not seem to get to grips with Liffey’s slick passing, when Robbie Cullen powered home Liffey’s third following a trade mark long kick out from their keeper Kevin McDonnell.
Eleson had two late first half attempts to get back into the game through Dean Bowers in the forty first and forty fourth minutes well saved by McDonnell in the Liffey goal and the Newbridge side went in 3-0 up at the break and cruising although just before the break they lost their influential midfielder Stephen Reidy through injury and were taking nothing for granted.
Eleson United’s manager Mark Mus