Impressive Kilmacud Crokes' 'A' Feile Team Win Their All-Ireland Regional Final In Kildare : June 28th 2014

Well done to our under 14 footballers who put in a number of great performances  to win the Féile na nÓg Regional Tournament held at Kildare GAA centre of excellent at Hawkfield, Newbridge, County Kildare on Saturday  28th June 2014.The tournament was contested by the following teams who had all  qualified from their own County Féile Tournaments:

  1. Moorefield, Kildare
  2. Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh
  3. Ballinstragh Gaels, Wexford
  4. Churchill, Kerry
  5. Douglas, Cork
  6. Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin
  7. Bryansford, Dawn
  8. St.Pauls of Emo, Laois

The 8 participating teams were divided into 2 groups of 4 teams, the winner of each group contesting the final to be played in St.Conleaths Park, Newbridge.The Kilmacud team were drawn to play St.Pauls (Laois), Bryansford (Dawn) and Douglas (Cork) in their qualifying group.

Team Squad: Stephen Dunne, Tom Stakelum, Cormac Keys, Dermot Jordan, Daniel Kelly, Colin Veale, Rory Smith, James Dillon, Sean Kinsella, Niall Comerford, Padraig Purcell, Conor Kinsella, Mark Grogan (captain), Liam Reddy,  Fionn Ó Ceallaigh, Dennis Murray, Anthony Quinn, Peter Norlin, Eddie Gibbons, Brian Morton, Kevin Nangle, Gerard Veale, Padraig Linehan

Kilmacud  Crokes  4-8 V St.Pauls 3-2
Kilmacud got off to a good start in their opening group game with an early goal from Liam Reddy and pushed ahead with 3 points scored by Liam Reddy, Padraig Purcell and Fionn Ó Ceallaigh followed by  well taken goals by Fionn Ó Ceallaigh and Liam Reddy to race into a 10 point lead.  St Pauls responded well by scoring 2 goals on the break to narrow the gap to 4 points and Crokes bounced back with  a goal from Fionn Ó Ceallaigh after a spectacular run from midfield and a point from Padraig Purcell , to give a halftime score of Kilmacud Crokes 4-4 St.Pauls 2-2.The Laois boys started the second half well and bagged a goal from a long ball played in over the Crokes defence. This proved to be the last score for St Pauls with Tom Stakelum, Denis Murray and Rory Smith very strong in defence. Crokes continued to play with great assurance and dominated possession  scoring 4 consecutive points through  Fionn Ó Ceallaigh, Padraig Purcell, Connor Kinsella and Eddie Gibbons to give Crokes a comfortable victory all Kilmacud Crokes substitutes were used during the game on a very satisfactory start to the tournament.

Kilmacud  Crokes  8-11 V Bryansford 0-02        
The next group game was played against Bryansford of Down. This proved to be a one-sided affair. Kilmacud kept playing for scores for the entire match with goals being scored by Niall Comerford, Liam Reddy, Kevin Nangle, James Dillon, Gerard Veale, Brian Morton and a brace of goals for Fionn Ó Ceallaigh. The roll of scores was supplemented by Padraig Purcell, Anthony Quinn, Eddie Gibbons, Mark Grogan, Sean Kinsella and Peter Norlin who all scored points which meant that 13 different players had scored in the game . Any attack from Bryansford was well handled by our defence with Daniel Kelly, Dermot Jordan and Cormac Keys particularly strong.

Click on the picture below for more photos from the Crokes v Bryansford Match

Kilmacud Crokes v Bryansford 28/6/14

Kilmacud  Crokes  3-6  V Douglas 0-2
The final group match was contested against Douglas from Cork who are currently  positioned at the top of Division 1  in the Cork Central Football League. It looked that they would provide sterner opposition. Kilmacud started well with Liam Reddy scoring a point to put the Stillorgan boys in front. Douglas responded well with 2 points to take the lead. However, any thoughts that this would be a close game were soon dispelled when Croke rattled out a string of unanswered scores with a goal and 2 points from Fionn Ó Ceallaigh followed by  further goals from Connor Kinsella and Brian Morton and nicely taken points from Niall Comerford, Anthony Quinn and Padraig Lenihan giving the Kilmacud team a comfortable lead and leaving no way back for Douglas. Again our defence was very good – with excellent second half performances from Stephen Dunne, Rory Smith, Colin Veale, Daniel Kelly and Cormac Keys.

The other group  was won by Churchill of Kerry who defeated Moorefield of Kildare in their final game to claim a place in the final. We all tucked into a lovely curry and rice dinner provided by our hosts before decamping to St.Conleths Park, Newbridge for the final.

 Click on the picture below for more photos from the Crokes v Douglas Match

Kilmacud V Douglas 28th June

Final : Kilmacud  Crokes  V  Churchill

Kilmacud got off to a flying start when Mark Grogan grabbed the ball from initial throw-in and soloed unchallenged downfield to score the game's first goal. This was followed by two lovely goals from Sean Kinsella (played in by Padraig Purcell) and Kevin Nangle (played in by Fionn Ó Ceallaigh). Churchill  responded gamely with 3 points but Kilmacud showed their power to extend their lead with points from Padraig Purcell (2) and Liam Reddy and Sean Kinsella.
Half time score Kilmacud Crokes 3-4, Churchill 0-3
In the second half the pace skill and power of the  Kilmacud boys proved too much for their opponents. Further points form Padraig Purcell, Eddie Gibbons(2), James Dillon and under13 player  Gerard Veale were enough to secure a comfortable victory for Kilmacud Crokes in this inaugural Féile Regional Tournament.
Final score Kilmacud Crokes 3-09, Churchill 0-04.

Click on the picture below for more photos from the Crokes v Churchill Match

Kilmacud Crokes V Churchill 28th June 2014

Congratulations to the team manager Fergal Keys,  Mentors Ronnie Murray, Philip Comerford and Michael Veale and to this wonderful squad of players on a great victory to round of a wonderful Feile experience. Thanks for all your effort and dedication. Many thanks also to Sean Fox,  Padraig McDonald and the Crokes Football Committee for all their support  A special mention must be made of the fact that all players played in all four games with both of our under 13 players Gerard Veale and Padraig Lenihan scoring from play. The trophy was presented to our winning captain Mark Grogan who gave a nice speech and raised three deserved cheers for a gallant Churchill team.

Match report can also be read at this link: Grass Roots