Saturday 6th January
U12 Boys Div 2
Askeaton/Kilcornan v Granagh Utd
A well deserved win for the boys. Goals coming from Danny Anglim (4), Dylan O’ Connor (2) and one from Mike O Shaughnessy. Great effort from our team against a tough Granagh side. Teamwork was the key to our success with some excellent football played.
U14 Girls Cup Preliminary round 1
Askeaton/Kilcornan 0-2 NCW Town B
Despite a wonderful display from our girls they succumbed to 2 goals from a strong and skilful visiting team. NCW scored their first goal just before halftime and added their second well into the 2nd half. In spite of having chances of our own, we couldn’t take advantage. Overall, our girls showed much improvement from our games in 2023 and we’re very much looking forward to continued improved performances for the rest of the season.
Sunday 7th January
Weekly Observer Division One
Askeaton/Kilcornan 4-0 Glin Rovers B
The Askeaton-Kilcornan A team had a 1:30pm fixture against Glin Rovers B. It was very evident in the morning that the fixture could be under threat from the frost the night before and heavy fog that was still struggling to lift come midday. Credit to our club members and field maintenance team who had the pitch in top shape even with those harsh conditions. It took the match official, Pat O’Connor all of 5 minutes to access the pitch and give the green light to both teams who were eager to play the fixture.
Straight from the whistle our lads went to work and brought a lot of energy to the game and intensity to our play. We probed down the wings through Sean Whelan and Matt Moane in the early stages and they continued to link up well with Ken O’Donoghue who was leading the charge and a constant focal point for our attacks. We secured the first goal of the game on the 13th minute when Ken found himself out on the far left and one on one with the Glin full back. He squared up the defender and shifted the ball to the left to whip in a low cross and found Sean Whelan who had made an excellent run towards the front post and matched it with a fine finish to leave the goalkeeper no chance. We really focused our efforts on creating turnovers inside the Glin half and this paid off again 7 minutes later when Ken chased down a ball in which the Glin Keeper and Center half both attempted to clear. The ball fell to Matt Moane who was all of 30 yards out from goal and had the vision and skill to strike the ball high and straight into the Glin net. Another fine goal that was created from the constant pressure on the ball from our midfielders and attackers. We had many corners throughout the game and our CB pairing of John McCarthy and Alan Ryan were a constant threat from these set pieces. On the 43rd minute, Alan Ryan found himself at the back post and on the end of another excellent delivery from Stephen Smith. Alan’s header went straight back into the danger zone and it was turned into the net by a Glin player. We headed in at half time 3 goals to the good and happy with our efforts.
The second half saw more of the same action. Our defence continued with a high line, encouraging our lads to get forward in attacking areas. Kevin O’Keeffe and Kevin Barry continued to test the Glin defence with forward runs and overlaps winning many corners in the process. Sam Duggan, Steven Smith and Ray Kelly were relentless in their efforts and were the main reason we held possession for the majority of the game. Killian Fitzgerald had a quite day in goals for us but to his credit, he was called into action in the 67th minute when the Glin striker somehow found himself through on goal and one on one. He looked certain to finish to the bottom corner but Killian somehow got down to his right and turned it around the post for a corner. We decided to bring on fresh leg around the 70th mark with Rob Carrig, Cormac O’Keeffe, Niall Barry, Diarmaid O’Connor and Colm O’Flaherty coming into the action. Each one of our subs impacted the game and continued to stretch and probe a Glin side who were very competitive and resilient to their credit. On one of the last plays of the game, we worked a ball down the right-hand side. It was squared back to Ray Kelly who had the vision to see a well-timed run from Sam Duggan into the box. Sam took the ball down brilliantly, shifted the ball to the right to create the slightest bit of space and then back to the left to rifle the ball home on his weaker foot. A just reward for Sam who had had made countless box to box runs throughout the day. The final whistle blew and wrapped up a 4-0 win for Askeaton-Kilcornan. A fine panel performance from the 16 lads today and shows the value of having a dedicated panel of players. Back to training on Tuesday night and to prepare for next weekend.
A special mention for Stevie Smith who is setting sail for America this week to continue his college education and who is unlikely to have another game with us this season. A tremendous talent and player for the club and all-round great guy. We wish him the very best on his travels and hopefully we will have some silverware to celebrate with him on his return.
ANNUAL CHARITY GAME.
Another year and another charity game was held in Kilcornan astro facility on the 31st December. The event kicked off at 11:30am in wet conditions to say the least. As usual, we had great representation from our Askeaton Kilcornan AFC teams but a special mention to all our former players, “retired” players and even our friendly rivals who always show up for this annual event. It really is greatly appreciated.
6 games were played in total and a high standard of ball was on show for all those dedicated supporters who also came out to support the lads. With penalty shootouts deciding some games, it was Team B who won it out in the end and it couldn’t have been any more fitting than to have Shane O’Sullivan score both goals in the final.
Many thanks to Paudie Manning for refereeing all our games and to Anne Delaney for making sure refreshments were available to all attendees in the hall.
Remember all proceeds of the event go to Milford Hospice, so if you would like to make a contribution, you can DM our account or reach out to a committee member for revolut details.
Thanks again all.
ASKEATON KILCORNAN AFC 50/50 SPLIT THE POT!!
Our Split the Pot draw was held Tuesday, January 2nd in Askeaton clubhouse. The winner of €121 was Thomas Toomey.
Split the Pot is our weekly fundraiser for Askeaton Kilcornan AFC. You can enter by writing your name and contact number on the envelope and place your €2 into the envelope. The envelope should be placed into one of the buckets located in SuperValu, Centra, Top of the Town Bar, Cagney’s Bar, Shanahan’s Shop, Boss Barbers, Brian Collins Bookmakers, Moran’s Hardware, Askeaton Soccer Pitch. You can also enter online at www.askeatonkilcornanafc.ie The draw is held every Tuesday evening. Half of the money entered into the draw is given in prize money and the other half goes towards funding activities for our club. We thank you all for your continued support of this fundraising initiative, it is very much appreciated.
This weeks Bonus Ball winning number is 5.
Draw 1 winner: Milo McMahon
Draw 2 winner: Anita Fitzgerald
Congratulations to you both.