Kilkenny on song for in-form Killester

by Gazette Reporter
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Crumlin United – 1

Killester Donnycarney – 2

Jonny Stapleton

Former underage Irish International defender Ronan Kilkenny continued his rich vein of form in front of goal as Killester Donnycarny became Charlie Cahill Cup finalists over the weekend.

The former League of Ireland underage prospect made it four goals in three games when bagging an all-important brace for Gary Howlett’s men in a tight and tense all-Senior Sunday battle.

Kilkenny stepped up to the set piece plate in two different ways, scoring both of his cup side’s goals in an away cup trip to Pearse Park where they faced Crumlin United.

The former Dundalk starlet showed a striker’s instinct as he pounced to finish close range when Crumlin failed to deal with a corner in the first half.

He went all Ronaldhino versus England, World Cup 2002 when scoring the crucial second, floating a free-kick over the head of the home keeper to win the tie for Killester in the second half.

St Mochta’s also progressed to the last eight courtesy of a player with a League of Ireland background.

Former Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians and Bray Wanderers midfielder Dean Casey’s strike helped the Saints see off stubborn resistance from St Patrick’s CY in Irishtown.

Casey scored the only goal of the game as Brian McCarthy’s men joined the likes of Killester, Ballymun United, Skerries Town, Glebe North, Ballymun United, Wayside Celtic, Usher Celtic and Lucan United in the quarter finals.   

Ronan Kilkenny, who scored the crucial goal for Killester, in action for the Republic of Ireland U-15s against Cyprus at Oriel Park in Dundalk in 2018. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile 

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