Rangers Rock Ballymore in Extra Time Thriller

posted 27 Nov 2017, 14:20 by rúnaí Cill Daingin   [ updated 27 Nov 2017, 14:58 ]

ABBEY RANGERS V BALLYMORE   Under 15 League Final   26th November 2017   at Hawkfield 
Abbey Rangers finished the season making it a clean sweep of titles from under 14 through to under 16 with our under 15 team capturing the Division 4 county title following a titanic battle with Ballymore in a bitterly cold Hawkfield on Sunday 26th November. With Ballymore reaching the final following an unbeaten run and our lads having lost their only game to today’s opposition, this was always going to be a tight one.

With the thermometer struggling to reach 6 degrees and a biting wind blowing across the Hawkfield pitch the referee got the game going. Wing back Sean Culleton opened the scoring with a fine point from distance before Ballymore equalised, midfielder Daniel Gilbert had us back in front soon afterwards with a pointed free. We then had a twenty minute stalemate where both sides created several chances but just couldn’t score. Rather than poor shooting, it was mainly down to the tenacious tackling of both defences that meant that scores were in short supply.

Daniel Gilbert eventually got the scoreboard ticking again with two points scored one either side of a well taken Mikey Delahunt goal and Jack Curran was in hard luck as he almost managed to toe poke another goal following a scramble in the square. Still, Rangerswere in a strong position going in 1-04 to 0-01 up at the break.

Ballymore stormed into the second half with three points in the opening few minutes to reduce the deficit to three. Ballymore then came close to an equalising goal,  a combination of Sean Fitzgerald and John Kelly somehow kept it out. Two more Ballymore points left us just one ahead and it took some superb defending from Russell Grattan, Dara Perry and Sean McDonald to prevent the game from slipping from our grasp.

Eoin Connolly and Daniel Gilbert began to regain control around the middle as we went back on the front foot and attacked Ballymore with some cutting runs through the heart of their defence. But we had goals on our minds when points might have been the simpler option and several chances were missed as the men from the Wicklow border always seemed to be there to block or tackle at the critical moment.  

Jamie Robinson played in Dara Byrne for our first score of the second half with almost 20 minutes on the clock and Mikey Delahunt and Daniel Gilbert raised further white flags as we went four ahead with just minutes to go.

But Ballymore weren’t ready to give up and punished a defensive slip up to score a late goal before kicking an equalising point straight from the kick out. The referee’s whistle sounded full time as Ballymore attacked again and it was greeted with relief by the Kildangan and Ballykelly folk as we had almost had ‘our pockets picked’.

As Extra Time commenced the temperature for those of us shivering on the side-lines seemed to drop even more, however inside the white lines it was blistering! Daniel Gilbert had his opening point cancelled out by a Ballymore free before team captain Mikey Delahunt scored a cracking solo goal to put us ahead again. Eoin Connolly then pointed to put us four up as the first of the two ten minutes periods came to a close.

Following a quick change of ends, Daniel Gilbert and Eoin Connolly put us six ahead as we looked to be running away with it; Ballymore came back once more. Three points in quick succession left just a goal between the sides and John Kelly made his second goal line clearance of the day to maintain our lead. 

As we pushed forward again Rory McGrath almost put Rory Kenna in on goal, but the Ballymore defence intercepted before Daniel Gilbert won it back and kicked the insurance score as we ran out winners on a 2-12 to 1-11 score line.

While our players in the central positions were superb and did what they were expected to do, today’s victory was also built on the performance of the men in the wings and corners.  Cole Grattan and John Kelly played their hearts out in the corner back positions and Cormac Finnegan never put a foot wrong when he went back there. 

Russel Grattan and Sean Culleton were solid in the wing back positions and were also a constant threat going forward. Aaron O’Connor and Ciaran Byrne worked tirelessly from start to finish and Dara Byrne and Stephen White were constantly on the move in the inside corners.
And we won’t forget Cian Murtagh and Thomas Browne who have both had a great year but missed out today through injury, and a special word for Daniel Gilbert who played three quarters of the game with a broken hand.

Overall it was a great team effort and well done to all the panel and to our mentors Fergal, Damien & Trevor.

Match Report Declan McGrath

Abbey Rangers V Ballymore Under 15 Final

Charity Ride Cancelled

posted 24 Nov 2017, 12:45 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 24 Nov 2017, 12:48 ]

The KCK Charity Ride in aid of Kildangan GAA, which was originally due to take place on Sunday, 26th November 2017, is postponed until further notice due to the effects of the recent weather conditions on the route.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Keep an eye here for further updates.

Abbey Rangers 15s Make Final

posted 20 Nov 2017, 14:19 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

While most people's thoughts are turning towards Christmas one game remains to be played in 2017 as Abbey Rangers U15s meet Ballymore Eustace in the Division 4 final on Sunday 26th November. Fixed for Hawkfield, the game will be a real test for the Kildangan and Ballykelly lads as Ballymore were well on top in the group game, scoring 4-13 to Abbey Rangers 0-8.

Having said that Rangers will be no pushover as the showed in the semi-final against Milltown with a comprehensive 6-11 to 1-12 win in a physical encounter. 

During the group stages the team also recorded wins against Round Towers, Moorefield and Maynooth. Please come along and support the team, throw in time will be published as soon as it's available.

KCK Chase for Kildangan GAA

posted 7 Nov 2017, 15:11 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

There will be a KCK Hunt Chase in aid of Kildangan GAA  on Sunday 26th November 2017, starting from Cross Keys, Kildangan at 1.30 pm.

All Jumps are optional and the aim of the day is to have an enjoyable run through the countryside. All ages are welcome from 10 year olds up, refreshments and auction in the Cross Keys following the event. The cap is 25 Euro for adults, 15 Euro for children. Further details from or use the contact form 

Please note that due to landowner restrictions and on Garda advice, quads are strictly forbidden.

Pigeon House Lotto Results October 23rd

posted 24 Oct 2017, 13:44 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Numbers Drawn: 2, 11, 12, 13  

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €8,000 

€30 winners 
Fidelma Dowdall
Sean Bracken
John Miller
Mary Conway
John Keogh

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

Abbey Rangers Under 21 Update-Semi Final Beckons

posted 24 Oct 2017, 13:40 by rúnaí Cill Daingin   [ updated 24 Oct 2017, 13:58 ]

Abbey Rangers Under 21s play Ardclough in a Championship Semi-Final on Sunday 29th in Ballyteague with a 2pm throw in. The quarter final was a hard fought victory over Kill at Ballykelly on Sunday afternoon last.

The Ballykelly/Kildangan lads got the perfect start with Eoin Whelan, Ryan Moran and David O’Neill all pointing to put Rangers three up in the opening minutes. Kill soon settled into the game and equalised by the mid-point of the half with our lads struggling to keep up their early momentum.

The decisive score of the game came when Dermot Hickey got on the end of a move involving Robert McGrath and Ryan Moran and finished low into the corner of the net to put us 1.3 to 0.3 up. 

Moran pointed almost immediately afterwards, however Kill again reduced the advantage to just a point as we neared half time.

Our lads pushed hard for the final few minutes and Brian Day hit a superb point before Ryan Moran and David O’Neill again scored to leave Rangers 1.7 to 0.6 up at the break.

We were then dealt a blow when midfielder Eoin Whelan could not resume for the second half due to an injury picked up just before half time and Kill seemed to take advantage as they dominated the third quarter of the game. 

An early Kill point was cancelled out by midfielder Robert McGrath but Kill scored twice again to reduce the deficit to two.  Some great defending from Conor Perry and Cian Stafford in the Rangers full back line kept the Kill scores to a minimum while Luke Barry was a commanding presence at centre back.

As we entered the final ten minutes of the game, Rangers seemed to have weathered the storm as our lads kicked on and outscored Kill by five points to nil. Ryan Moran and Dermot Hickey knocked over two each and Robert McGrath got his second as we ran out winners on a score line of 1.13 to 0.9.

Abbey Rangers
Tommy Grattan, Conor Perry, Cian Stafford, Alex Fogarty, Jack Smyth, Luke Barry, Daniel Cawley, Eoin Whelan (0.1), Robert McGrath (0.2), Brian Day (0.1), Evan Foley, David O’Neill (0.2), Ryan Moran (0.5), Dermot Hickey (1.2), Paddy Nicholls.
Subs: Josh Lawler for Eoin Whelan, Dean Maher for Paddy Nicholls  

Match Report Declan McGrath, Team Photo Der Lawlor.


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.

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