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Condolences

posted 19 Oct 2017, 05:17 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Kildangan GAA Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Alfie Byrne. Alfie was a lifelong Monasterevin GAA supporter and a true Gael.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. 




Pigeon House Lotto Results 9th October

posted 9 Oct 2017, 14:09 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Numbers Drawn: 7, 13, 20, 23  

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €7,600 

€30 winners 
Kathleen Sexton 
Joe Lambe 
John McCormack   
Edward Lawler  
P and AM C/O John McCormack 

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from any Committee member or promoter.



Under 13 Final-Match Report

posted 6 Oct 2017, 01:18 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

In spite of the fact that they ultimately suffered defeat to St. Kevin’s Kildangan U-13 footballers can feel very proud of their performance in last Saturdays all-County Div 5 league final, played in ideal conditions at Hawkfield. Facing a physically superior St. Kevin’s side, this young Kildangan team gave every last ounce of commitment and endeavour in an attempt to land the honours.  


The game didn’t start well for the Kildangan lads as St. Kevin’s scored a goal almost straight from the throw-in. A sweeping attack down the right-hand side eventually saw the ball played across the square where it was fisted to the net by an in-rushing attacker. Such a poor start would have shaken many sides and although St. Kevin’s dominated the early exchanges the Kildangan defence, superbly marshalled down the middle by Cian O’Dowd and Caleb Schofield, held firm.  


With 5 mins gone a rapid Kildangan counter attack was rounded off by a neat Joseph Walsh point. Almost directly from the kick out Cian Reilly started and finished a move with another point and Kildangan were now firmly back in the game.  


From Conor Callan in goals the defensive unit began to find their feet with Killian Scully and Stephen Murtagh getting to grips with their opponents, wing backs Josh Fagan and Joe Broughall began to get on top across the half-back line and the Kildangan lads gradually settled into the game.  


Midfielders Cian Reilly and Luke McKenna began to show their ability to win ball and move it swiftly into attack, providing the lively forward line with the ammunition to weave their magic.  


After the concession of the early goal Kildangan actually outscored their opponents by 4 – 9 to 4 – 8 over the remaining 59 mins of the game and were arguably the better side for much of that periodSome of the football displayed by the lads in green and gold, especially in the first half, was a joy to behold and the great team work and clever football they displayed left no one in any doubt that this was a final they were determined to win.  


With 10 mins gone on the clock St. Kevin’s led by two points but for the next 15 minutes Kildangan really opened up and with the half forward lined of Oisin Irvin, Joseph Walsh and Alan Donoher demonstrating a massive desire to pick up the breaks around the middle of the field, Kildangan worked a free which Cian Reilly dispatched with his left foot. The score of the game then followed as the excellent Joe Broughall won a ball he should never have got his hands on and shipped it quickly to Oisin Irvin. The wing forward fed Luke McKenna with a lovely pass before the young midfielder noticed his centre field partner Cian Reilly breaking through the middle off his shoulder. McKenna’s beautifully weighted hand pass allowed Reilly collect the ball without breaking his stride and he smashed the ball to the back of the St. Kevin’s net. This was a team goal which would have graced an All-Ireland final, but the fact that it was crafted with a level of skill and awareness that one would associate with a good senior team demonstrates the ability that this young Kildangan team possess 


Kildangan were now well and truly on top and with Eoin Callan proving a real handful for the St. Kevin’s full-back line and the lively movement of corner forwards Sam Cooke and Ieuan Gabor-Sweeney creating space in the attack, Cian Reilly added another point to stretch the lead to 3 points.  


A break-away 'Kevins goal very much against the run of play levelled matters by the 20th minute but this set-back didn’t knock the focus of the Kildangan lads and they roared back with points from Eoin Callan and Luke McKenna to re-establish a two point lead. Substitute Jamie Fitzpatrick was then involved in a move which ultimately saw Joseph Walsh up-ended and Cian Reilly landed the free as the half time whistle approached. The game then entered a crucial 2 minute spell which saw the Kildangan lads lose concentration and concede two goals which left Kevin’s ahead at half-time on a score-line of 4 – 1 to 1 – 7.  


This set back just before half time might have resulted in Kildangan feeling it wasn’t to be their day, but this bunch of players are made of stern stuff and they levelled matters as Cian Reilly again hit the back of the net following a determined run through the St. Kevin’s rear-guard.  


It was at this stage of the game that the 'Kevin’s lads made the move that ultimately landed the spoils. Their superior physical size around the middle third of the pitch began to tell and they reeled off four unanswered points to lead by 4 – 5 to 2 - 7 as the game entered the final 10 mins. But Kildangan would simply not give in and they dug deep and displayed bravery and commitment beyond their years to drag themselves back into contention. Joseph Walsh popped up with his second point of the game to steady the ship and you could see the belief pouring from the Kildangan players in spite of the tiredness beginning to creep in as the physical and mental effort began to take its toll.    


Youngsters Aaron Schofield and Killian Reilly came in and helped to push Kildangan forward and an Eoin Callan goal lit up the large Kildangan support and in spite of the fact that many of the lads in green and gold were now out on the feet they somehow summoned up reserves of strength to level matters 


However the St. Kevins lads were straining every muscle to secure the title and they tacked on a point to re-establish their lead and then struck for a goal which looked to have sealed the win. 

 

Kildangan were not to be outdone with Cian Reilly again popped up with a free. Kevin’s cancelled this out with a point of their own before Cian Reilly struck for his third and Kildangan’s fourth goal, but hard as they tried our gallant team could not produce the levelling score. As the game moved into injury time St. Kevins sealed their victory with a well worked point to run out winners and secure the title on a final score line of 5 – 8 to 4 – 9.  


Though they came up just short over the hour the fighting spirit and never say die attitude displayed by the Kildangan lads was a credit to every one of them. In footballing terms this group have grown from boys to young men over the course of this campaign. Tears were shed by many at the final whistle but the lads took their defeat on the chin and were very gracious in their congratulations to the victors.  


The management team of Mel O’Dowd, Luke Sweeny and John Reilly, as well as their parents and guardians can be very proud of the achievement of this wonderful bunch of young players right throughout this league campaign, where the semi-final victory over Allenwood, as well as the victory over the same side in the group stage of the competition, also stand out as great team performances.  

Well done to each and every one of the squad.

Match Report John Reilly

 

Kildangan Juvenile Training Update

posted 5 Oct 2017, 01:43 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Juvenile training has finished for age groups from U8 down for 2017.  We would like to thank all our young players and their parents for your support in 2017. School coaching will continue in Kildangan Primary school, we will have mentors in the school on Friday mornings for the next four weeks or so, again subject to the weather.

Training continues under lights for U-13s to U-9s on Friday at 7pm,
weather permitting.

As most competition has finished for 2017 this Friday evening training is an opportunity for these age groups to work on their skills. As in previous years, it is envisaged that the training sessions will run well into November, again subject to ground conditions being suitable. All are welcome, new members are especially welcome.





Kildangan Under 13s Lose to St Kevins in Close Encounter

posted 30 Sep 2017, 14:17 by rúnaí Cill Daingin   [ updated 30 Sep 2017, 14:18 ]

Hard luck to Kildangan Under 13s who suffered a two point loss to St Kevins in the Under 13 final today in Hawkfield. 

The team gave it everything however on the day St Kevins were worthy winners. Both teams contributed to a cracking game of football with some superb passing and well taken scores. A special word of praise for Joe Broughall who played with two broken fingers, however every member of the team played with pride and passion.

Well done to the team and mentors John Reilly and Luke Sweeney on a tremendous season.



Weekend Juvenile Fixtures

posted 27 Sep 2017, 12:34 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

This coming Saturday Kildangan Under 13s play St Kevins in the League Final, The game is fixed for Hawkfield with a 10:15 am throw in.

On Sunday Morning, 1st October Abbey Rangers Under 15s commence our league campaign with an away Fixture to Milltown, Throw in at 11 am.


Jackpot Won!

posted 27 Sep 2017, 12:30 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Congratulations to Mícheál Reilly, Kildoon who scooped the top prize of €10,000 in the Pigeon House Lotto Draw on Monday night. The Second Jackpot of €6,600 now comes into play.

Please Support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto Ticket from any Committee Member. Tickets are also available at Friday evening Juvenile Training.














Kildangan 13s Through to Final Following Tight Test

posted 24 Sep 2017, 06:29 by rúnaí Cill Daingin   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 06:30 ]

Well done to Kildangan Under 13s who emerged winners of a pulsating league semi final against Allenwood this morning. The final score was 6-08 to 6-03 in favour of Kildangan.

There was never more than a score or two between the teams, Allenwood always looking dangerous on the break as they worked the overlap very well, a couple of close in goal shots went wide or out for a '45 when a point would have been a better option. Kildangan, made much better use of their limited possession and took some superb scores including a couple of cracking goals.

Kildangan will play St Kevins in the final next weekend, venue and time will be announced later.

Kildangan Under 13s Secure Semi Slot

posted 18 Sep 2017, 11:57 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

With four wins from five in the U13 league, Kildangan have secured a home semi-final. Kildangan secured full points against Confey, Two Mile House, Allenwood and Ballykelly. Unfortunately a two point defeat to St Kevins means that we must await a play off to determine whether we finish first or second in the competition.
Either way its a tremendous achievement for a very young team playing on a full sized pitch with adult goals. Details of the semi final fixture will be posted here following the final round of games.

Member Lottery for Chance to Buy All-Ireland Tickets

posted 10 Sep 2017, 15:01 by Kildangan PRO

We will be holding a lottery to give adult club members the chance to buy All-Ireland football final tickets on Wednesday evening. With members from Dublin and Mayo, we are expecting a lot of interest in these.

 If you would like to be in with a chance to buy the tickets, please contact our secretary Michael Higgins on 086 3585580 as soon as possible. Tickets must be paid in full on collection.

Terms and conditions apply. Click here for more information.

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