Kildare Primary Soccer 11-a-side Leagues 2018
Division 1 Match 1 Scoil Bhríde 5 - 2 Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany-Tuesday, January 30th
Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen began their campaign in the Kildare Primary Schools 11-a-side leagues with a home game v Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany on Tuesday January 30th. The early exchanges between the sides were quite tight with very few chances created at either end. Paddy Taylor eventually broke the deadlock with a great header from an excellent corner by Ryan Dunne late in the first half. Kilcullen added to this lead early in the second half with a long range free-kick from Kyle O’Connell and a great finish by substitute, Rares Dragu to make it 3-0. Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany fought their way back with two goals then to make it 3-2 and putting some serious pressure on Kilcullen who rallied and responded with two more late goals of their own through the excellent Sam Kelly and another perfectly executed free-kick by Kyle O’Connell to make it a final score of 5-2 to Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen.
Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen: Darragh Lambe, Tadhg Walsh, Dara Coughlan, Seamus Brown, Kyle O’Connell, Paddy Taylor, Cathal Furlong, Sam Kelly, Finn Cowper Grey, Oisín Barker, Ryan Dunne.
Subs used: Rares Dragu, Daniel Baars, Cillian Keogh, Jack Jordan, Niall Howard.
Scorers: Kyle O’Connell 2, Paddy Taylor, Sam Kelly, Rares Dragu.
Match 2 Patrician Primary, Newbridge 3 - 3 Scoil Bhríde, Wednesday, February 14th
The boys second game was an away fixture on Valentines Day in Patrician Primary, Newbridge although there certainly wasn’t much love in the air as both sides battled it out in a top of the table clash with Patrician having beaten St. Peter’s BNS, Monasterevin 4-1 in their first game. With very little between the sides, Rares Dragu gave Kilcullen a 1-0 lead with a shot from outside the box for his second goal in two games. Despite dominating with long spells of possession and some lovely build-up play, Kilcullen were unable to add to their lead and an unfortunate slip at the back allowed Patrician in to equalise and make it 1-1 just before half-time. Kilcullen made a couple of half-time substitutions with Tadhg Walsh and Jack Jordan coming on in the full back positions, freeing Dara Coughlan to move into midfield from his customary left-back role and Cathal Furlong up to right side of midfield from his right-back slot and shifting Sam Kelly up front. These changes worked a treat for Kilcullen who had a real cutting edge going forward and some neat build-up play lead to a nice finish by Ryan Dunne at the back post to put Kilcullen 2-1 up. Patrician fought back again to make it 2-2. This game was ebbing and flowing at this stage with chances at both ends but Sam Kelly popped up with a superb strike into the top corner of the Patrician net to make it 3-2 for Kilcullen with about 10 minutes left on the clock. Paddy Taylor was extremely unlucky not to make it 4-2 after superbly controlling a ball on his chest but the Patrician keeper pulled off an amazing save with the ball looping towards the top corner. This was to prove crucial as with almost the last kick of the game, Patrician earned a share of the spoils when they equalised yet again with a deflected shot from a loose ball after a corner with the ball looping over everyone’s heads, hitting the post and nudging over the line to make the final score 3-3 in what was a thrilling contest. Kilcullen could count themselves unlucky not to come away with the win on the overall balance of play but Patrician deserve major credit for battling back each time they fell behind. Both sides would head in to their last game tied at the top of the table on 4 points.
Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen: Darragh Lambe (Shane Lawlor HT), Cathal Furlong (Ryan Byrne), Dara Coughlan, Kyle O’Connell, Seamus Brown, Paddy Taylor, Rares Dragu (Niall Howard), Sam Kelly, Christopher Norris (Tadhg Walsh HT), Ben Egan (Jack Jordan HT), Ryan Dunne.Scorers: Rares Dragu, Ryan Dunne, Sam Kelly.
Match 3 Scoil Bhríde 9 – 1 St. Peter’s BNS, Monasterevin Friday, February 23rd
Kilcullen ended up coming into this home game v St. Peter’s BNS, Monasterevin knowing a draw or a win would guarantee them a spot in the Division 1 final after Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany had beaten Patrician Primary 4-3 in both teams’ final group game to leave Kilcullen, Patrician & Ballymany all tied on 4 points with Kilcullen on a goal difference of +3 and Patrician on a goal difference of +2 and Ballymany on a goal difference of -2. Playing with a strong wind in the first half Kilcullen got off to a perfect start with a tidy close-range finish by Cathal Furlong. Paddy Taylor then made it 2-0 with an excellently placed shot in to the corner of the Monasterevin net from just outside the box. Cathal Furlong and Sam Kelly added further goals to make it 4-0 to Kilcullen at half-time.
St. Peter’s did pull a goal back early in the second half to make it 4-1 but Kilcullen rallied again and responded in kind with further goals Sam Kelly, a superb solo effort by Finn Cowper Gray, Ryan Dunne, Niall Howard and Dara Coughlan to give Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen a resounding 9-1 win and a place in the Division 1 final vs St. Mary’s BNS, Maynooth next Tuesday, February 27th at Kilcullen astroturf pitch at 2.30pm.
Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen: Shane Lawlor Tadhg Walsh, Dara Coughlan, Kyle O’Connell, Seamus Brown, Paddy Taylor, Cathal Furlong, Finn Cowper Gray, Rares Dragu, Sam Kelly, Ryan Dunne.
Subs used: Darragh Lambe, Niall Howard, Jack Jordan, Ryan Byrne
Injured: Oisín Barker
Scorers: Cathal Furlong 2, Sam Kelly 2, Paddy Taylor, Finn Cowper Gray, Ryan Dunne, Niall Howard, Dara Coughlan.
Boys Division 1 Final Scoil Bhríde 2 - 1 St. Mary’s BNS, Maynooth –Tuesday, February 27th
The Division 1 Boys final took place on a very cold, windy day on Kilcullen Astroturf pitch. Scoil Bhríde started brightly and were dominating possession early on despite not being able to create any clear-cut opportunities. We did make the breakthrough around the midway point of the first half however when an innocuous looking free-kick by Sam Kelly was fumbled into his own net by the St.Mary’s goalkeeper. St.Mary’s BNS fought back and managed to equalise shortly before half-time through a well - placed penalty. Scoil Bhríde made a couple of substitutions at half-time bringing on Shane Lawlor for Darragh Lambe in goal and Daniel Baars for Tadhg Walsh. Scoil Bhríde, Kicullen started the 2nd half brightly and dominated possession once again. We took the lead once again when Sam Kelly grabbed his second goal of the game when he very bravely headed an in-swinging free kick by Kyle O’Connell into the back of the net. St.Mary’s BNS, Maynooth pushed hard for another equaliser but Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen managed to hold them at bay and thus were crowned Kildare Primary Senior Soccer Division 1 Boys winners – a fantastic achievement by all. Finn Cowper Gray must be complimented on an all-action, powerful performance in midfield and Scoil Bhríde also enjoyed super performances by Dara Coughlan, Kyle O’Connell, Seamus Brown, Cathal Furlong, Paddy Taylor, Ryan Dunne and Sam Kelly in a wonderful team performance by all. Captain Kyle O’Connell accepted the trophy on behalf of Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen amidst the euphoria and celebrations. Comiserations to St.Peter’s BNS Maynooth in a very gallant performance in defeat.
Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen: Darragh Lambe (Shane Lawlor ht), Tadhg Walsh (Daniel Baars ht), Dara Coughlan, Kyle O’Connell, Seamus Brown, Paddy Taylor, Cathal Furlong, Finn Cowper Gray, Sam Kelly, Rares Dragu (Jack Jordan) & Ryan Dunne (Ben Egan)
Subs: Niall Howard, Ryan Byrne, Christopher Norris, Odhran Kelly & Nicholas Langdon
Injured: Oisín BarkerScorers: Sam Kelly 2
Division 1 Match 1 Scoil Bhríde 1 - 1 Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany - Tuesday January 30th, 2018
The girls also started off their campaign with a home game vs Ballymany. This was a very tight game with Kilcullen taking a 1-0 lead through an excellent goal by Kaelah Taafe. Kilcullen were very solid defensively and only conceded late in the first half when Ballymany converted a penalty to make the score 1-1 at half-time. Kilcullen drove on in the second half and took the game to their opponents and were awarded a penalty themselves midway through the second half. Zara Hurley stepped up and unleashed a powerful rocket of a shot which hit the underside of the crossbar before Zara buried the rebound. This was however, unfortunately disallowed as the rules state that another player must touch the ball again before the penalty taker can kick the ball and as Zara’s effort hit the crossbar without any touch by any other player she was not permitted to make contact with the ball again. The game finished in a 1-1 draw in what was a solid start to their campaign. Best for Kilcullen on the day were Jessie O’Gorman, Zara Hurley, Sarah Kenny Spillane, Hannah Moloney and Alisha Powell.
Match 2 Patrician Primary, Newbridge 3 – 5 Scoil Bhríde Wednesday, February 14th
The girls second game brought them away to Patrician Primary, Newbridge on Valentine’s Day. Despite having some excellent chances early on, Kilcullen failed to make it pay on the scoreboard and suddenly found themselves 3-0 down after a very sluggish spell of 15-20 minutes. Keira Legg did manage to pull one goal back just before the break to leave Patrician leading 3-1 at half-time. After a good pep talk at half-time the girls struck again almost immediately at the beginning of the second half with Keira Legg scoring a second goal for herself which was quickly followed by her third and fourth goals also to leave Kilcullen leading 4-3. Zara Hurley put the game beyond doubt with a rocket of a fifth goal late on as Kilcullen had all the momentum at that stage and finished up winning on a scoreline of 5-3.
Match 3 Scoil Bhríde 3 – 0 Gaelscoil Chill Dara, Newbridge-Friday February 23rd, 2018
The girls went into their final group fixture knowing that a draw would be enough to clinch the Division 1 title on Goals For. A defeat however would have left them in 3rd place and not even a runners-up medal to show for their efforts. As it turns out, the Kilcullen girls left nothing to chance against a physically imposing Gaelscoil Chill Dara side. They took an early lead through Kiera Legg again for her fifth goal in only two games. Keira also added a second goal shortly before half-time to make it six goals in two games. Gaelscoil Chill Dara battled back bravely and there were some nervy moments for Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen before they made sure of the victory with a third goal by Jemima Terry which sealed the Division 1 title for the Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen girls on a 3-0 scoreline. There was incredibly joyous scenes at the final whistle as the girls celebrated their fantastic achievement in being crowned the inaugural Kildare Primary Senior Soccer 11-a-side Division 1 champions.
Scoil Bhríde Girls Senior Squad: Alex Connors, Hope Ormond, Hannah Moloney, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Kiera Legg, Ella Hannon, Zara Hurley, Jessie O’Gorman, Kaelah Taafe, Emily Larrigan, Rebecca McCaffrey, Hannah Sheridan, Abbey MacNamara, Alisha Powell, Jenna Hegarty, Ella Harney, Kate Ryan, Jorda McDevitt, Orla Lally, Sarah Kenny, Jemima Terry, Marysia Bowens.