Ladies Senior Football : Rathangan v Celbridge (18th April 2017)

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Great win for Celbridge Senior Ladies

Written by Darren Gallagher

Back on the road again for our penultimate league match and one that may prove to be crucial and a ‘must win’ when deciding Semi-final places for Division 3. With three wins under our belt and the end of preliminary league games in sight, the girls knew how important the Rathangan game was and that a fast start and everyone bringing their ‘A’ game was key to a successful outcome. The game was played in perfect conditions with a strong Celbridge team taking the field for what was to turn out to be a fantastic & enthralling game of football, with both sides committed, energetic & tenacious in fighting for every ball.

However the script wasn’t written like this with Rathangan winning the ball from the throw-in and their midfielder making a darting run forward and finishing sublimely with a shot into the top corner of the net. Their No. 9 was to prove one of their key attacking strengths throughout the game, but one that Ailbhe, Leah and our half back line came to terms with as the game progressed. Celbridge fought back immediately with points from Nichola and two super goals from Orla, following great movement, passing and the usual clinical & composed finishing from Orla’s boot. Alex continued to make herself available and was finally rewarded with a great point to keep scoreboard ticking over.

We began winning more possession, providing support with off the shoulder running, creating space and showing for the ball, and apart from a blip with a long high ball in from Rathangan finding its way into top corner of the net, Celbridge dominated for large parts of the first 20 minutes. Rathangan began to find their rhythm and rattled off five points with only one additional point by Gemma in last 10 minutes to leave half time scoreline at :-

Rathangan 2-5 : Celbridge 2-5

Celbridge began the second half in the same commanding nature as they had in early parts of the first half, with Ailbhe having an exceptional night, but mostly with defensive duties due to the strength of Rathangan midfield (chasing back, challenging, tackling & winning most 50/50 battles) and Leah charging up the field to support forwards, scoring a great point into the bargain. Nicole demonstrated great fielding ability and support to midfielders throughout the game, but also scored an opportune goal followed by an excellent point to get us off to a great start in the second half. Although Rathangan fought back once again with a number of points followed by a disputed goal, Celbridge replied immediately with another excellent goal by Orla following a defence splitting pass, great run and another slick finish from Orla. Nichola also added to her points tally with another well taken score.

There were stand out performances by our defence, with Sinead as solid, reliable & tenacious as usual, Laura, Grace & Niamh defending admirably and getting forward at every opportunity, Kelley & Rowan marshalling goal area excellently, but a special mention must go to Aimee Bolger for her tackling, strength & commitment in marking one of the quickest, trickiest and determined forwards we have faced this campaign (what a battle !). To be fair, our defence started from our corner forwards (Maeve & Nichola) with much tighter marking, more aggressive challenging and teamwork throughout the field, which was a key feature in final 15 minutes when we were defending a healthy lead. It was very much backs to the wall finish, but girls defended valiantly restricting Rathangan to 3 points to close out the game.

The strength of the panel is key with Chanice, Robyn & Joy coming on in the second half to provide additional energy, drive, enthusiasm & support to continue the great work of the team. As I’ve commented on previous close games we’ve been involved in, this was another pulsating game, with end to end action throughout, & with more composure in front of goal at the latter stages, Celbridge could have had a more comfortable win. The passion, skill, commitment, team spirit and resilience demonstrated by the girls was fantastic and a big thanks to the management team & supporters for their help in ‘getting the girls over the line’. A truly exciting & entertaining game with great credit to both teams for a very competitive and sporting match and with only a kick of a ball in it, shows how evenly matched these teams were.

It’s not too often that a referee is included in match report, but in this case, a well done to the referee for allowing game flow, communicating decisions to players, consistency & general all round professionalism in officiating the game.

Let’s build on this momentum and finish out the campaign with a massive effort against Cappagh next week, keep up the great work at training & well done again to the Mulligan boys, Gavin, Hillary and the Senior Ladies squad …..

Final score Rathangan 3-11 : Celbridge 4-10

Scorers :-

Orla Gowran (3-2) ; Nicole McDonagh (1-2) ; Nichola Farrell (0-3) ; Alex Casey, Gemma Kilduff & Leah Earley (0-1)

Volunteer role of Coaching Officer

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Celbridge GAA are seeking applications from interest parties for the volunteer role of Coaching Officer.  

Working alongside the executive committee and the Games Promotion Officer, the Coaching Officer will coordinate the activities of the club coaches and managers to provide a safe, smooth and rewarding progression for all its players from U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, U21, Junior and Senior through the pathway to elite performance across all our codes.

This is a wonderful opportunity to help build on current success with a keen eye to shaping the future development of our Club. We are looking for someone who is reliable, trustworthy and has some experience in the game, backed with coaching badges. This role is subject to Garda Vetting. 

Anyone interested in applying for the position should contact Noel Dunne (087-677 1860) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information by Saturday 29th of April. 

Celbridge U16 Ladies defeat Sallins

Written by Damian Thomas. Posted in News


Congratulations to Celbridge U16 Ladies football team who put on their best display of the season to end Sallins’ unbeaten league campaign. Sallins, playing with a breeze at their back got off to a strong start scoring two fine points while Aideen Stack got Celbridge’s first score off the game.  Gradually Celbridge got on top in the half back line and in midfield and this domination of possession created opportunities for Celbridge’s dangerous forward line.  The first goal came when Niamh Mortell ran at the Sallins defence and following an exchange of passes with Kate Gaffney, set up Ciara Gallagher who fired it into the net.  Niamh Mortell’s strong running was a feature the game as was her finishing as she ended the half with three goals to her name. Having at one stage trailed by ten points Sallins rallied and scored 1-2 without reply to cut the deficit to five (4-2 to 1-6) at half-time.

Celbridge came out flying in the second half scoring (4-1) in blistering spell of football.  The fluency of their movement, the accuracy of their passing and their calmness in front of goal was a pleasure to watch.  The pick of the four goals came from Aideen Stack, who having fielded a long ball, curled the ball into top right hand corner off the net.  This put Celbridge in a commanding position and they continued to play good football right to the final whistle ending up with final score of (10-5).

Sallins kept going right to the end and their efforts were rewarded with a late goal and point.  The final play of the game saw Eva O’Hara make a fine save from the penalty spot. Sallins despite being second best on the day played some lovely football.  There were stand-out performances from their fullback and captain in midfield and it is easy to see why they have had such a good season to date.

In the end this was Celbridge’s day. Niamh Mortell with five goals put on a match winning performance but there were also strong contributions from Emma Lynch, Caitlin Thomas and Grace Mimnagh in defence, the midfield duo of Megan Quinn and Maria Keating, and Aideen Stack and Ciara Gallagher in the forward line. The most impressive aspect of this win was the commitment, skill and contribution of the whole Celbridge squad and it was great to see a number of the players back from injury.

The game was played in a very sporting manner and we would like to thank the referee also for his handling of the game.

Well done to Tommy, Paul, Darren and Nicola for all the work they have put in over the season and good luck to the ladies for the rest of the league campaign.

Final Result:

Celbridge (10-5) V (4-7) Sallins

Celbridge Scorers:

Niamh Mortell (5-0); Ciara Gallagher (2-3); Aideen Stack (1-1); Erin Ruddy (1-0); Laura Stirblythe (1-0); Maria Keating (0-1)

Next Match: 2nd May 2017 vs Two Mile House (away)




Celbridge U14's LGFA DIV4 Girls - Team & Match Report

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(Celbridge Vs Blessington – Thursday 13th April 2017 – League Match)


After their successful win over "Round Towers" (Kildare town based team) in teams first league opening game away, back in March and then followed on by the successful win over "St.Ultans" (Meath League Team) in a friendly game in Celbridge GAA at the start of April, the Celbridge girls had been training hard for this second league match in counter with Blessington. Of course, with Blessington having already won their opening league game as well in this league, this game had a lot of importance for the two sides, as both teams were currently top of the table in Division 4, with two other teams yet to play in their first league game, so there could be three teams on top.

Also! With the News filtering in, that the Celbridge U14's girls had just received sponsorship to buy, New InterSport LGFA Football Jerseys, thanks to the new U14's LGFA girls team sponsorship with: Michelangelo's Restaurant in Main Street Celbridge - . Needless to say, all the girls are delighted, as these jerseys will be delivered in time for the Kildare Feile tournament in end of April.

For this home league match tonight! With the exception of two players out, Celbridge had every other girl available to play this match, which was the first time this year having such a big squad to choose from, due to all the girls being off school/hobbies/county games and being injury free during the Easter period. So the U14's Management team had to pick a starting 15 girls, out of 27 and now had 12x subs for this match, of course the mentors would also have the dilemma of only being able to play the sub change limit of the match. But! As the two mentors always say to the girls! "It's a full team effort and everyone plays there part in this team, whether they get to play on the night or not!"

The game kicked off, under the watchful eyes of: Maurice Mulcahy an experienced LGFA referee. Celbridge were playing from Left to right in the first half and within a matter for two minutes, Blessington opened the score with a strong point from play; this was followed by another point, just two minutes later again. However! Celbridge responded with two great points from play by Niamh Mortell in centre half forward. It was short lived, as Blessington then scored a fantastic goal from the run of play and this was responded by an excellent worked goal from Celbridge (Laoise Mimnagh) and suddenly it was game on!

As both teams were neck and neck in the first 20mins, there was a real battle in the midfield and the defence on both sides had to dig deep, to try stopping the forwards. But! The midfield play from Megan Quinn and Laura Syrbit as excellent, as they worked up the field to supply the centre half forwards, which ultimately gave way to 2x more goals which were setup beautifully between the Celbridge full forward line again, who were in top flawless form tonight (Laoise Mimnagh, Abbie Pimlott and Rebecca Davis), along with an excellent half forward line (Orla, Gallagher, Niamh Mortell and Eaibhin Flood) who played their hearts out and also scored points and helped few more points scored by the Celbridge girls and along with cracking goal by Niamh Mortell with assistance from forward line girls, all the time Blessington with their 4x county players making their own impact on the game. The score line showing: Celbridge 3-6 and Blessington 2-3 just before the half-time break and with both Celbridge & Blessington making two subs in the 1st Half, trying to slow down the centre half forwards.

As the second half resumed, after an encouraging team talk with the Celbridge U14's mentors, the mentors made two more substitutions to the Celbridge team, just to stall the Blessington forward line from the half backline and increase the impact at the defence, which to their credit were battling hard throughout the first half.

Holding their own with a strong Celbridge full backline was thanks to the likes of the team Captain Emma Lynch, Nikki O'Keefe and Meabh O'Donovan who defended valiantly. The Celbridge girls u14's came out with a new lease of life in the second half and before you knew it, after a great cross from the centre half forward Niamh, they scored another wonderful goal & point from the right corner full forward Abbie Pimlott, this was followed by excellent point and goal by Laoise Mimnagh in full centre forward, who playing excellently and then a goal from left full forward Rebecca Davis, followed by some more super goals from half forwards (Orla Carragher & Niamh Mortell), point by Eaibhin Flood and then midfield point & goal by Laura Syrbit who had a great game on the day, followed by a points from Megan Quinn who kept feeding the ball excellently up the field, with Emma Lynch to the overpowering half & full forward lines of Celbridge. This was followed by an excellent save from the Celbridge Goalkeeper (Niamh Barnes) preventing at least two goals on the night, who had a super game.

Blessington did manage to put two more goals into the Celbridge net later in the game, but! It was too little too late for Blessington, as Celbridge were a different unit in the second half, as all the girls played and supported each other, both on and off the pitch like a true unit, also the fitness levels of the Celbridge girls showed to be a big winning factor in the second half, as all the training tough weekly training had paid off!

Credit also has to be given to the Celbridge half back line over the course of the game, which battled and defended very well and to the end, against the 3x Wicklow county players (the half backline was covered by Kate Farrington, Leah Murphy, Tara Nevin, Orla O'Keeffe, Erica McGivern, Georgia Mooney, Aoife Walters, Eabha Daly and Naoise Kavanagh).

A Happy Birthday was also sung out to Emma Russell by the whole team after the game, as she was dedicated to the team, even on her birthday! Celbridge had an extremely large subs panel tonight, not everyone got a chance to make an impact tonight, but! With at least four more league games to play both away & home, they'll all get a chance to make their mark in the coming weeks. On the night these girls were: Aisling Mimnagh, Emma Russell, Vivienne Lee, Aishling Carthy, Rachel Synnott and Simone O'Reilly.


A truly well-deserved win for the Celbridge Girls Tonight!

The final score ending: Celbridge 9-10, Blessington 5-6.

Both U14's Celbridge Mentors – Brendan Pimlott & Paul Lynch were very proud of all the girls, as they played as a team, supporting each other throughout the game!

Goals Scored by: Niamh Mortell, Laoise Mimnagh, Abbie Pimlott, Orla Carragher, Laura Syrbit and Rebecca Davis.

Points Scored by: Niamh Mortell, Laoise Mimnagh, Abbie Pimlott, Laura Syrbit, Rebecca Davis, Megan Quinn, Eaibhin Flood.