Our U 13 team Cuchulann Gaels started their first match with a challenge against a strong Division 1 team from Round Towers. As we will play in a competetive Div 2 league, it was a good test for our joint team with Kildangan.

In a first half where Towers dominated the scoring with some very big players, Cuchulann were shell shocked and we were 3 goads and 2 points down before we got into any any stride.

Lack of sharpness in the basis such as passing, fielding and shooting were evident to see in our played but was t be expected. However as the match progressed we started to find our way and made some scores from Conor Hyland and Caomhin Doolan.

Players who performed well were Conor and Caomhin  in midfield while Tadhg Ryan and Cormac O Mahony were very strong in defence.

At half time we re-grouped and went out with an improved drive to succeed in the second half. As time went on Cuchulann Gaels stated to dominate play with good performances from Shane Smyth and Gary Maguire helping the cause. Goals from Conor Hyland and Dave Craddock were added as we finished with a flourish to give us confidence going forward.

The final result of 4-8 to 2-8 did not reflect fairly on us as we won the second half well. However, we will need to improve in all areas if we are to challenge for honours in this league but with some strong players missing we expect to make that improvement.

Scorers:   Conor  Hyland  1-4, Caomhin Doolan 0-3, David Craddock 1-1

The new Cuchulann Gaels jersey was launched last night, which is a combination of both club colours and it certainly looked the part.

As funds are low in the club, we are asking players to pay €10 for a set of socks and shorts, these will be available on match nights.

First league match is on Wednesday 25th August, away to Castledermot at 6.30 p.m.

Athgarvan and Kildangan ( Cuchulann Gaels ) start the U 13 Southboard league with an away match V Castledermot on Wednesday 25th. We are in a group which also includes Kilcullen, Monastererevin and Eadestown.

Of six divisions we are in Division 2 which is where we want to be but the matches will be tough. These matches will be played  on a Wednesday evening.

The team is also  entered in the County U 13 league also and we await details of our grading and what groups we are in. These matches will be on a Sunday morning and will also start towards the end of August. Details to follow.

Both clubs intend to have a new jersey for this group of players, one which will be a combination of the colours from both teams.

We expect to have a strong competitive team and players will be required to attend training and play well to keep their place on this team.

For parents and spectators this match should have come with a health warning.

It was thrilling & gripping stuff.  Athgarvan got the ideal start from the throwin Cormac O’Mahoney delivered a long ball into J.B. Murphy who slipped it over the bar.  Athgarvan dominated the early exchanges keeping Allenwood deep within  their half of the pitch and struggling to get out.  A few minutes later Cormac puts over a point.  David Craddock put over the next with a trusted left foot.  A forty five and a free kick to Athgarvan meant it was all one way traffic 0-5 to no score.  Allenwood under pressure had many wides.  And then we stopped working.  Allenwood came down the pitch and were awarded a free on the 21, they took a short free, floated a ball into the box and it ended in the back of the net.  A second free put over another score and at the end of the first half it was level. 0-5 to 1-2.  Athgarvan who had 70% of the play had a dog fight on their hands.  On resumption despite good play and movement we could not find the scores easily.  Allenwood with very vocal support and their tails up continued to slot over scores, the next 3 points went to Allenwood.  0-5 to 1-5, deep in the second half this game seemed to be slipping away from Athgarvan who had not scored since the 18th minute of the first half.  The team continued to battle and support each other, they got possession got into scoring positions, missed chances but kept working.  A long ball out of defense was picked up by J.B. Murphy who rounded his man and rocked the back of the net.  1-5 to 1-5.  Game on, less than 10 minutes to go.  Allenwood came again…as Athgarvan pushed forward and players tired gaps were opening up; quick ball and Allenwood were one on one to score a goal.  Paul Murphy became the hero of the hour with a magnificent save.  Samantha Cullen took knock after knock but steadied her impressive backline.  Orin Stanley, Tom Tilsley, Kayleigh Humphries, Fearghal O’Mahoney, Katy Farrell and Calum Sourke all stood tall and strong when it mattered.  Josh Clinton was untouchable at centre half back.  With less than 5 minutes to go Athgarvan kept pressing and a 45 awarded was slotted over by Cormac who also scored the final point of the game from play.  Cian Gobbet worked tirelessly throughout, Evan Halford was brillant in his passing and movement, Enda McSweeny did not stop for breath.  The fowards showed guts at every breakdown with Killian Browne, Mikey Ryan & Paul Nugents never giving an inch.  To win a final take spirit, courage and determination; this team displayed it in abundance.  Well done Athgarvan.

Come Along to France

To date we have 14 players committed to go to France from Septh 24th -26th with ages ranging from 13 to 15. There are still some places available in that age group for what should be a very entertaining trip.

It will involve some friendly matches against teams from across Europe. Interested?  Let Paul Leahy know !

We will be hosted by a team from a town called Sene in Brittany on Friday and Saturday nights, and we will travel with them to the tournament in Rennes on the Saturday morning, returning that night.

To raise funds for the trip we have organised a bag pack at Dunnes Stores on Thursday July 15th from 6 pm to 10 pm. We are hoping that all parents of players going and some othere will be available to assist in the raising of some funds.

We are asking each player to pay € 5 per week for the next 12 weeks to assist us pay for some hoodies/t shirts for the players on the trip.Dave Craddock has kindly offered to act as Treasurer over the summer and will collect and retain any sums provided.

Further updates as we come closer to the trip.

Reported in the Kildare Nationalist as the “most gripping final of the day”, this game provide all the excitement and agony of a big game.  An 8 minute goal from Brian Byrne of Castledermot made Castledermot look comfortable and with an additional 3 points before half time they looked in command.  James Galvin and Cian Gobbett pointed for Athgarvan so that the half-time score was 1-3 to 0-2.  Athgarvan had yet to shine but played honestly and openly during the first half.  Knowing that this game would be won in the last 5 minutes again they started strongly showing good movement and passing.  Two further points from Cian Gobbett and one from Jordan Nolan took Athgarvan within a point while Calum “safe hands” Sourke swept up all the attacks by midway in the second half.  As Athgarvan pushed for an equaliser Castledermot scored tow good points.  Ahead by 3 again the game looked like it has swung Catledermot’s way.  Athgarvan didn’t think so and a low hard shot at goals by JB Murphy saw Eibhin Conroy pop up a the far post to hit the back of the net.  A point from Jordan Nolan gave Athgarvan the lead for the 1st time in the game with only three minutes to go.  Again Athgarvan pushed to extend the lead and the keeper and captain of Castledermot stopped a point blank effort from the hard working Cian Butler….almost there; and then pushing so hard Athgarvan lost their shape in defense.  Quick ball forward by Catledermot saw a 5 on 3 situation left Ryan Leahy with no cover and resulted in a Castledermot goal…not just once but twice.  Game over…no way back on this day but this young team will be back at the county ground again and will win.  And all round excellent performance with JJ Acton strong in defense along with James Manning & Matthew Barker.   Ross Fallon and Fearghal O’Mahoney were industrious throughout.  Jenny Kelly and Kayleigh Humpries worked hard upfront.  Changes were made but a strong bench still could not turn this game.  Team line-out:Ryan Leahy, Calum Sourke, Matthew Barker, Oliver Clinton, Cian Butler, Eimhin Conroy, JJ Acton, JB Murphy, Cian Gobbitt, James Galvin, Ross Fallon, Fearghal O’Mahoney, Jenny Kelly, Jordan Nolan, Kayleigh Humprhries, James Manning, Conor Maguire, Brogan Lyons, Fionn Moran, Jack Ryan, Rob Croft, Sean Francis, Katie Farrell

Title: under 9;s go games
Location: grangenolvin
Description: under 9’s gogames match at grange @ 11am meet at athgarvan at 10:15 and leave together for grange
Date: 20100626

Athgarvan U10’s Match report


Away game against Kilcullen, Tuesday 15th June 2010


Athgarvan U10’s showed gritty determination to hang in towards the latter stages of a pulsating match against Kilcullen last Tuesday to gain a memorable victory on a marvellous summer’s evening in Kilcullen. Athgarvan won by a final score of 02-06 to 02-04. This narrow victory was very sweet for a number of reasons. Firstly the players showed tremendous character against a team that was unbeaten in the league until this match. Secondly, they also showed tremendous character to rebound from a difficult defeat the previous week against an excellent Ballymore Eustace team. Thirdly, the fine weather contributed to ensuring that there was the best attendance of the season to date at the match, when the players’ families turned out in large numbers to give their support to the team.

The match started brightly for Athgarvan who had the benefit of a slight slope on the pitch and a gentle breeze at their backs in the first half. Athgarvan showed many examples of excellent teamwork on a night when scores were hard to come bye. With the elements behind them, it was always going to be difficult for Athgarvan in the second half and they only had a slender two point lead at half time. The score at that stage was 02-03 to 02-01 in favour of Athgarvan.

Kilcullen started brightly in the second half and got back to within one point of Athgarvan. At this stage both teams were playing their best football which contributed to an excellent spectacle for all those in attendance. It was end-to-end stuff with Athgarvan showing dogged determination to come out on top in an excellent encounter.

In a match where scores were ever so important, James McNamara’s point was the score of the match. With an excellent display for a player playing out of position, Ryan Leahy was considered by Team Management to be the Most Improved Player on the night. For an excellent display throughout the match Hugh O Mahony was considered by Team Management to be Man of the Match. Conor Maguire also gave an exhibition of determined defending throughout the match. Cian contributed greatly to the victory with a tally of two goals and two points. Points also came from Ryan, Hugh and Alan.

Mick and Tom would like to thank the team for their tremendous efforts throughout the match and to all the parents who showed up in large numbers. The support is always appreciated.

This victory brings to an end the first phase of matches for the team. Mick and Tom will advise all players when training will continue. There will be a break of about 3 weeks during July and then training and the second phase of matches will start again in August.

Thanking everyone once again for their support and encouragement.

Mick + Tom

Name Played Won Draw Lost Points
1. Athgarvan 5 5 0 0 10
2. Allenwood 5 4 0 1 8
3. Two-Mile-House 5 2 0 3 4
4. Nurney 5 1 1 3 3
5. Roberstown 5 1 1 3 3
6. St. Laurences 5 1 0 4 2

Final Results as follows;

Qualified for Final Div 4——-Athgarvan

A—Qualified for Semi-Final Div 4—–Allenwood v Two Mile House—-Thursday 24th June in Allenwood at 7pm.

B—Qualified for Shield Semi-Final Div 4———Nurney v Roberstown——Thursday 24th June in Nurney at 7pm.

Please note —Final of Southboard Div 4 League—Athgarvan v Winner of Allenwood / Two Mile House. Date to be confirmed.

A trip to Rennes in France on the weekend of September 24th-26th 2010 for a European GAAtournament  has been confirmed with our French hosts.

To date there are 14 players confirmed going with 8 adults to accompany them. There are still places available for players who want to come.

The flight out is at 6 am on the Friday and we are back at 9.30 a.m. on the Sunday. The return flight is € 115 with RyanAir.

If you are interested in coming, players in the 13/15 age group are more than welcome. Please let Paul Leahy know.

We will be hosted by French families and it is hope that if the trip is successful that we may return the compliment next year.

It is a good opportunity for Athgarvan  to build up some links that would allow other age groups undertake such a trip in years to come.

The joint Athgarvan / Kildangan U 14 team better known as Cuchulann Gaels has a very sucessful first time entry into the world of U 14 football.

After 6 games we missed out on a semi final play- off place by the bare   minumin of point.

The team has sucess over Ellistown, Ballykelly and a drawn match against Kilcullen. We narrowly lost to Nurney in a game we ought to have closed out and suffered heavy defeats to the stronger teams of Cappagh, Two Mile House.

However, with the majority of the team being U 13 players and indeed with some U 12 players also, the future for next season looks good and we will be very competitive next season.

For the older players, we will have an U 15 team entered in the Southboard league starting in September.

For the U13’s their league starts in the last week of August on Wednesday evenings.