Seniors Bow Out of Championship at Semi-Final Stage

posted 6 Sep 2018, 13:55 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 14:03 ]

The second of the two Reserve C Championship semi-finals took place last Thursday (30th August) at the Manguard Plus Centre of Excellence, Hawkfield with the victor facing off against Clogherinkoe in the final. This game was set to be a showdown between two sides who have built up somewhat of a championship rivalry over the last number of years. Kildangan had defeated Ballymore Eustace the last three times the teams played each other, so it was safe to say that the men from near the Wicklow border weren't going to take this one lying down. Ballymore donned their blue jerseys, while Kildangan wore the maroon of their juvenile amalgamation partners through Abbey Rangers, Ballykelly.

There was a strong start for Ballymore, with Eoin Kavanagh registering the first score of the game thirty seconds in. Kildangan split the posts next with a point from Ryan Moran to level proceedings. However, Kildangan suffered a major setback as a goal from Eoin Lyons slipped through the hands of Kildangan's netminder, Daniel Cawley. Kavanagh struck a point to give the east Kildare men a four point advantage, but a powerful run from Eric O'Hara in the ninth minute ended with a well taken goal.

Unfortunately for Kildangan, Ballymore's full forward Kavanagh was on song once again as he hit the back of net for Ballymore extending the gap back to four. Moran was on the scoresheet again to reduce the deficit to three, before Kildangan's Padraig Casey rattled the back of the Ballymore net to level the game midway through the first half. It was all Ballymore from hereonin, as they added five points without any reply from the west Kildare side; and went in at half time with a 2-7 to 2-2 advantage. Nevertheless, Kildangan had put in a valiant effort when the odds were against them and, if the first round game between the two teams proved anything, this kind of deficit was one that could be clawed back.

The second half started with less than ideal circumstances for Kildangan as Eoin Lyons pointed from a free. Damien Broughall won a breaking ball at the 21, which ended with a point from Kevin Christie. Ballymore continued to dominate from this point on, with another goal from Lyons, followed by points from Eoin Kavanagh, Gerry Fennell, Dean Fisher and Gareth Clarke, giving Ballymore Eustace a 3-13 to 2-3 lead. With the opposition well out of sight at this stage, Kildangan still fought hard enough to score a goal, to end the game on 3-3 to Ballymore's 3-13.

With danger men such as Eoin Kavanagh and Eoin Lyons on such scoring form, it was always going to be a tough challenge for Kildangan. Some hard graft was put in during the first half to stay within touching distance of Ballymore, but this unfortunately fell by the wayside in the second half. While the championship concluded in less than ideal circumstances, the entire campaign, as well as the league, has blooded a number of youngers players. It is definitely promising that a team with such a young base reached a semi-final in essentially its first year together, and with they way they are playing at the moment, they will surely take it that step further in years to come.

Thanks must also go to the management team of Shane Stafford, Declan McGrath, Tom Moran and Colin Christie who put the team through their paces throughout the year, and anyone who volunteered or supported us in any capacity during the year.

Kildangan: Daniel Cawley; Jordan Kaye, Bryan Adams, Arron Behan; Kevin Christie, Paul Connaughton, Eoghan O Fearghail; Luke Barry, Damien Broughall, Stephen Keogh, Eric O'Hara, Robert McGrath; Daniel Gilbert, Padraig Casey, Ryan Moran.
Substitutes: Joey O'Sullivan (for O'Hara, 50 minutes), John Miller (for McGrath, 55 minutes), Dermot Hickey (for Christie, 40 minutes), Richard Morgan (for Kaye, 36 minutes), Michael John Prendergast (for Gilbert, 56 minutes), Andrew Wilson (for Broughall, 57 minutes). 

By Andrew Wilson
Photographs courtesy of our secretary, Michael Higgins.

Seniors in Championship Semi-Final Tomorrow Evening

posted 29 Aug 2018, 12:31 by Kildangan PRO

The Kildangan senior team take on Ballymore Eustace in the semi-final of the Reserve C Championship tomorrow evening.

This is a repeat of the first round of the competition, where the final whistle saw a total of 53 points scored between the two sides, so both team will be aware of the challenge ahead, but still fancy their chances this time around.

Throw-in is at 7.30pm in Hawkfield. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Abbey Rangers U16s Final Group Game on Wednesday

posted 28 Aug 2018, 14:27 by Kildangan PRO

Abbey Rangers U16s play their third and final group match in the 2018 Championship this Wednesday 29th in Kildangan at 7.15pm against Confey.

They are hoping for a win which would guarantee top spot in the group which gives them an automatic place in the semi finals. Previous opponents were Ellistown and Celbridge and both games were good competItive matches for players and spectators alike.

Please come out and support the lads!

Abbey Rangers Update

posted 28 Aug 2018, 10:59 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Abbey Rangers, our underage amalgamation with Ballykelly continue to enjoy success on the playing field. Rangers minors enjoyed a comprehensive 8-18 to 2-07 win against Killard in Moorefield on Monday evening 27th August.

Meanwhile our under 13s Abbey Rangers team, after a shaky start to their campaign came good in the last round with an 8-03 to 3-10 win against Athy.

Our under 16 team also had a win in their last round, against Celbridge on a scoreline of 4-12 to 5-08. Pictures from this game are on our Flickr page Abbey Rangers Under 16s V Celbridge, August 2018 

Well done to all the teams, we hope you can go along and enjoy the games.

We Have A Winner!

posted 28 Aug 2018, 10:44 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Comhghairdeas to Peter Hughes who won the Jackpot of €7,400 in the Pigeon House Lotto. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 11, 24.

Thanks to everyone who supports Kildangan GAA by buying a lotto ticket from any of our promoters.

Seniors Secure Semi-Final Spot Despite Draw with Clogherinkoe

posted 28 Jul 2018, 14:28 by Kildangan PRO

The Kildangan senior team are through to the semi-final of the Reserve C Championship following last Tuesday's 1-11 to 1-11 draw with Clogherinkoe in Tom Lawler Park, Caragh; the home ground of Raheens GFC. Clogherinkoe had seen off Allenwood by 3-11 to 0-17 in the first round, while Kildangan put in a hugh effort to earn a 4-16 to 3-16 win over Ballymore Eustace, so both teams had big expectations going into this game.

Kildangan started off brightly with left corner-forward Ryan Moran scoring a point after two minutes, thanks to some great buildup play from Stephen Keogh in the half forward line. Moran was on the scoresheet again a minute later to add his team's second, before Kevin Christie won a Clogherinkoe kickout and sent over the third. The Cloghs had to wait six minutes before their opening score, and followed this up four minutes later to put a single point between the two sides. Ryan Moran was on song again, pointing twice to see the south Kildare village's lead return to three. Daniel Gilbert extended this to four midway during the first half

From the sideline, it seemed as if Clogherinkoe had scored a goal around the twenty minute mark, but Kildangan's Paul Connaughton cleared any danger. Nevertheless, Clogherinkoe's centre-forward sent over three to narrow the gap back to one, before his team's right corner forward hit the back of the net to put the Cloghs two in front. There was a chance to go three in front for the men in black and gold through a forty-five, but fortunately for Kildangan, this ended up wide, with the score at the end of the half 1-5 to 0-6 in favour of Clogherinkoe.

Eric O'Hara score two points within three minutes of the restart to level proceedings, but it was a goal through the hands of the Clogherinkoe 'keeper from Daniel Gilbert eight minutes in that gave Kildangan the edge, and Gilbert followed this up with a point to give a three point lead. However, from hereon in, it was all Clogherinkoe, with the north Kildare team scoring the next four points to go ahead by one. Gilbert and Moran got two more points which allowed Kildangan to sneak in front, but a well-taken point from distance on the right split the Kildangan uprights to ensure a draw.

The result of this game sees Kildangan finish second in the table and straight through to the semi-final of the competition. Rathangan are the other team that go directly into the semi-finals, having beaten Sallins and Allenwood respectively. The quarter-finals for the remaining teams in the championship are due to take place within the next two weeks, so manager Shane Stafford and the Kildangan selectors have time to prepare their side for what is ahead.

Kildangan: Daniel Cawley, Arron Behan, Bryan Adams, Jordan Kaye; Richard Morgan, Kevin Christie (0-1), Eoghan Ó Fearghaíl; Dara Gilbert, Damien Broughall; Eric O'Hara (0-2), Stephen Keogh, Paul Connaughton, Daniel Gilbert (1-3, 2f), Robert McGrath, Ryan Moran (0-5 2f).
Substitutes: Luke Barry (for Christie, HT), Dermot Hickey (for McGrath, 43 minutes), Stephen Quigley (for 48 minutes), Padraig Casey (for O'Hara, 58 minutes), Andrew Wilson, John Miller.

By Andrew Wilson

Help Us Win A Set Of Jerseys With GRMA!

posted 25 Jul 2018, 02:31 by Kildangan PRO

GRMA, the GAA Rewards programme, is giving clubs the chance to win a set of jerseys. 

As part of GRMA, members of clubs and supporters of counties can earn points for going to games and avail of rewards and special offers. Points can then be redeemed for rewards such as GAA jerseys, footballs, sliotars and Croke Park tours.

You can donate 50, 100 or 200 points to their club. Clubs who have 1,000 points donated by August 3rd will be entered into the draw for a set of jerseys!

Register and donate now at

Super Seniors Start Championship With Win

posted 17 Jul 2018, 15:58 by Kildangan PRO

Whatever it is about when Kildangan and Ballymore Eustace face each other, both teams always serve up a cracker, and this evening's championship opener in Hawkfield was no different. It's not a local rivalry by any means, given that one side is from the west of the county and the other is from the east, but regardless of that, any match between the two clubs at this level has the grit and intensity of one.

Kildangan started with intent as left corner forward Ryan Moran hit the back of the net on the stroke of the first minute. However, from hereonin, the east Kildare team gained scoring momentmum, hitting seven points without reply over the next eight minutes. Kildangan's Paul Connaughton suffered ankle troubles which saw play stop for a number of minutes before Ballymore centre forward scored a goal to widen the gap between the two teams. Their number 10 added another point to keep the score ticking over. Daniel Gilbert narrowed the gap slightly, scoring a point from a free. In the twenty first minute, Kildangan were awarded a penalty, which Eric O'Hara got past the left side of the 'keeper, decreasing the deficit to four points.

Ballymore added another point to keep Kildangan further behind, but Gilbert sent over two points in a row to bridge the gap to three points, before Ballymore score one more. Kildangan showed spirit as they scored the next four points in a row, courtesy of Eric O'Hara, Robert McGrath, Damien Broughall and a Ryan Moran free. O'Hara stepped up to the penalty spot once more following a push on Robert McGrath in the square, and proved reliable once again, thus putting his team three in front for the first time since the opening minute of the game. Daniel Gilbert extended that lead to four as the referee blew the half-time whistle, with Kildangan ahead 3-8 to Ballymore Eustace's 1-10.

Kildangan's scoring prowess continued for the first three minutes of the second half, thanks to Damien Broughall and two scores from Ryan Moran; both of which the likes of Conor McManus would be proud to score. One of Ballymore's substitutes added a point to his team's tally, before Moran jinked past four players to add another to his own collection. Dermot Hickey, who had just come on for Kildangan, also pointed, before Ballymore hit the back of the net and then scored a point from a free.

Daniel Gilbert and the Ballymore forwards traded points from the fifty-third minute onwards, before Damien Broughall got Kildangan's fourth goal, extending Kildangan's lead to four points. The boys in blue continued threatening during the closing stages of the game, adding one more point, and may even have come in for a goal chance had it not been for Kildangan's player-manager Shane Stafford who cleanly caught the ball to negate any danger, before the refree called time, sealing a 4-16 to 3-16 win for the west Kildare village. 

From one to fifteen (and beyond), both sides put on superb display, never gave up, and kept the game flowing freely, as proven by the final scoreline of 28 points to 25. From a Kildangan point of view, despite going behind to the tune of eight points in the early stages of the game, every single player stepped up their individual and team game to see the game out. While the forwards got most of the credit in this report, Daniel Cawley pulled off some fantastic saves in the Kildangan goal to keep us in it, and the likes of Stephen Keogh, Richard Morgan, Bryan Adams and Paul Connaughton also put in a huge effort. One would think that some of our youngest players had been playing this level for ten years, given their footballing knowledge.

Shane and his selectors will ensure that the players are ready to continue this form against Clogherinkoe in the second round, which takes place next Tuesday in Raheens. Throw-in is at 8.00pm.

Kildangan: Daniel Cawley; Richard Morgan, Bryan Adams, Jordan Kaye; Stephen Keogh, Eoghan O'Fearghaíl, Arron Behan; Damien Broughall (1-2), Dara Gilbert; Eric O'Hara (2-1, 2p), Paul Connaughton, Joey O'Sullivan; Daniel Gilbert (0-7, 3f), Robert McGrath (0-1), Ryan Moran (0-4).
Substitutes: Dermot Hickey (0-1, for Joey O'Sullivan), Kevin Christie (for Robert McGrath), Shane Stafford (for Paul Connaughton), John Miller, Colin Christie, Andrew Wilson.

By Andrew Wilson

Change of Venue for Championship Opener

posted 16 Jul 2018, 15:16 by Kildangan PRO

The Kildangan senior team's championship first round game against Ballymore Eustace tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 17th July) will now take place in Hawkfield. The throw-in time remains at 8.00pm.

The game was originally due to take place in St Laurence's, before it was switched to Two Mile House, but unfortunately neither club could accommodate the game. We apologise for the inconvenience at such short notice. Please spread the word to anyone who had intended on travelling to the match.

Congratulations to Lara and Kildare!

posted 16 Jul 2018, 15:06 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 16 Jul 2018, 15:17 ]

Kildangan GAA would like to congratulate Lara Gilbert and the Kildare minor ladies on their All-Ireland B final victory over Roscommon. Lara, who plays club football for Trinity Gaels (the Kildangan Nurney senior ladies' amalgamation with Ballykelly), was in the full back position for Kildare as they claimed the historic title.

Everyone in the club is very proud of Lara's achievement, and we would like to wish her and her teammates continued success, be it with Kildare, Kildangan Nurney or Trinity Gaels.

Click here for a full report of the game. Photo by Oliver McVeigh of Sportsfile.

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