First Prize of a Digital Camera, Sponsored by Worrells Kildangan went to Helen Hanlon. Second prize of an MP3 Player, sponsored by Kellys Nurney went to Pat O'Hara. €50 third prize went to Aoife Deering.
Thanks to everyone for supporting our club, to Worrells and Kellys for sponsoring the prizes, to Eurospar Kildare for allowing us sell tickets, to all the ticket sellers who gave up their time, and to Treasured Memories Printers in Newbridge who kindly sponsored the ticket printing.
Cúchulainn Gaels game against St. Edwards fell foul of the weather on Sunday, and with a number of absentees on Saturday our game against Grange did not go ahead.
Our next outing is at home against Ellistown, Sunday 7th at 11:00 am.
In the final action of the football year Kildangan played neighbours Ballykelly on Saturday Morning.
Sophie Carroll Rory McGrath Sean Fitzgerald Marita Clinton
Josh Burns Daniel Gilbert
Joe Cawley Cian Murtagh Cormac Finnegan Katelyn Kaye
Kildangan got off to a great start with some great passing and movement between Cian Murtagh, Daniel Gilbert and Josh Burns in the middle of the pitch. Ballykelly were very much involved as their Midfield started to stamp their authority on the game and they were unlucky not to be ahead at the end of the first Quarter, due to numerous wides.
Ballykelly started the second quarter on the front foot, great defending by Sean Fitzgerald, Rory McGrath, Sophie Carroll and Marita Clinton preventing Ballykelly from inflicting any damage. Cathal McKiernan played his part in Goal, making save after save. Ballykelly eventually got their reward when they scored a well taken goal from a free kick. Kildangan reacted positively, after some great play by Sean Fitzgerald in defence, he off loaded the ball to corner forward Katelyn Kaye and she was very unlucky not to score Kildangan’s first point of the game from a very difficult angle. Ballykelly continued to press for scores and they were rewarded after some great passing when they scored their second goal of the game and then added a point to end of the quarter.
In the third Quarter Kildangan began to pass the ball a lot smarter, resulting in more scoring chances. Great passing in the middle by Josh Burns and Daniel Gilbert resulted in Kildangans first score of the game with Josh slotting the ball over the bar. Joe Cawley, Katelyn Kaye and Cormac Finnegan continued to excel in this period and were very unlucky not to get their names on the score sheet. Cormac and Joe continued to make it very hard for Ballykelly and after some great skill from Finnegan in the corner he pulled the ball back for Josh to score his and Kildangan’s second score of the game.
After some excellent play by Katelyn Kaye she added a well taken point. Ballykelly again began to push forward and were rewarded with a third goal. It was only a matter of time before Ballykelly got another chance to score, but thanks to tenacious defending by both Cathal McKiernan and Sean Fitzgerald this was prevented.
The last quarter saw Kildangan push forward with conviction, and although there was some excellent football played and a lot of chance’s created, the only score of this quarter came from Daniel Gilbert as the Ballykelly defence stood firm and held out for a hard earned win.
The U13 Cuchulainn Gaels amalgamated teams of Kildangan & Athgarvan produced a first-rate display of football against Castledermot Friday evening in Ballykelly to claim the Division 2 title on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-06.
The first year of the combined teams of Athgarvan and Kildangan under the guise of Cuchulainn Gaels proved to be a very successful one as they captured the South Board Div 2 Final, played in Ballykelly on Friday night 15th October.
This game had it all; pace, skill, excellent defending, well taken scores, but most of all it was played with great commitment and sportsmanship by both sides including the supporters, all involved are a credit to their clubs.
Castledermot were first off the mark with a well taken free from Gavin Keating, The Gaels bounced back when a Conor Hyland long range free close to the side line appeared to be going over for a point just dipped just under the Castledermot crossbar for a goal. This put the Gaels in the driving seat and further points by Hyland and Cormac O'Mahoney were soon added to by two well worked goals from Enda McSweeny who was set up nicely by Ryan Moran, and Conor Hyland who was given a peach of a pass on his chest from Robert Hanley. Credit to Castledermot, they worked tirelessly to get back in the game and were unlucky not to have two goals of their own, but to be denied by the Gaels net minder Dara Gilbert who was in tip-top form. Gavin Keating added a second point for his team from a free for Castledermot.
Just before the halftime whistle both David Craddock and Shane Smyth added two great individual points to give the Gaels an eleven point advantage at the break, 3-04 to 0-02.
Although with a mountain to climb, Castledermot started the second half as if their lives depended on it. Led by Aaron Murphy and Gavin Keating, Castledermot scored the first five scores of the restart, including two goals from Keating. The Castledermot team, showing great determination worked their way back into the game and were soon nipping on the heels of their opponents with the margin down to two points. The Gaels defence weathered the storm and started to come to grips with the increased pace of the game. Cuchulainn Gaels were soon in command again, as they drove forward to set up Shane Smyth and David Craddock who both added two points to give their side a six point cushion. Again Castledermot came surging forward and found the back of the Gaels net for a third time through Ryan O‘Neill. Aaron Murphy added a long range point to bring the margin back to two points. With the game in the melting pot, Cuchlainn Gaels went in search of scores, two well worked points from Conor Hyland and Robert Hanley putting the Gaels four clear. As the seconds ticked towards the final whistle, Castledermots Aaron Murphy fielded the ball in the middle of the field and ran straight for goal, was fouled just inside the square and awarded a penalty. Murphy dusted himself down and stepped up to hit a bullet of a shot right of the goalie, but again Dara Gilbert was up to the task and pulled off another superb save to keep his side in the game. A final throw of the dice for Castledermot tapered off wide as Referee David Cody sounded the final whistle and Cuchulainn Gaels held on to claim the title.
The game itself exemplified everything that is great about Gaelic football; every single player gave 100% effort to try to secure victory.
Cuchulainn Gaels; Dara Gilbert, Luke Barry, Dermot Hickey, Danny Leahy, Garry McGuire, Josh Clinton, Caoimhin Doolin, Conor Hyland (2-2), Cormac O’Mahony (0-1), Enda McSweeny (1-0), Shane Smyth (0-3), Robert Hanley (0-1), David Craddock (0-3), Michael Howard & Ryan Moran. Subs; Stephen Creaton, Evan Halford, Jordan Kaye, Cillian Brown, Jamie Darcy, Eoin Hyland & David Foxe.
Castledermot;, Tommy Lyons, Ben Kelly, Simon Byrne, Robert Brown, Arron Roche, James Kirwan, Aaron Murphy (0-2), Gavin Keating (2-3), David Kelly, Aidan Hickey (0-1), Dan Gray, Ronan Dooley, Richard Wall, James Doran. Subs; Kevin Kelly, Ryan O’Neill (1-0) Dylan Walsh & Gareth Horan.
Following a good run in the League, Kildangan Nurney Under 13 girls play Sarsfields in the Division 1 Semi-Final, provisionally fixed for Wednesday evening in Sarsfields. This also means that the girls retain division 1 status for next year.
A place in Sunday's semi final was not to be for the Gaels as they came up against a very strong Sarsfields team on Friday night and had to play second fiddle all the way. The saying that goals win games was certainly the case as Sarsfields put no less than seven pass their opponents to run out comfortable winners.Although well beaten this was a step in the right direction for the Gaels, and long-term the experience can only be beneficial for them to be playing at a higher level. They can now look forward to the South Board final and can be proud of their achievements this year.
Scorers for the Gaels; Cormac O'Mahony 0-2, Ryan Moran 1-0, Conor Hyland 0-2, David Craddock 0-1, Michael Howard 1-0, Caoimhan Doolin 0-1 and Enda Mc Sweeney 0-1.
A place in Sunday's semi final was not to be for the Gaels as they came up against a very strong Sarsfields team on Friday night and had to play second fiddle all the way. The saying that goals win games was certainly the case as Sarsfields put no less than seven pass their opponents to run out comfortable winners.
Ballykelly got off to a good start with two early goals and looked like they were going to run away with the game. However, Sean Callan, Jack Foxe, Jordan Fortune and Oran Phelan battened down the hatches in the Kildangan defence and prevented the home team from inflicting further damage. A Niamh Doran goal just before the break was just what Kildangan needed as the half time whistle sounded.
Sarah Walsh’s move to midfield proved a huge success, as she won lots of ball around the middle and moved it well while also knocking over a good point. Eoin Murphy hit two superb goals and Robert McGrath twice came forward to score points as Kildangan narrowed the gap to just two points. Kildangan tried hard to get a goal to win it, but the Ballykelly defence stood firm and held out for a hard earned win.
DJ, O’Toole, Josh Burns, Rory Kenna, Ben Keogh, Tadgh Sheerin and Eoghan OFearghail were other star performers for Kildangan in this game.
A return fixture has been arranged for Kildangan with a date and time yet to be agreed.
Kildangan travelled into Fr. Prendergast Park in Monasterevin on Saturday morning last (11th) to take part in the home side’s annual tournament.The 6’s won in fine style with Michael Daly, Joey Walsh, Cian O’Dowd and Cian Reilly some of the many Kildangan stars on the day.
The 8’s showed some great promise for the future with a great display of skill, speed and teamwork. Rory Kenna, Keelin Morgan, Lorcan Hyland, Sean Fitzgerald and Josh Burns were strongest in the first half as Kildangan raced into a strong lead. Daniel Gilbert gave an outstanding second half performance and rattled the Monasterevin crossbar no fewer than three times before netting a well taken goal as he drove his team on. Thomas Browne capped a great display with a fine point near the end while Rory McGrath, Colm Coughlan and Cian Murtagh did some great defending.
Special mention must go to Kildangan goalkeeper, Ben Keogh who had a superb game between the posts limiting the Monasterevin attack to just a single goal.
A big cheer greeted the final whistle and Ben Keogh accepted the cup on behalf of his team mates.
Many thanks to Monasterevin GFC for inviting us to take part in their tournament again this year.
In the South Board Competition played at Athgarvan 15th September. Cuchulann Gaels captain Dermot Hickey won the toss and opted to play with the strong wind and it proved to be the winning of the game as they racked up 1-6 to Eadestown's 0-1 in the 1st half.
Cuchulann Gaels knew that they had a different game ahead of them in the second half as Eadestown used the wind and sent in the long ball and were soon on level terms, and looked like winning the game. Cuchulann Gaels found scores hard to come by playing into the breeze, but in fairness to them they dug deep when it mattered and got their just rewards. As the game entered the last 10 minutes Luke Barry was sprung from the bench and made his first touch count as he got on the end of a rebound to hit the Eadestown net and gave the home side the cushion that they needed.
In fairness to Eadestown the game was tighter than the score suggest and they lost nothing in defeat.Interestingly next up is Eadestown again this Sunday in the All County Competition and this will be another tight affair as Eadestown have home advantage.
Scorers for the Gaels; Ryan Moran 1-1, Evan Halford 0-1, Conor Hyland 0-3, Robert Hanley 0-2 & Luke Barry 1-0
Under 13 All County League - played at Athgarvan.06/09/2010
Cuchulainn Gaels raised their game on the resumption, as our defence tightened up, and with the midfield now gaining the upper hand, quick accurate ball in to the forwards soon reaped rewards as we outscored Celbridge 4-6 to one goal. The end result could easily have different, only for the Cuchulainn Gaels's net minder Dara Gilbert, who made a brilliant save from a penalty to deny the visitors a badly needed score at a vital stage in the match.
Great credit is due to Celbridge who battled all the way to the end and never gave up.
Scorers for the Gaels; Ryan Moran 2-0, David Craddock 0-4, Conor Hyland 1-3, Cormac O'Mahony 1-1 & Robert Hanly 0-2.
Having defeated Monasterevan two days earlier Cuchulainn Gaels suffered their first loss of the season in the South Board competition. Monasterevan were the hungrier team on the night and obviously used their recent defeat to Cuchulainn Gaels as motivation. The game was nip and tuck for most of the way as Monasterevan led by the minimum at half time and that's as close as it got with the visitors pushing on late in the 2nd half to win with 5 points in hand. For Cuchulainn Gaels Dermot Hickey, Shane Smyth and Gary Mcguire were solid in defense, Cormac Mahony and Caoimhin Doolin worked tirelessly in the middle of the park and although the forwards found scores hard to come by they never gave up.
Scorers on the night for CCGS were Conor Hyland 1-4, David Craddock O-1 & Tom Berney 0-1.
Kildangan look to have secured a quarter final spot with a one point win against Maynooth. This was real championship football with both teams playing for survival in the championship. A tight and entertaining game, Kildangan played some of their best football of the year.
Kildangan opened our Championship campaign with a 1 point loss to Straffan. This means a win is required in the next round in order to qualify for the quarter final. The game, played in Two Mile House on Monday evening, the 9th August was an exciting encounter. Kildangan missed a brace of points in the first five minutes before opening our account with a John Miller point after 10 minutes. At this stage we were stringing the moves together, with full forward John Nealon causing a lot of trouble for the Straffan full back, along with corner men John Miller and Brendan Abbey. Kildangan had plenty of chances to score, however on occasion the accuracy of the final shot was poor, with a lot of bad wides. We were just about keeping in touch, thanks to further points from John Miller, Stephen Quigley and John Nealon. Nealon showed great alertness when a ball rebounded from the Straffan Crossbar to score the first goal of the game just before the break. This left the half time score Kildangan 1:04, Straffan 0:05
The second half followed a similar pattern with both teams struggling for scores, despite good outfield play. Then, Kildangan gained the initiative when a penalty was awarded for a foot block, following a decisive burst from the 40' by Stephen Quigley. The ball was sent crashing to the Straffan net by Pauric Casey to put four between the sides; Kildangan 2:06 to Straffans 8 points.
Sensing that the game was slipping away, Straffan dug deep. A swift move down the left wing found the Straffan corner forward in acres of space with only the Kildangan keeper, Liam MacCormack to beat. In truth the goalie had no chance of stopping the shot from point blank range. This left a point between the teams with Kildangan to the good. It was Straffans turn to assert their dominance and this they did, by taking some well worked points, including a superb fisted effort from all of 30 yards. Kildangan added two more points to their tally to leave the score at the final whistle Kildangan 2:08, Straffan 1:12, a one point win for Straffan.
Despite the loss, there is encouragement to be taken from the fact that we never gave up trying, despite things not going to plan.
Straffan as always showed great resilience when the game looked to be slipping away from them. Division 5 winners this year, they will be a match for anyone.
The club extends our sincerest sympathies to the relatives and friends of the Kelly family following the death of Pat Kelly. A hard working and dedicated employee of Kildare Chilling for the best part of 40 years, Pat was well liked and respected by all who came into contact with him. He was well known through his many years involvement with Kildangan GAA, firstly as a corner back during the 1970s and 80s, and in latter years as a dedicated follower of the Green and Gold. Pat never missed a match, home or away, and was a familiar figure at training sessions where he always kept a watchful eye on proceedings. For his entire life he has been a staunch supporter of Kildangan GAA and had an unrivalled love of Gaelic Football.
Pat was proud to be a Kildangan man, he was especially proud to see his nephews’ line out for Kildangan. He will be sadly missed by the club and by all his friends in Kildangan. To his family we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences.
Ní beidh a leithéid arís ann
Kildangan GAA hosted our annual Cúl Camp last week, July 12th to 16th. With most Club’s reporting a drop in numbers this year we were expecting a little less than the total of 98 who attended last years Camp. However, on Monday morning the cars just kept on coming and we ended up with 111 children taking part.This made our Cúl Camp the biggest in the county; when you consider that there were also Camps in Moorefield, Allenwood and Maynooth that’s a real achievement!
Tadgh Fennin was on hand with a team of five coaches for the week, most of whom are fine players with the Athy senior football team. The children were most impressed to be coached by players such as Kildare Under 21 star Darroch Mulhall and James Eaton, a member of the Kildare Senior squad.
The weather forecast for the week had not been good, thankfully the rain stayed away, which made life much easier for everybody. The children received their gear bags on Monday and very smart looking new kit the following day.
In wrapping up on Friday afternoon the coaches selected the player from each group who they considered had the best attitude. These players received a voucher for Colgan’s Sport Shop, donated by Kildangan GAA. For the record, the winners were Cian Murtagh, Shannon Rowley, Sean Burke, Luke Barry and Chelsea Doyle. Well done to all.
Many thanks to Tadgh Fennin and his team of coaches who did a splendid job during the week. Thanks also to our Club Secretary Maureen Fitzgerald, who looked after the registration process and was on hand all week to help out. Thanks also to the parents who supervised the lunch breaks and to Tom Moran (Snr.) who had the place looking very tidy all week. Thanks also to Grace Nealon who assisted the coaches with the youngest age group.
The week was a great success; we have five new players registered with the Club. That’s the icing on the cake!
The Under 11’s put in their best performance of the League in their final game at home to Rheban on Thursday night.Kildangan v Rheban Under 11 League
The opening half was tight with both teams swapping points to leave it 0.3 apiece nearing the break. The Kildangan full back line of Aoibheann Scully, Daniel Cawley and Hannah White were outstanding during this period while Michael John Prendergast was having a great game between the posts.
As half time approached Kildangan were awarded a free for another bad tackle on Grace Dooley who had been causing lots of problems for the Rheban defence. Robert McGrath opted for a quick one and rattled the Rheban net to put his team 1.3 to 0.3 ahead at the break.
An early Rheban goal levelled it on the re-start and they added a point to go one ahead. Stephen Keogh, who worked tirelessly throughout, levelled it again and we were most unlucky not to score a goal after a great run by full forward Niamh Doran who was having an incredible game. Aoife Kelly, Lisa Joyce, Mark Dunne and Joey O’Sullivan were putting in a great effort to push Kildangan ahead and a late tackle on Eoghan O’Fearghaill was rewarded by a pointed free by Robert McGrath.
Rheban levelled again to leave it 1.5 apiece as the game entered the final minutes. Sarah Walsh and Lara Gilbert were outstanding during this period and both took heavy knocks, which were uncalled for at any level. Unfortunately for Kildangan, Rheban hit a well taken goal with time almost up. Stephen Keogh, Daniel Cawley, Joey O’Sullivan and Niamh Doran put a huge effort into the final minute and a late shot at goal from Robert McGrath was well held by the Rheban goalie as the final whistle sounded.
The Kildangan players deserve great credit for the superb effort they put into this game and the mentors could not have asked more of them. They played the game in a very sporting manner, as always, and showed great signs of improvement.
Wednesday evening last Kildangan Nurney under 12 girls played St’ Laurences in the Division 1 final, in what turned out to be a superb game of football. St’ Laurences won the game scoring 7:12 to Kildangan Nurneys 4:08, however the scoreline does not do justice to the tremendous effort that the Kildangan Nurney girls put in. The girls conceded an early goal from the throw in, however they worked their socks off to draw level and then get ahead, the half time score 2:06 to St Laurences, 3:07 to Kildangan Nurney.
St Laurences got the ideal start to the first half, Kildangan Nurney repeated the trick in the second, scoring a goal from the off. However, Kildangan Nurney could not sustain the tremendous pace they set in the first half and gradually St Laurences started to assert their dominance, drawing level and then going two points up. In a 7 minute blitz at the end of the half, St Laurences scored two goals and 3 points to put the game beyond Kildangan Nurneys’ reach.
Great credit is due to both teams and their mentors for the manner in which the game was played. Always fair, St Laurences had a bit more guile when the game was in the balance.
Teams don’t get to play in finals by accident, a lot of hard work and preparation was put in by the girls and their mentors, Mary Jo Merrins and Patsy Kelly.
The Kildangan Nurney squad was; Shaun Bond, Emily Cains, Chloe Carroll, Orla O’Donovan, Sarah Walsh, Sabrina Kennedy, Emily Connaughton, Lara Gilbert, Charolette Scully, Úna Higgins, Grace Dooley, Lauren Kelly, Gemma Merrins, Eilish Lambert, Nora Jane Prendergast, Katie Nealon, Aine Merrins, Emily Keegan, Rachel Gallagher, Niamh Doran, Sorcha Burke and Hannah White.
Well done to all, hopefully this is the first of many Division 1 finals
Nurney traveled over to us on a glorious Saturday morning to take part in an Under 7 and 9 Blitz.The Under 7 game was a great contest with Nurney just shading it.
Defenders Sean Fitzgerald, Cormac Finnegan, Ryan Fortune, Cian O’Dowd and Mark O’Donovan were stars of the first quarter for Kildangan as we fought hard to keep the Nurney attack from scoring.
Kildangan got on top in the second quarter with Rory McGrath, Joey Walsh, Thomas Browne and Joe Cawley dominating the midfield area. Oisin Irvin hit a wonderful goal just before the half time whistle to leave very little between the teams.
Marita Clinton, Alan Donoher and Caleb Schofield (playing in his first ever game in the Kildangan colours!) showed some great skill in the third quarter.
Sophie Carroll, Cameron Rowan and Holly Kenna played some great stuff in the final quarter as Kildangan fought hard for victory. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be Kildangan’s day with Nurney hanging on for a draw, however, t a great mornings fun was had by all.
Kildangan Nurney Under 12 girls have qualified for a Division 1 semi-final place.
With one round of games remaining, the final placings will be decided by Friday weeks (11th June) game against Leixlip. This is a great achievement for the girls as division 1 is hotly contested with teams such as Maynooth, Sarsfields and St'Laurences vying for top spot. Well done to all.
With 7 Games played Kildangan are placed mid table. Next Fixture is Monday 31st at 7:30 in Carbury.
GAA would like to pay tribute and say a big thank you to the people
of Kildangan for the help and assistance in the opening of More
O'Ferrall Park last Friday May 21st. To everyone who helped on the day;
non members, former members and current members.
To the members of the Kildare County Board who's help and advice was invaluable to us during our development.
To Seamus Howlin, Cathaoirleach of the Leinster Council of the GAA for taking the time to pay us a visit and open our grounds.
To the nieces of Roderic More O'Ferrall for travelling such a distance to honour the memory of their uncle.
To the Wexford and Kildare teams who provided a memorable game of football, thank you for being such a huge part of our day.
To the local landowners who kindly provided parking facilities, your contribution did not go unnoticed.
Monasterevin played Suncroft in the Community Games U12 County Final, Thursday evening in Kildangan. Monasterevin dominated from start to finish and had the game won by half time. Eight Kildangan players featured on the team. Well done to Grace Dooley, Sarah Walsh, Katie Nealon, Lauren Kelly, Chloe Kelly, Orla O'Donovan, Shauna Bond and Lara Gilbert.
Monasterevin dominated from start to finish and had the game won by half time. Eight Kildangan players featured on the team. Well done to Grace Dooley, Sarah Walsh, Katie Nealon, Lauren Kelly, Chloe Kelly, Orla O'Donovan, Shauna Bond and Lara Gilbert.