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Under 21 Final Promises Exciting Local Derby

posted 16 Nov 2018, 11:01 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Hot on the heels of our U17 final win last week Abbey Rangers Under 21s take to the field against local rivals Ellistown in the D Final. 

This promises to be an exciting game as the combination of KIldangan and Ballykelly strive to do the double. This is the last competitive game of 2018 so it's sure to be a cracker.

The game is fixed for Hawkfield, Sunday evening at 7pm and all support would be appreciated.

Abbey Rangers Under 17s Claim Hard Fought Championship Title

posted 11 Nov 2018, 11:00 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 13 Nov 2018, 14:41 ]

Since the Abbey Rangers amalgamation was formed in 2015, county titles have been won every year at various age groups, with multiple victories in some of those years. While there was plenty of progress and development in 2017, up until today, the cupboard laid bare. But all that changed under the Hawkfield lights on Saturday, 10th November when the Abbey Rangers under 17 footballers defeated Milltown in the D Championship final by a single point.

When the same two teams met just seven days previously in Kildangan in the last of the round robin games, Milltown gave the boys in red a serious hiding, but with Abbey Rangers missing a number of key players on the day, neither team took much heed of the result. Tonight was a different story, with both teams fully loaded and ready to fire.

Conor Corrigan and Cian Murtagh hit two early points for us before Milltown's Ben Heuston replied one of his own. Sean Murphy gave the Millers the advantage with a goal to go two in front. Daniel Gilbert steadied the ship with two pointed frees before Milltown's Brandon Fitzsimons hit the back of the
net, along with a point from an Aaron Walker free, to knock us back on our heels again. A further Milltown goal was prevented by a combination of Thomas Browne and Dara Perry and it took some tremendous defending from the Rangers contingent over the next few minutes as they fought to hang onto the game.

With Joey O’Sullivan and Daniel Gilbert getting a grip at midfield, and Mikey Delahunty beginning to roam out the field, Abbey Rangers took control and kicked six unanswered points. With half time approaching, Milltown struck for their third goal when a clearance following a Sean Fitzgerald save was intercepted and the resulting looping shot made its way into the top corner from Sean Murphy's boot. Although the Ballykelly-Kildangan merger had outscored Milltown by 10 scores to 5, we went in at half time a point down with the scoreboard reading 3-2 to 0-10 in favour of Milltown.

Milltown got the perfect start to the second half with a fourth goal, this time from Oran O'Brien, in the first minute and a Conor Corrigan free was quickly cancelled out by a similar Milltown score from Robbie Gibbons. But the next twenty minutes were all about the Barrowsiders. The interchanging, movement, fielding, score taking and pure will to win was great to watch as Abbey Rangers dominated in every area of the field. There wasn’t a single Abbey Rangers player who lost the battle with his direct opponent during this period and we scored an unanswered 1-5 to go four points ahead at 1-16 to 4-3. The goal came mid-way through that scoring burst when Conor Corrigan tucked a penalty neatly into the bottom corner of the net.

But the young men of Allen, to their credit, came at Rangers once again and reduced the gap to two points via Ben Heuston and Aaron Walker before Eoin O’Fearghaill replied with two superb scores to restore Abbey Rangers' four point lead. It was the third minute of injury time when a long ball over the top found the Milltown full forward Fitzsimons, but his shot was saved brilliantly by Sean Fitzgerald, only for the rebound to be finished to the net by corner forward Peter Hamilton. The referee called 30 seconds to play as we hung on by a single point. Joey O’Sullivan won the kick out and sent Russell Grattan off on a solo run down into the Milltown full back line but we lost possession and Milltown drove forward in search of an equalising score. Sean McDonald broke down the Milltown attack and as we entered the sixth minute of injury time the referee finally sounded the whistle on a 1-18 to 5-5 win for Abbey Rangers.

It was a great end to a long year for these lads, many of whom will be eligible to compete at this level again next year. Great credit is due to the team's mentors, Ballykelly's Tommy Curran and Fergal Gilbert of Kildangan for their efforts this year and every year, and continued success for these young players in the coming years as they head towards adult football with Ballykelly and Kildangan. Milltown can also take consolation in the determination they displayed to keep the game going right until the final whistle.


Abbey Rangers: Sean Fitzgerald, Russell Grattan, Dara Perry, Thomas Browne, Orren Grattan, Sean McDonald, Adam Gordon, Daniel Gilbert (0-5), Joey O’Sullivan, Oisin Hyland, Mikey Delahunty (0-3), Conor Corrigan (1-7), Cian Murtagh (0-1), Jack Curran, Dara Byrne.
Subtitutes: Eoin O’Fearghaill (0-2) for Oisin Hyland, Aaron O’Connor for Orren Grattan, John Kelly for Adam Gordon, Cathal McKernan for Jack Curran, Jamie Robinson for Cian Murtagh, Rory McGrath, Cormac Finnegan, Ciaran Byrne

Milltown: Luke Redmond; Andrew Buckley, Jonathan Dunne, Shane Daly; Robbie Gibbons (0-1), James Byrne, Neil Tiernan; Sean Murphy (2-0), Aaron Walker (0-2, 1f); Aodan Dempsey, Tom Hamilton, Ben Heuston (0-2); Oran O'Brien (1-0), Brandon Fitzsimons (1-0), Peter Hamilton (1-0)
Substitutes: Kyle Busuttil, Jamie Powell, Karl Downey, Hugh Hamilton, Josh Hewitt

Milltown team sheet courtesy of Milltown PRO Roisín Malone

Abbey Rangers Under 17s Through to Championship Final

posted 9 Nov 2018, 00:58 by Kildangan PRO

The Abbey Rangers under 17 team take on Milltown in the final of the D Championship tomorrow evening (Saturday, 10th November) in Hawkfield, with throw-in commencing at 5.30pm. These teams have built up a rivalry over the years, having faced each other at a number of different grades, with 

This game is a repeat of round three, an encounter where both sides knew already that they would meet in the final, and one which Milltown won well. It is undoubted that Rangers will to be aiming to make amends for that match and claim some silverware in the process

The amalgamation of Ballykelly and Kildangan players defeated St. Kevin's by ten points in the opening game of this competition - the final score 3-18 to 3-8, before receiving a walkover from Killard in the second round.  

These matches always prove to be great contests of football, so please make sure to come along to show your support for the team! 

Condolences

posted 7 Nov 2018, 14:20 by Kildangan PRO

Kildangan GAA Club wishes to take this opportunity to convey its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of David Boland, who passed away in tragic circumstances last week. David came from Harristown and has a number of number of links to the village. His son Cormac has played with our juvenile teams in the past and currently attends the local primary school. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family and friends at this very difficult time.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Funeral Notice

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 30th October

posted 4 Nov 2018, 14:18 by Kildangan PRO

N
umbers Drawn: 19, 21, 24, 27

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €1,600 



€30 winners 
Ger Molloy c/o Mary Heffernan
Lynne Kelly c/o Tony Harrington

Brendan Higginbotham c/o Tony Harrington
Ciara Fitzpatrick c/o Mary Conway
Declan Keane c/o John Kilbride

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald, John Kilbride and Charlie Sexton, as this directly benefits the club. 

We also have a direct debit option. For more information on this, contact our club secretary Michael Higgins: secretary.kildangan.kildare@gaa.ie.

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 22nd October

posted 23 Oct 2018, 14:58 by Kildangan PRO

N
umbers Drawn: 16, 17, 18, 20

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €1,400 



€30 winners 
Eilis Reilly c/o Paddy Reilly
M&P Broughall c/o Mary Heffernan

Mary Hyland c/o Mary Heffernan
Eddie Hennessy c/o Syl Merrins
Linda McNamee c/o Pat Kelly.

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald and Charlie Sexton, as this directly benefits the club. 

We also have a direct debit option. For more information on this, contact our club secretary Michael Higgins: secretary.kildangan.kildare@gaa.ie.

Walk, Jog or Run at More O'Ferrall Park!

posted 20 Oct 2018, 13:32 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 21 Oct 2018, 02:46 ]

Kildangan GAA Club is delighted to announce that we will be opening the surrounds of the pitch at More O'Ferrall Park for the purposes of walking, running and jogging. This option will be available to both members and non-members on selected nights
from Monday, 22nd October.

This will take place on a trial basis each Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6.30pm and 9.30pm over the coming months to gauge interest over the possibility of running this on a permanent basis. Due to the dark winter evenings, this will be run under floodlights.

The fee to use the facilitiy for this purpose for the remainder of the year is €20 for non-members. Club members can avail of this as part of their existing membership, but a small donation to cover the cost of running the lights would be greatly appreciated. For further information, contact John Kilbride on 087 2335109.

Please note: Walking dogs at the grounds is not permitted.

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 15th October

posted 20 Oct 2018, 13:02 by Kildangan PRO

N
umbers Drawn: 4, 10, 20, 28

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €1,200 



€30 winners 
Kathleen Kinsella c/o Spar Nurney
Marcus Keatley c/o Pat Kelly

Kenny Broughall c/o Mary Heffernan
H&E Howard c/o Mary Heffernan
Martin Higgins c/o Ber Madigan

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald and Charlie Sexton, as this directly benefits the club. 

We also have a direct debit option. For more information on this, contact our club secretary Michael Higgins: secretary.kildangan.kildare@gaa.ie.

Abbey Rangers Under 17 Championship Fixtures Announced

posted 11 Oct 2018, 14:09 by Kildangan PRO

The Abbey Rangers under 17 team will compete in the D Championship alongside teams from St. Kevin's, Killard (Kill and Ardclough) and Milltown, with two home fixtures and one away. Further details and results of the games below will be posted on our website and social media in due course.

Round 1 - Saturday, 20th October 2018 - 2.00pm - Stephen O'Rourke Memorial Park, Ballykelly/More O'Ferrall Park, Kildangan

Abbey Rangers v St Kevin's

Round 2 - Saturday, 27th October 2018 - 2.00pm - Kill/Ardclough
Abbey Rangers v Killard

Round 3 - Saturday, 3rd November 2018 - 2.00pm - Stephen O'Rourke Memorial Park, Ballykelly/More O'Ferrall Park, Kildangan
Abbey Rangers v Milltown

Abbey Rangers Under 21 Fixtures Revealed

posted 11 Oct 2018, 13:59 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 11 Oct 2018, 14:00 ]

Abbey Rangers will take on Ardclough in the quarter final of the Tony Donohoe U21 D Championship. Should Rangers win this game, they will face Suncroft, who have a bye through to the semi-final. The amalgamation of Ballykelly and Kildangan has had reasonable success at this grade in recent years, so the team and mentors will be aiming to keep up the good work.

Details of the time, date and venue will be announced shortly, so keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.

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