Kildangan AGM was held on Sunday 30th November in Kildangan Hall at 5:00 pm.Secretary's Report
Club Secretary Claire Quigley in her report, highlighted the great achievement of the senior team in winning the league title.
Chairman John Nealon then gave his address where he focused on the successful year the Club had with the increase in both adult and juvenile membership.
He paid tribute to the underage mentors for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
There then followed the election of the Club Officers and the following committee were elected:
Honorary President; Stan Worrell
Chairman; John Nealon
Secretary; Maureen Fitzgerald
Vice Chairman; Declan McGrath
Assistant Secretary; Claire Quigley
Treasurer; Fiona Whelan, Kathleen Sexton
PRO; Michael Higgins.
Players Representative; Tom Moran
County Board Representative; Charlie Sexton
Club Registrar: Fiona Whelan
Assistant PRO; John Miller
Committee; Jim Miller, Eileen Miller, John Kilbride, Gabriel Murtagh, Willie Joe Heffernan, Norrie Quigley, Tom Forde and Caroline Carroll..
Thanks to all those who help out in the club, without this help, success would not be achievable.
The Kildangan Nurney girls, pictured above, found the going tough against Kill, especially in the second half. Kill dug deep to try to pull back a four point half-time deficit, and but for the good work of the Kildangan Nurney backs, Kill would have won.
Deirdre Harris presents the cup to the winning captains
In what was a thrilling encounter, Kildangan Nurney were victims to a last minute goal by Ellistown having fought their way back from a 5 point half-time deficit.
This was a very sporting encounter, the players overcoming a wet and heavy pitch to produce a fine display of football.
Kildangan Nurney girls traveled to Moorefield Saturday morning and after a great game of free flowing football emerged victorious on a scoreline of 4:03 to Moorefields 3:03
We had our club day in the Cush Inn on Sunday 9th November. Following on from the presentation of medals, the kids had a great evenings entertainment at an underage disco. It was very heartening to see so many people attending, with the highlight being the great display of dancing put on by the kids. Ger Harrison was DJ for the evening and he made sure that the entertainment was first class.
Thanks to Kildare star, Pauric O Neill for coming along and making the presentations and being so patient signing autographs. Thanks are also due to the Cush Inn for sponsoring the food.
Kildangan Nurney Girls Under 13's secured a comprehensive win against Round Towers Sunday Morning.In very cold, wet and windy conditions great credit should go to both teams for producing an excellent game of football. This win secures the girls a semi-final spot in the autumn league-a worthwhile performance considering this is the first year we have fielded a team at this level
Kildangan under 8’s and 6’s braved icy conditions to take part in a series of challenge games in Monasterevin on Saturday. Both teams were well entertained by the hosts, and some lovely football was on display by both clubs. This finishes the football for the year and the children will have a well earned rest before training resumes next spring
Not to be outdone by their younger club-mates, the Under 13’s recorded a comprehensive win against Ballymore on Sunday morning. Played in lovely winter sunshine, the large crowd was treated to a wonderful display of football by both teams.Ballymore will consider themselves unlucky not to at least register a score, as individually they had many fine footballers, and up to half time the sides were evenly matched.
The girls play their last league game against Round Towers in Nurney, Sunday 9th at 12 Noon
Caoimhe O Fearghail was player of the match in this division 3 league game played in Kill, Monday evening.Despite the heavy ground Kildangan Nurney raced into an early lead thanks to great work by the midfield pairing of Caoimhe O'Fearghail and Chantelle Carroll. Corner forward Gemma Merrins proved to be a real thorn in the side of the Kill defence, with some very incisive running. The half time score of 1:02 to 0:0 did not flatter Kidangan Nurney.
Kill got more into the game in the second half, proving a constant threat to the Kildangan Nurney goal, once again goalie Orla Fahey kept a clean sheet, helped in no small part by a great defensive display. Emma Fogarty at full back was strong on the ball throughout, making many fine clearances.
Kill in this half added three more points, Kildangan Nurneys single point a beauty from the boot of Orla Nolan.
Kildangan Under 13’s went down to a much physically stronger Ardclough side in the League semi-final on Sunday morning. Ardclough made full use of the strong wind in the first half leaving Kildangan with a mountain to climb in the second period. Despite the best efforts of Brandon Foley, Grace Nealon, Jack Hickey and Robert Hewison, Kildangan could not manage to forge a win, but gave a very good account of themselves in the second half.
Kildangan were rocked by an early goal in the opening minutes before points from Robert Hanley and Robert Hewison left just the minimum between the sides. With the play swinging from end to end at a ferocious pace, Round Towers found the Kildangan net again, Conor Hyland replied quickly with a superb point to leave his team three points down at half time. With Stuart Duffy and Josh Francis outstanding in the wing back positions, Kildangan began to dominate the game but found the Round Towers defence a tough nut to crack. Another Towers goal left them five points up but two Robert Hanley frees left just a goal in it. Caoimhe O’Fearghaill then hit a great goal for Kildangan to level it and despite dominating the final five minutes, Kildangan could not get the all important winner. Dara Gilbert made a point blank save in the dying moments to save Kildangan from defeat before the final whistled ended a wonderfully entertaining game. The result means both teams finish unbeaten and share the coveted top spot on the table
Suncroft proved too strong for Kildangan Nurney in this Autumn League Division 4 game, played in Suncroft Wednesday evening. Kildangan Nurney were always chasing the game, following a goal conceded at the start. Although winning plenty of ball in the midfield and defence, Kildangan Nurney found it difficult to link with the forwards, mainly due to the tight marking of the Suncroft backs. The half time score of 2:05 to a solitary point looked ominous for Kildangan Nurney.
On the turnaround, the girls started to play the football they are capable of. Ciara Merrins scored some wonderful long range points, a point by her sister Aine also helping the cause. Caoimhe was also playing with a spring in her step, and on more than one occasion threatened the Suncroft goal, only to be denied by some fantastic Suncroft saves.
The second half display showed what fighting spirit this team has, however on the night Suncroft just had that extra bit of guile to see them through. This is the first defeat in the autumn league for this team, and if they continue to play with the spirit and determination shown in the second half, they will be a match for anyone
Kildangan Nurney girls made the short trip to Ellistown Saturday morning where they managed to overcome the home side on a scoreline of 5:08 to Ellistowns 2:07. Under 11 Girls win against Ellistown
The two sides were evenly matched in the first half, Kildangan Nurney possibly flattered by a one point lead, as Ellistown made more of the running in the first half. On the turnaround the Kildangan Nurney backs marked the Ellsitown danger women far tighter, limiting them 4 points, while the Kildangan Nurney midfielders and forwards got more into the game.
Kildangan Under 11's maintained their unbeaten run in the Autumn League with a 1-10 to 0-6 win against Milltown Thursday night.It was point for point throughout the first half with both sides hitting some good scores in the wet and windy conditions. Kildangan held a two-point lead at half time that Milltown cut to the minimum on the restart. Conor Hyland and Robert Hanley pushed Kildangan into a four point lead late in the second half before Jordan Kaye booted the ball to the net following a goalmouth scramble to leave the final score Kildangan 1.10, Milltown 0.6.
Luke Devine and Michael Howard performed brilliantly in the Kildangan defence while Ryan Moran and Robert Hewison were outstanding up front. This result sets up a final meeting with Round Towers on Thursday evening next with both sides having gone through the League unbeaten.
Kildangan Nurney Girls Under 13's put in a great second half performance to overcome a two points half-time deficit against Sarsfields Wednesday evening.Under 13 Girls League-Kildangan Nurney 4-5, Sarsfields 2-2
It was well into the second half before the girls got motoring, as they found the going tough against a far stronger and more physical Sarsfields team. The half time score of 1-2 to 1-0 was a fair reflection on the play as Kildangan Nurney played the ball downfield on numerous occasions only to see the ball mopped up by the Sarsfields backs.
The girls were far cuter in the second half and instead of launching the ball into the Sarsfields square played to their skills by working the ball in from the wings. This proveda far more productive ploy as Sarsfields had no answer to the superior skill set of the Kildangan Nurney ladies. The final score of 4-5 to 2-2 means the girls are unbeaten in the league this year.
Kildangan Under 11's were out thursday night against Monasterevin in round two of the autumn league.Under 11's continue League run with another win.
Kildangan raced into an early lead, and aided by a strong wind were out of sight by half time, leading by a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-0. Monasterevin came more into the game in the second half, however Kildangan continued the great link play that worked so well in the first half. Final score Kildangan 2-11 Monasterevin 2-3
Kildangan Nurney girls continued their winning ways this week , with victories against Moorefield and Robert Emmetts in the autumn leagues.Girls Football Update
Both games took place on Tuesday night. The under 11's were at home against Moorefield, where they recorded a fine win, 4-4 to Moorefields 1-2.
Under 15's were away to Robert Emmetts, where they secured a five point win.
Kildangan Under 8’s travelled to Monasterevin on Saturday to take on the home team in a Go-Games Blitz.The 6’s/7’s game was a very entertaining affair with Kildangan proving to be that bit stronger. The improvement in this group of players throughout the year has been remarkable and we saw great performances from Lorcan Hyland, Conor O’Neill, Shauna Sexton and Ben Keogh.
The 7’s/8’s game was evenly balanced with Kildangan just about having the edge over their hosts. Both sides hit some great scores and Kildangan defended well, especially in the closing stages. Sarah Walsh, Eoin Murphy, Robert McGrath, Jack Kenna and Lauren Muldowney were some of the Kildangan stars on the day.
Kildangan Underage hosted a very distinguished visitor Tuesday evening when Ross Munnelly took an underage training session. Assisted by underage coaches and mentors, Ross put the 10's to 13's through their paces. Ross took time to sign autographs, give individual coaching to the kids, and a few of the adult coaches.
Its very hearting when an inter-county star takes time out to look after the grassroots, especially when it means travelling a distance.
Thanks are due to Jimmy Hyland for arranging the visit, hopefully the first of many.
Friday 26th September 2008 was a historic day for Kildangan GAA when the underage members finally got to train in our new field. Its a wonderful facility, the playing surface is as flat as a billiard table.
The Under 13’s travelled to Rheban on Sunday morning for the penultimate round of the League. Having started well Kildangan fell behind to two goals in succession and struggled to find a way back. Brandon Foley, Edward Bond, Conor Hyland, Michael Howard and Jack Hickey gave their all from start to finish but just couldn’t do enough to forge a Kildangan win.
Registering 6-6 to 1-0 is an impressive way to win any game. What makes it even better is that this is the first year Kildangan Nurney fielded a team at this level. Dominant throughout the park, but especially in midfield, the girls showed some wonderful touches on their way to the win.Kildangan Nurney
Well done to everyone.
This was the second meeting of these teams, having first met during the first during the summer. The previous encounter was a much tighter affair, this time out Kildangan raced into an early lead and were out of sight at half time. The final scoreline of 6-10 to 1-2 is probably an accurate reflection of Kildangans dominance all over the park.
A highlight of the Kildangan display was the link play from defence to attack with some outstanding moves throughout the game. Well done to Chantelle Carroll, Ryan Moran, Robert Hanley, Jordan Kaye and Dara Gilbert who gave great performances for Kildangan.
Many locals will have been saddened to witness the demise of the old pitch in Kildangan. Scene of many great and exciting games down through the years, the field was a wonderful setting for football, with many fine mature beech and chestnut trees. With the new development coming on stream next spring, things will indeed be brighter for the many underage players who have come on board. We had our first "unofficial" training session on the new pitch Friday evening, and everyone was very impressed with the wonderful surface and the amount of space compared to our previous location.
Kildangan Nurney Under 13's continued their good league form with a comprehensive win against Castledermot.In what was a very one sided game, Kildangan Nurney Girls recorded a comprehensive victory against Castledermot Wednesday evening. This is only the second game for this group of players, and they showed great team work and cohesion in overcoming Castledermot.
Kildangan Nurney girls opened their league campaign with a win against Ellistown, played in Ellistown Wednesday Night
A depleted Kildangan Nurney Girls under 11's team went down by a two point margin 1-2 to 1-5, in Allenwood on Saturday.
After a wonderful summer where the Junior B's annexed the League Title, the injuries finally caught up on Kildangan, who were defeated by Maynooth on a scoreline of 2-11 to Kildangan 1-9.Kildangan were first to score and were 5 points up before Maynooth registered a score. Midway through the first half, Midfielder Pauric Casey went down under a heavy challenge, and retired concussed. Maynooth brought a physicality to the encounter that Kildangan struggled to match, especially in midfield, where Maynooth dominated.
The half time scoreline of 0-6 to 0-7 in favour of Kildangan was to prove too narrow cushion when on the resumption Maynooth added a goal to their tally. The re-introduction of Pauric Casey gave Kildangan renewed hearth, especially when Casey scored a goal following a scrambled clearance by the Maynooth backs. Casey added a point from out wide on the 45, followed minutes later by a wonderful Stephen Quigley point, well taken under pressure. Then disaster struck for Kildangan when a high dropping ball decieved keeper John Nealon and ended up in the back of the Kildangan net. Maynooth added a few more points as the game slipped from Kildangans Grasp to end the game on al score of 2-11 to Kildangans 1-9.
Our field day fell victim to the terrible rain that fell Sunday. Thanks to all the people who baked cakes, donated bottles and helped organise things.
Kildangan Nurney ran a very successful Under 10's blitz, Saturday 13th Sept. Teams from Naas, St Conleths, Portlaoise (Laoise) and Kildangan Nurney. Great fun was had by all the children (over 50), some very exciting and skilful football was on display and as the rain stayed away for once, everyone came away happy.
In what was a horrible night for football, Kildangan put in a spirited second half display to earn a deserved draw against Rheban. The only winner on the night were the elements, as wind and rain swept over the Larries pitch. The result is enough to guarantee Kildangan a quarter final spot in the championship.
Kildangan 1-16, Straffan 4-8. Its not often a team scores 1-16 and loses, but such was the Under 13’s fate against Straffan Sunday morning. Straffan won by a single point, scoring 4 goals and 8 points. Caoimhe O’Fearghail was unlucky when denied a goal in the dying minutes, others to play well were brothers Philip and Tadgh Ryan, Robert Hanley and Jack Hickey.
Kildangan under 10's ended their run in the league with a smashing win against Two Mile House, scoring 3-9 to TMH's 2-6. This result left Kildangan runners up in their division with 7 wins out of 8 games.A thrilling game against Two Mile House brought Kildangans league campaign to an end. Winning all bar one of their games in the League proved what a promising group of children these are. This was a very competitive league, with only a kick of a ball between any of the teams. A feature of the league was the improvement in skill levels of the younger players over the course of the campaign.
Just a point separated the teams mid way through the first half when full forward Luke Barry started a goal rush scoring Kildangan’s first. Minutes later TMH replied with a well taken goal but Stephen Keogh replied for Kildangan almost immediately. From the kick out the visitors struck again before a late Ryan Moran point left Kildangan four points up at the break. Things could have been much different only for Kildangan goalkeeper Michael John Prendergast who performed heroics to keep his side in the game.
Kildangan pulled away in the second half with points from Robert Hanley and Ryan Moran and a thunderbolt goal from Josh Francis after some great work by Daniel Cawley. Luke Barry switched to defence at half time and had an outstanding game alongside Robert McGrath and Jamie Kearns. Many others shone in a great team performance including Orla O’Donovan, Una Higgins and Eoin Hyland.
Junior B Championship, Round 1, Kildangan 2-15, Rathcoffey 0-6 This was something of an anti-climax following the excitement of the league final. Kildangan started the sharpest and were 1-8 up before Rathcoffey opened their account with a point on the 12-minute mark. The goal, scored by Stephen Quigley, was the highlight of the first half, as he skinned a couple of Rathcoffey defenders before lashing the ball to the net. The half time score of 1-10 to Rathcoffeys 0-2 was an indication of Kildangan’s dominance-a second goal was disallowed for a square ball. The first half was a tour de force for Quigley who had a personal tally of 1-7; others to score were Robbie Murray, Brendan Abbey and Johnny Murray.
Kildangan went to sleep for a period in the second half, allowing Rathcoffey to increase their point tally to 5, before Rory Jocob seized the initiative, soloed the length of the field and popped the ball over the bar. This seemed to re-invogirate Kildangan, who once re-established their dominance. Stephen Quigley, Brendan Abbey, John Murray and Robbie Murray added further scores, an additional point from Rathcoffey left the full time score 2-15 to 0-6. The goal by John Murray was the result of great interplay between Murray and Gerry Doran.
Neither team can take much from this game, Kildangan will know that there is a lot more work to do to advance further in this competition, Rathcoffey were not as bad as the scoreline suggests.
This is the first year we have had an Under 13's team, some recent results show what a promising bunch they are.Sunday morning 24th August saw the Under 13’s take the field against Athgarvan. This was the first league game at this age level for a Kildangan team. Unfortunately we went down by 5 points on the day, highlight for Kildangan were great displays by Dermot Hickey, Brandon Foley and full forward Grace Nealon, who finished with a personal tally of 3 goals and a point. The following Sunday, Ardclough travelled down, this time Kildangan were much more competitive, and earned a draw.
This is a big step up for these players, as under 13's play on a full sized pitch, with regular goals. Allowing for tha fact that some of our players are still playing at under 10 level, these results show great promise for the future
Kildangan under 10's continued their fine run in the league with two fine wins.Kildangan under 10’s had a great win against Allenwood, scoring 5-8 to Allenwoods 4-2. It was a great team performance with some well-taken scores by Kildangan. The following Thursday Kildangan again travelled to Allen Parish, this time to take on Ballyteague. Again, a win was the result, this time on something of a cricket score. The last remaining league fixture is against Two Mile House, Thursday 4th Sept.
It took twenty minutes of extra time to separate the protoganist in this trilling culmination to the Tom Cross league in Athy Wednesday night.Tom Cross League Division 5 Kildangan 0-11, Suncroft 1-7
It took twenty minutes of extra time to separate the protagonists in this trilling culmination to the Tom Cross league in Athy, Wednesday night August 20th.
Suncroft started the brightest, with a point from Anthony Toft on the three minute mark. Kildangan were having serious difficulties getting the ball past centre field, where Suncroft dominated thanks to their midfield pairing of Stephen Quinn and Noel Birchall. Kildangan had no answer, with the backs under serious pressure from the amount of high ball being sent in. The Suncroft half forwards were creating serious problems for Kildangan, only for Suncrofts inaccuracy in front of the posts they could have had the game wrapped up by half time.
Kildangan finally opened their account on 7 minutes, with a point from Stephen Quigley-at this stage Suncroft had three points to their name, two scored by half back Aaron Gaughan.
Midway through the half, Kildangan started to come into the game, points by Stephen Quigley and Tom Foxe bringing them level.
With 10 minutes to the break, Kildangan suffered a blow when full-back Declan McGrath retired with a knee injury, following a clash with Suncroft full forward Christy Brennan. Suncroft added two more points to leave it 5 points to 3 at half time.
On the turn-around Kildangan started with purpose, Stephen Quigley getting a point within two minutes. Liam McCormack added another minutes later, and the sides were again level. Kildangan were playing with flair, passing the ball with great accuracy. Suncrofts midfield dominance had faded somewhat, caused mainly by Kildangan switching Tom Moran from full forward to the centre. Partnered by Pauric Casey, Moran’s height and strength made it a far more even contest. Kildangan’s backs also made up for their first half lethargy by playing like men possessed. Time and again Suncroft worked the ball up the field only to be denied by ferocious Kildangan defending, David Lawlor in particular leading by example.
Twenty minutes in, Suncroft got their first score of the half, a point by wing forward Danny Whelan. Kildangan at this stage were leading by three, Quigley having added two more points, Pauric Casey one. Then a harmless looking ball was sent in by Suncroft, which looked to be heading for the corner flag on the right. Sunroft corner forward Martin Stafford showed great speed in beating the ball to the line. Stafford floated a beauty of a pass to Gary McNally, lurking on the edge of the Kildangan square. McNally rounded a couple of Kildangan defenders before driving the ball low and hard past Kildangan keeper John Nealon to put Suncroft in front by a point, with six minutes left.
It was edge of the seat stuff, no quarter being given or asked by either team. With minutes remaining Kildangan won a free, 45 metres out near the sideline. From an difficult angle, Stephen Quigley floated the ball over the bar to send the game to extra time.
The first period of extra time was marked by an absence of scoring, neither team prepared to concede the advantage. Both sets of backs were dominant, tackling with a ferocity more akin to a championship final. Kildangan looked the fitter, however, they were unable to register a score, sending several balls wide. Suncroft in this period lobbed a number of high balls into the Kildangan goalmouth-keeper Nealon dealt with them expertly.
The game entered the last period with the sides still deadlocked and both teams tiring. Under pressure, Kildangan midfielder Pauric Casey won a high ball on the edge of the Kildangan D, soloed the length of the field and popped the ball over the bar to put Kildangan one ahead. Minutes later Casey tried the same trick, this time Suncroft were ready for him, blocking the ball at the expense of a 45. From the free kick, centre back Colin Christie, floated the ball into the Suncroft square, where it bounced through a pair of Suncroft hands and over the bar to leave Kildangan two points ahead and time almost up.
Suncroft were behind, but they weren’t beaten. One last attack. Gary Synnott claimed the ball from the kick out, and launched a high one into the Kildangan 21. The ball was fouled by Kildangan, and from the free Suncroft scored to leave a solitary point in it. It was too little, too late. On the kick out, refree Fintan Barrett sounded the final whistle to leave Kildangan champions of Division 5.
This was an action-packed contest, the football played with passion and ferocity. Referee Fintan Barrett is to be applauded for allowing the game to flow, on a very slippery surface and especially when the lights came on.
Best for Kildangan was Stephen Quigley, others to stand out were the second half midfield pairing of Pauric Casey and Tom Moran, Rory Jacob and David Lawlor.
Suncrofts best were Aaron Gaughan, Anthony Toft, David Whelan and the midfielders Stephen Quinn and Noel Birchill.
Kildangan; John Nealon, Michael Sexton, Declan McGrath, Eric O’Hara, Richard Morgan, Colin Christie, Tom Foxe, Pauric Casey, Rory Jacob, Liam McCormack, Gabriel Murtagh, Stephen Quigley, John Murray, Tom Moran, Brendan Abbey
Suncroft; Eamonn Tyrell, Niall Corr, Barry Moran, Martin Furlong, Mark Brown, Garry Sinnott, Aaron Gaughan, Stephen Quinn, Noel Birchill, Tom Cleary, Anthony Toft, Gary McNally, Danny Whelan, Christy Brennan, Martin Stafford.
Referee Fintan Barrett
Kildangan secured a league final place with a comprehensive win over Kilcullen Monday Night. Kildangan led from the throw in, and although showing signs of ring rustiness, dominated the exchanges. Kilcullen, fielding a depleted team due to championship commitments were always on the back foot. Kildangans dominance was apparent from the off, and thanks to robust defending Kilcullen were kept to a solitary point in the second half
The first half scoring was opened by Kildangan’s Robert Hanley who bagged himself a brace of points, followed by a goal by Ryan Moran. Ellistown replied with a goal of their own through the boot of centre forward John Ferdia O’Brien. Following this, Kildangan corner forward Eoin Hyland, although surrounded by Ellistown backs, displayed great skill by scoring an excellent point with an overhead kick. Others to add to the Kildangan tally were Ryan Moran and Jamie Kearns. Ellistown went on to add to their score to leave it Ellistown 3-3, Kildangan 1-8 at half time.
The game opened up in the second half, Robert Hanley again proving to be a thorn in the side of the Ellistown defence. In the second half Robert scored 2 Goals and 2 points, and but for the close marking of Ellistown midfielder Louise Scully and full back Austin Hinds, this could have been a lot higher. Ellistown kept in touch by scoring 3 second half goals, to leave Kildangan winners on a full time score of 4-11 to Ellistown 6-3.
Best for Ellistown were full back Austin Hinds, Tom Byrne, Louise Scully, John Ferdia O’Brien, Conor Lindey and Thomas Scully.
For Kildangan, Robert Hanley was man of the match, followed closely by Ryan Moran, Charlotte Scully, Robert McGrath, and Josh Francis.
Well done to Robert McGrath who played on the Kildare Under 8 team in Croke Park last weekend in the Leinster Go-Games Blitz. Robert did Kildangan proud playing very well at midfield and in attack helping his team to a one point win. He then got to climb the famous steps onto the podium with his team and lift the cup. Certainly a memorable day for Robert.
The entertainment value was high in Kildangan last Wednesday evening as the home team defeated Grange on the incredible scoreline of 8.8 to 7.7.After a tight opening quarter Kildangan surged ahead to lead 4.6 to 1.3 at the break following great work by Luke Barry, Charlotte Scully and Daniel Cawley and goals from Ryan Moran and Shauna Bond.
On the resumption Robert Hanley put Kildangan further in front before the home team made a number of positional changes. Grange saw an opportunity and took it ruthlessly. Some great teamwork along with excellent individual performances from Jamie Cullen, Oran Bergin and Ross Dooley brought Grange back into the game and with time almost up the teams were level!
Robert Hanley pointed a free to put Kildangan back in front and on the stroke of full time Josh Francis fisted a dropping ball to the net, despite the best efforts of David Lambe in the Grange defence.
Well done to both teams who showed great determination and skill levels in a very enjoyable game.
Our Under 12s got their league campaign back on track with a couple of comprehensive victories.Under 12 League results
The Under 12’s got their league campaign back on track with a good win over St. Laurences at home last Tuesday evening.
Grace Nealon and Conor Hyland were dominant on the 40 for Kildangan while Caoimhe O’Fearghaill and goalkeeper Robert Hewison were in fine form as Kildangan went into the break 2.4 to 0.2 ahead.
Two early second half goals from Dermot Hickey put Kildangan firmly in control as they went on to win 4.7 to 0.3.
The following Tuesday saw the Under 12’s take on Moorfield, again in the league. Supporters were treated to a great game of football with excellent skills on display by both teams. Moorefield led a half time on a score of 2-4 to Kildangan’s 1-5. Points from Robert Hanley, Ryan Moran and a goal from Conor Hyland kept Kildangan on their rivals heels.
Moorefield were quickly out of the traps in the 2nd half and notched up some early scores to go further ahead and could have been out of sight only for Kildangan’s goalie, Dara Gilbert who made some great saves to keep Kildangan in contention. Kildangan dug deep and rallied to finish the stronger with goals from Robert Hewson, Jordan Kaye, Josh Francis and 2 more from Conor Hyland along with some great points from frees by Robert Hanley and capped off by close range point from Ryan Moran. This was a great team performance and a well deserved victory.
This was a real championship encounter, played at a blistering pace. Both teams, unbeaten in the league were chasing playoff places.
Kildangan Nurney Under 10 girls travelled to St. Laurences on Saturday morning where they took part in a blitz against the home club. Under 10's Girls Blitz.
Using the GO games format, the blitz produced some very free flowing and open football. The girls took part in two 7-a side competitions; followed by a ‘final’ which was 10 a side.
Kildangan Nurneys ‘A’ team was Una Higgins, Lauren Kelly, Charolette Scully, Sarah Walsh, Orla O’Donovan, Shauna Bond and Nora Jane Prendergast,
The ‘B’ team was made up of Aoibhinn Scully, Laura McGrath, Grace Dooley, Hanna White, Niamh Murphy, Rhiona Little and Louise Fitzgerald.
Thanks are due to St Laurences for hosting what proved to be a well-organised and enjoyable competition.
Kildangan travelled to Robertstown on a very damp Sunday morning last to take on the home team in a game that had been postponed earlier in the week. An early Robert Hanley goal for Kildangan was cancelled out by two quick Robertstown goals following great work by Oliver Hogarty and Brendan Cassidy. With Kildangan still reeling, the home team struck the net twice more before a late Jamie Kearns goal and points from Robert Hanley left Kildangan 4.2 to 2.3 down at the break.
The second half was a ding-dong affair with Rachel Reidy and Natasha Logan doing great work for Robertstown while Charlotte Scully, Nora-Jane Prendergast and Una Higgins doing likewise for Kildangan. Both sides swapped goals before a great strike by Josh Francis brought Kildangan level with minutes left. Another Robert Hanley goal was again cancelled out and Robertstown scored what looked like the winning point before Ryan Moran popped up to goal for the visitors on the stroke of full time to give Kildangan a 6.5 to 6.3 win.
A special mention must go to both goalkeepers, Jamie Lyons (Robertstown) and Robert McGrath (Kildangan) who made some great saves in very poor conditions.
Kildangan, playing at home, overcame a strong Raheens challenge on Tuesday evening last, in the second round of the Under 12 league. Robert Hanley and Robert Hewison had Kildangan in front with early points but Aaron Winders and William McDonald replied for Raheens to leave just a point between the teams approaching half time. All was to change in the final minutes of the first half when Michael Dunne and Ryan Moran struck late goals to put Kildangan 2.3 to 0.2 ahead at the break.
On the resumption, Edward Bond scored a great individual goal to stretch Kildangan’s lead. James O’Byrne and Paul Quinn Fay pulled Raheens back into the game with some great link play and just six points separated the sides with a few minutes remaining and Raheens growing in confidence. Kildangan came with more late scores from Caoimhe O’Fearghail, Dermot Hickey and Conor Hyland to finish winners at 6.7 to 1.6
The Under 12’s travelled to Ellistown on Tuesday evening for the first round of the League and came away with a draw at 6.4 to 5.7.Goals were the order of the day, Kildangan scoring six to Ellistown’s five. Ellistown started brightest going two points up before a Conor Hyland goal brought Kildangan back into the game. Further goals from Michael Dunne, Marie Fitzgerald and Ryan Moran left Kildangan well in control but the home team struck the net again to remain just three points down at the break.
Goals from Luke Devine and Robert Hanley restored Kildangan’s lead, but Ellistown replied to remain just three points behind with time almost up. A late Ellistown free dropped into the danger zone and as the Kildangan full back line failed to clear the ball was booted to the net for the equalising score. Probably a fair result in a very entertaining game, in which both teams showed great form.
Edward Bond, Stuart Duffy and Caoimhe O’Fearghail were others to feature well for Kildangan.
Kildangan Under 10’s had a great Win against old rivals Athgarvan in the First round of the league.Athgarvan went 1.2 up within minutes as Kildangan struggled to come to terms with their much bigger opponents. As the home team gradually got into the game the scores followed and a Ryan Moran goal left Kildangan just two points down at half time.
Some good point taking by Lauren Kelly and Robert Hanley put Kildangan ahead before two Athgarvan goals left them two points up with little time remaining. The last few minutes were a joy to watch for Kildangan supporters as the determination of their team was rewarded with a Robert Hanley goal, following great work by Luke Barry and Ryan Moran.
A hard fought 2.9 to 3.4 win for Kildangan in which goalkeeper Daniel Cawley, Orla O’Donovan, Dean Sexton and Charlotte Scully were best.
(c)Leinster Leader, Thursday 19th June 2008 It might have been just as well that this game was not as originally envisaged, the third of the morning finals as it required extra time to separate two evenly matched teams. Na Fianna had a few girls on a local boy's side playing an Under 11 final early in the day and KiIdangan Nurney sportingly agreed to an evening start to facilitate their opponents.The game was a close affair with Na Fianna having the edge early on and 3 early points from centre forward Michaela McKenna, who played in an Under 12 Final as far back as 2005, had them 3 to 1 in front after 5 minutes. Gradually Kildangan/Nurney battled their way into the game and they outscored their opponents 5 to 1 in the rest of the half with Lauren Kelly with 4 points and Caoimhe O'Fearghail with 1 adding to Ciara Byrne's early point while Michaela also scored hers and Na Fianna's 4th point, which left KiIdangan /Nurney 2 in front at the break.
Michaela got the first score of the second half and the sided exchanged pointed frees, Lauren Kelly having her effort replied to by Hannah Quirke. Them Michaela raced in for a Na Fianna goal only to have it instantly responded to in kind as Aine Merrins gathered a high one on the edge of the square and blasted home. With Kildangan/Nurney still holding their interval 2 point advantage late in the game Na Fianna powered forward with centre back Katie Dunne and midfielders Rachel Reidy and Nicole Cannon giving a great supply to the attack.
Michaela reduced the margin to 1 with a fine point and full back Amy Hart even came forward to try from a "45" but it was Hannah Quirke who eventually got the equaliser. Even them both sides had chances to win it with top scorers Michaela and Lauren missing late frees at either end and the hour ended with the sided level.
Into extra time Nicole Cannon and Michaela McKenna pushed Na Fianna 2 points in front with time running out and the teams tiring. Kildangan/Nurney launched one great attack into the stiffening wind. Ciara Byrne, now out in the half forward line, won the ball and sent Lauren Kelly away. Lauren spotted midfielder Caoimhe O'Fearghail stealing in and Caoimhe rounded a couple of backs and side-footed a great goal to put her side back in front with only a minute or so left but Na Fianna fired a long quick kick-out down field as their opponents celebrated the goal and Hannah Quirke was on the spot to equalise and then Rachel Reidy shot over the lead point from a difficult angle when under severe pressure.
Na Fianna owe a lot to a fine goalkeeper, Emma Quinn, had excellent backs in Amy Hart, Katie Dunne, Shannon Henry Danagher and tiny sub Tracey Jacob. The midfield of Rachel Reidy and Nicole Cannon worked their socks off while the stars in attack were Michaela McKenna, Hannah Quirke and Emma Dunne.
For Kildangan/Nurney goalkeeper Marie Fitzgerald and backs Orla Fahy, Grace Nealon and Aoife O'Fearghail excelled, the midfield pairing of Sinead Haigney and Caoimhe O'Fearghail were brilliant while Chantelle Carroll, Ciara Byrne and Lauren Kelly were outstanding.Tom Cross league round 9. Kildangan 2-5, Ellistown 0-6
Kildangan Under 13’s travelled to Rheban for Kildangan’s first ever game in this grade as we take another step forward with our Underage development. The home team proved much stronger from the outset and raced into an early lead despite the best efforts of Daragh Gilbert and Dermot Hickey in the Kildangan defence.
Phillip Ryan was Kildangan’s best throughout while Robert Hanley, Conor Hyland and Jordan Moorehouse were particularly strong in a much improved second half performance.
Kildangan Under 8’s put in a great display in a very entertaining game at home to local rivals Monasterevin on Saturday last. Kildangan played some great football in the first half with Robert McGrath and Joey O’Sullivan dominating midfield while the Kenna brothers were holding the defence together. Dylan Hanley, Stacey Bond and Conor O’Neill were causing problems for the Monasterevin defence while Lara Gilbert and Niamh Doran were showing fine form to leave Kildangan ahead at half time.
The second half belonged to the two Eoin’s, Murphy & O’Fearghaill who were fantastic throughout. Jack Foxe and Sarah Walsh formed a strong full back line while Daniel Gilbert, Katelyn Kaye and Paul Dunne were also stars in a great Kildangan performance.
Kildanagan Nurney Under 12's achieved top spot in the league, with a hard fought win over Maynooth, scoring 3-7 to Maynooths 1-5. This was a great team performance, as Maynooth got off to a flying start, scoring 1-1 before Kildangan Nurney realised the game was on. Slowly Kildangan Nurney worked themselves into the game, helped by great runs from defence by Grace Nealon and Emily Cains. Kildangan Nurney had numerous scoring opportunitys in the forst half, only to be shut out by a very tight marking Maynooth full back line. Despite this, the girls managed to come out on top, leading at half time by 1-4 to Maynooths 1-2.
Kildangan Nurney forwards started to assert themselves in the second half, helped in no small measure by the link play of half forwards Una Higgins and Aine Merrins. Caoimhe O'Fearghail, Lauren Kelly and Ciara Byrne piled on the scores to leave the full time score 3-7 to Maynooths 1-5.
Kildangan maintained their league position with a comprehensive defeat of Carbury, Monday evening in Carbury. Kildangan opened their account with two Keith Douglas points, followed by a brace of points by Stephen Quigley. Goals by Tom Moran, Keith Douglas and Pauric Casey and points by Pauric Casey, Robbie Murray (2), Brendan Abbey and Stephen Quigley left the half time score 3-9 to Carburys 1-1.
On the turnaround Kildangan kept up the pressure with two more Stephen Quigley points, followed by a goal by Kildangan corner back Tom Foxe. A Tom Moran point,sandwiched between two more Quigley points made the full time score 4-14 to 1-8
Stephen Quigley crowned a man of the match performance with a personal tally of 7 points, others to stand out were Pauric Casey, Keith Douglas, Tom Moran and full back Declan McGrath.
Kildangan Under 10’s had their first outing of the year with a very enjoyable challenge game away to neighbours Ellistown on Sunday morning. Ellistown went 1.2 ahead early on before Robert Hanley, Jamie Kearns and Eoin Hyland replied with points for Kildangan. Another Ellistown goal put them further ahead but Josh Francis and Ryan Moran hit points to keep Kildangan in the game. On the stroke of half time full forward Eoin Hyland showed his class to score a great individual goal to leave it level at half time at 1.6 to 2.3.
In the second half Kildangan took an eight point lead thanks to points from Lauren Kelly, Robert Hanley and Josh Francis followed by a Ryan Moran goal. IN the move of the match, Ellistown moved their keeper outfield, where he was chief architect of two late goals to level the game at 2.12 to 4.6 which sent both squads home happy.
Kildangan’s best on the day were Louise Fitzgerald, Una Higgins, Dean Sexton, Luke Barry, Shauna Bond, Steven Keogh, Michael John Prendergast and Robert McGrath.
Kildangan Under 11’s, having gone through the League losing just once and subsequently finishing second in the league table, took on Ballymore in the semi-final on Thursday evening last.Ballymore had an early goal cancelled out by a Conor Hyland goal at the other end, but they went on to lead 1.2 to 1.1 at the break with Kildangan struggling to get out of second gear.
The visitors hit three early points in the second half before Robert Hanley & Ryan Moran replied with points to keep Kildangan in touch. Another Conor Hyland goal and two quick points put Kildangan three points ahead and the large support were thrilled with the skill and determination being shown by both teams in the second half performance.
Ballymore hit a well-taken goal to equalize before a Robert Hanley free in the closing moments put Kildangan a point in front. Ballymore replied with a great long-range point, only to see Ryan Moran hit a wonder score under pressure to keep Kildangan ahead. Disaster then struck for Kildangan as a well-worked move ended with a Ballymore goal with the last kick of the game to send them into the final on a 3.6 to 2.7 scoreline.
In an enthralling game Kildangan had many stars including Conor Mulholland, Stuart Duffy, Chantelle Carroll, Caoimhe O’Fearghail and man of the match Josh Francis.
Tom Cross league round 6. Kildangan 1-10, Castledermot 0-6
Kildangan continued our unbeaten run in the league with a first ever win against Castledermot.Pauric Casey gave a man of the match performance, run close by Stephen Quigley, who scored a total of 1-5. In what was a very tight game Castledermot were unlucky, twice hitting the crossbar. Best for Kildangan were Pauric Casey, Stephen Quigley and Declan McGrath.
Another thrilling game of football means Kildangan under 11's qualify for the league semi-finals. Milltown are always competitive and this game was no exception as time and again Milltown came looking for goals to bring them back into contention. The fact that they were denied is a credit to great defensive work by the Kildangan backs, and some excellent goalkeeping by the Kildangan netminder Daragh Gilbert. For the forwards Ryan Moran was his usual tenacious self, helped by great supply form Robert Hanley and Scott Duffy. Midfielder Conor Hyland caught some lovely ball, especially in the second half.
Kildangan delivered a drubbing to a very lethargic Sarsfields team, Monday night in Sarsfields.
Kildangan Nurney girls kept their unbeaten record intact with a win against a very skilled Naas team on Monday night last.
Kildangan Nurney girls continue their unbeaten run in the league with a fine win against a very competitive Ballykelly team. Ballykelly made the short trip to Kildangan on friday evening, 16th May. Kildangan Nurney led from the start, however Ballykelly, as usual, made sure that there was no more than a kick of a ball between the teams. One would be hard pressed to pick out any individual performances, as this was truly a team effort.
Well done to all the girls, and especially the newcomers Ciara Byrne and Aoife O'Fearghail.
Kildangan Remain undefeated in the league, following this comprehensive victory over Maynooth, played in Kildangan on Monday night.
A flurry of goals just before half-time set Kildangan on the road to victory over Maynooth in glorious conditions in Kildangan on Monday last. Both sides opened brightly enough with Kildangan opening the scoring with a Brendan Abbey point. Maynooth replied through Donal McAvenue shortly after. Tom Moran fisted a point to put Kildangan in front, but Maynooths Conor Dempsey levelled from a free straight in front of the posts. Kildangan got the first of their goals on the quarter hour when Tom Moran found himself in the clear behind the Maynooth defence, following good work from Gabriel Murtagh. With just the keeper to beat, Moran made no mistake.
Shortly afterwards Johnny Murray lobbed the Maynooth keeper for Kildangans second goal, leaving the score at 2-2 to 2 points for Maynooth. Maynooth replied with a goal from Sean Lennon, following a mix-up in the Kildangan goalmouth. However it was Moran again who hit the Maynooth net on the stroke of half time, to leave Kildangan ahead by 3-2 to 1-2 at the break.
The second half started with Johnny Murray fisting a point straight from the throw in for Kildangan. Darragh Dunning made a swift reply for Maynooth with a point from halfway. Maynooth came more into the game at this stage with points from Sean Lennon (2) and Joe Gorey. Kildangan lost midfielder Pauric Casey following an ugly footblock, but they replied in the best way possible with Caseys replacement Declan McGrath hitting a point on the resumption of play.
Kildangan took control of the game in the final quarter with points coming from Richard Morgan, Stephen Quigley (2) and Liam McCormack (2) to see them safely home.
Best for Kildangan were Johnny Murray, Liam McCormack, Brendan Abbey and Tom Fox.
For Maynooth Mark Nugent, Joe Gorey, Sean Lennon and Daragh Dunning were to the fore
Ballymore made the long trek to take on Kildangan on a very warm Wednesday evening last for a U.11 South Board Div.3 game.Patrick Murphy and Niall O’Neill helped Ballymore to an early lead before Conor Hyland goaled for Kildangan. Ryan Moran and Robert Hanley put Kildangan ahead with points, before Shane Barrett put Ballymore in front again with a well taken goal to leave his team 1.4 to 1.3 ahead at the break.
The second half proved to be just as tight. Scott Duffy finished a good Kildangan move with a goal only for Shane Barrett to cancel it out immediately with an excellent goal for Ballymore. Conor Hyland and Jamie Kearns for Kildangan and Niall Murphy for Ballymore swapped points before Scott Duffy capped a great performance with his second goal with just minutes left.
Kildangan held on for a 3.7 to 2.5 victory in an excellent game between two very evenly matched teams who both gave their all. The skills on display by both teams was excellent, with great catching and kicking.
Stephen Quigley was man of the match in this thrilling game.Stephen Quigley gave a man of the match performance, scoring 11 points to ensure Kildangan recorded their first win of the league, played in Kildangan on Monday night.
St Laurence’s opened the scoring with a point from their half forward, before Kildangan equalized and then went in front through a brace of Stephen Quigley points. The two teams traded point for point until the decisive score of the game. Tom Moran picked out Gabriel Murtagh with an inch perfect pass, Murtagh made no mistake in driving the ball low and hard into the St Laurence’s net.
Tom Moran opened the scoring in the second half with a point, quickly replied to by St Laurence’s. Stephen Quigley, turning the knife in the Larries defence, scored another couple of points. Impact sub John Nealon added to the Kildangan score with a well-taken point from wide out on the left.
St Laurence’s kept adding to their point tally, however, realizing that time was running out, went in search of a goal, however great defensive work by Kildangan backs John Miller, Colin Christie, and Mick Sexton, assisted on occasion by the crossbar ensured that that they were denied. Growing in confidence Stephen Quigley added 5 more points to end with a personal tally of 11 points.
Kildangan Nurney 8-8, Na Fianna 5-1
Kildangan Nurney Girls kept their league hopes alive with a comprehensive victory against a depleted Na Fianna side. Caoimhe O Ferghail was the star of the show, however this was very much a team effort as everyone played their hearts out.
Kildangan 4-9, Ballyteague 1-4
Ryan Moran opened the scoring with two quick points before the home team hit a goal to go in front. Kildangan replied with points from Robert Hanley and Dermot Hickey before Hickey found the net to leave Kildangan four points up at the break.
Luke Devine played the captains part with two well taken goals in the second half before Ryan hit the fourth goal in the final minute. Robert Hewison, Chantelle Carroll, Conor Hyland, Michael Howard, Scott Duffy and Jamie Kearns were other stars in an excellent Kildangan performance.
Second Prize, LCD TV; Kieran O’Doherty
Third Prize, SuperValu Voucher; Dermot Hickey
Fourth Prize, MP3 Player; Harry Worrell
Fifth Prize, Meal Voucher; Cian Murphy
Thanks to everyone who supported our draw, and also to all the dedicated ticket sellers. Funds are vital to keep the club functioning, this draw is a very important part of our fundraising activities and all support is greatly appreciated.
The Under 12 girls got their league campaign off to a good start with a draw against Athy in Kildangan on Monday night. It was a hard fought encounter, with Kildangan leading right to the end. Athy got the equalising point with the last kick of the game. Next game is against Na Fianna on Saturday Morning at 11:00 in Allenwood.
Kildangan under 8's and 9's provided the half time entertainment at Newbridge on Sunday for the Kildare/Donegal match. Showing no sign of nerves in front of the large crowd, the children put on a great display of football skills. With the added bonus of Kildare winning, the children had a great day out. Thanks to Noel Mooney for providing the treats and looking after everyone so well.