Club News

November 8, 2018


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Saturday 25th Sept. U12 Conn Cup V Castlebar Celtic Away 2pm KO Bus leaves at 12.30

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Sunday 26th Sept U17 Girls league V Castlebar Celtic Home 12noon KO

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U16 Boys Sign off with a win

The U16 boys completed their home league programme with a solid 4-1 victory over Castlebar Town on Monday evening. A Darragh O’Boyle hatrick and one from Ryan Sweeny left the home side finishing on a high note.


Welcome home Aileen

A large gathering was there to welcome home our World Cup star Aileen Gilroy when she arrived in town on Sunday evening.  The home coming was organised by Killala FC and it was great to see such a gathering of club mates, team  mates, family & friends  turn up to congratulate her and her family on her magnificent acheivements with the Irish team.


Messi on his way to Killala ?

Killala Player & Committee member Marc McDonnell was in the Nou Camp last week and has convinced Messi to sign up for the upcoming  Connaught cup & FAI matches and forgo the Champions league this season


Brave Irish out

FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup quarter-final
Republic of Ireland 1-2 Japan
DOS5 The Republic of Ireland women’s U17 side were defeated 2-1 by a strong Japanese side in the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup quarter-final in Trinidad on Friday night. Ireland’s World Cup hopes were dented in the 34th minute when Canadian referee, Michelle Pye gifted a penalty to Japan as Maomoto duly converted but Ireland hit back in the 53rd minute through Denise O’Sullivan (Pictured scoring) who was in sensational form for the Irish throughout. However, Japan’s top goal scorer, Yokohama was on-hand in the 67th minute to score a marvelous goal to send Japan through to the World Cup semi-final as Ireland face the long journey home after a tremendous World Cup campaign which they can be incredibly proud of.

In a lively opening to the game, Ireland started brightly and they had the games first real chance as Dora Gorman forced a save from Hirao in Japan’s goal after two minutes.
Japanese attacker, Yokohama went close for Japan in the 16th minute when she unleashed a powerful effort at Grace Moloney but the Irish keeper was well positioned to save from Japan’s top scorer. Two minutes later, Yokohama was once again causing problems in Ireland’s defence when she collected the ball deep inside the Irish half and burst through the Irish defence but her right footed shot went just wide.
Ireland went close minutes later through Siobhán Killeen and Denise O’Sullivan. In the 20th minute, Killeen showed a remarkable turn of pace to beat her defender but her shot from distance was well saved by the Japanese keeper while three minutes later, the ever dangerous Denise O’Sullivan showed great skill on the edge of the box but her effort was once again saved by the Japanese captain, Hirao.
In a pulsating period to the game, Irish defender, Megan Campbell went close with her free-kick from 30 yards but almost instantly, Japan broke down the field as Nakada fired her shot wide of goal from just 10 yards. The Japanese defence were having trouble dealing with the attacking threat of the Irish and Siobhán Killeen almost capitalised in the 33rd minute when she intercepted the ball in the middle of the field but her effort from 25 yards was again saved by the keeper.
Japan were in front a minute later when Megan Campbell was adjudged to have fouled Yokohama in Ireland’s box and Maomoto stepped up to force her spot-kick past the out-stretched Grace Moloney. Much to the amazement to the crowd at the Larry Gomes Stadium, the decision of referee, Pye was made even more controversial when her linesperson signaled for a corner-kick with no appeal coming from any Japanese players
Yokohama could have doubled Japan’s lead in the 39th minute but Grace Moloney was on-hand yet again to make a remarkable save from her stinging shot from 15 yards.
Japan finished the second half strongly and they had two glorious opportunities to extend the lead as Jennifer Byrne made a fantastic last-ditch block on Kawashima while Grace Moloney made a point blank save from Kato who had the goal at her mercy.
Ireland emerged invigorated from Noel King’s half-time team talk and they had a number of chances early on as Megan Campbell and Jessica Gleeson each went close from long range free-kicks. However, Ireland were level in the 53rd minute when Stacie Donnelly played a teasing ball over the top of Japan’s defence and as goalkeeper, Hirao and her defender, Takagi collided on the edge of the box, Denise O’Sullivan was on-hand to nip in ahead of the defence as she shot the ball into an empty net.
Japan regained the lead in the 67th minute in what was a remarkable move after Ireland came agonisingly close from a corner kick, Japan broke on a counter attack, playing in Yokohama who turned Ciara O’Brien and she unleashed an unstoppable shot from 15 yards, giving Moloney absolutely no chance.
From there on in, Ireland were on the front foot as they went in search of an elusive equaliser. Megan Campbell went close once again with a free-kick from 25 yards which was again saved by Hirao and with the introduction of Rianna Jarrett in the 70th minute, it gave Ireland an extra attacking option up front.
Ireland came agonisingly close to the equaliser in the 81st minute when Siobhán Killeen burst her way through Japan’s box and she played it to Jarrett who evaded the challenge of the defence and squared it to Donnelly on the edge of the six yard box but her shot was blocked by Hirao. Ireland continued to press for the remaining minutes of the game and Rianna Jarrett almost grabbed a sensational goal but her header from a Megan Campbell throw went just over the bar in what was the last action of the game.
Republic of Ireland:
Grace Moloney, Ciara O’Brien, Megan Campbell, Jessica Gleeson, Jennifer Byrne, Ciara Grant, Aileen Gilroy, Dora Gorman (C), Denise O’Sullivan, Siobhán Killeen, Stacie Donnelly.

Zoe Boyd, Rianna Jarrett (on for Gilroy, 70 mins), Tanya Kennedy (on for Donnelly, 89 mins), Kerry Glynn, Amanda Budden, Claire Shine, Harriet Scott (on for Killeen, 89 mins), Rebecca Kearney, Jillian Maloney, Emma Hansberry.

Eri Hirao (C), Naoka Wada, Ayu Nakada, Hikaru Naomoto, Yoko Tanaka, Haruna Kamashima, Tomoko Kawashima, Haruka Hamada, Hikari Takagi, Chika Kato, Kumi Yokoyama.

Serina Kashimoto, Mami Kanazawa, Yume Nagasawa, Mai Kyokawa, Mina Tanaka, Arisa Mochizuki, Yuka Honda, Ami Goto, Hikari Nagashima, Isayo Mita

Referee: Michelle Pye (Canada)


Ireland set for quarter-final show-down with Japan

The Republic of Ireland women’s U17 side take on Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-final in Trinidad, tomorrow (Friday) at 12 midnight. The game will be streamed live by and will also be shown live on Eurosport while there will also be live text commentary available on

kingjapanIreland go into the quarter-finals in superb form following their emergence from Group D as winners ahead of Brazil, Canada and Ghana. Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the opening game but they got their World Cup dream back on track with two successive victories over North American Champions, Canada (1-0) and Ghana (3-0).
Japan also go into the game in confident form following two 6-0 victories over Venezuela and New Zealand respectively after their opening 4-1 loss to European Champions, Spain.
Speaking on the eve of the World Cup quarter-final clash, Republic of Ireland manager, Noel King said, ” Since our arrival at the tournament, we have been scouting and monitoring a number of teams, including Japan. We have already seen them play twice and have been looking at the dvd’s from their previous games. There is no doubt that they will be a massive test for our side as they possess a different threat to our team which we may not have encountered in the World Cup so far. They are an incredibly strong side who like to play free flowing, attacking football and after scoring 13 goals in the last three games, there’s no doubt that they will be dangerous in front of goal. At this stage of the competition, I think everyone knows the style of football that we possess, we will not be changing our system at this stage because I believe it will allow us to get at Japan both defensively and in attack. We also have a number of small knocks in the camp but hopefully the players will recover in time to face Japan,” said King.

King added, “All of the girls are extremely excited about qualifying for this stage of the competition. It is a historic moment for women’s football in Ireland and no matter what the outcome of this game, we have already made history but I know that the girls just want to go the whole way to the final at this stage, such is the confidence in the squad. Emerging from a group ahead of Brazil, Canada and Ghana was always going to be a massive task and to be honest, nobody here expected us to top the group ahead of those world class teams. Those results have given the whole group the confidence which is required at this level and I really believe that the girls are not finished just yet,” he said.

FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup – Group 4 Results
Republic of Ireland 1-2 Brazil
Monday, September 6
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Canada
Thursday, September 9
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad

Republic of Ireland 3-0 Ghana
Monday September 13
Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago

FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup – Quarter-final
Republic of Ireland v Japan
Friday September 17
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad

Republic of Ireland squad
Grace Moloney – Reading
Ciara O’Brien – Tramore
Megan Campbell – St. Francis
Jessica Gleeson – Tramore
Jennifer Byrne – Bealnamulla
Ciara Grant – Kilmacrennan Celtic
Aileen Gilroy – Killala
Dora Gorman – Salthill Devon
Zoe Boyd – Montclair Thunderbolts (USA)
Denise O’Sullivan – Wilton United
Siobhan Killeen – Raheny United
Stacie Donnelly – Reading
Rianna Jarrett – Westend United
Tanya Kennedy – Finn Valley
Kerry Glynn – Montclair Thunderbolts (USA)
Amanda Budden – Wilton United
Claire Shine – Douglas Hall
Harriet Scott – Reading
Rebecca Kearney – Lakewood Athletic
Jillian Maloney – Roswell Santos (USA)
Emma Hansberry – Strand Celtic
Noel King


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Another win for U16  Boys

A hatrick from Simon Helly and 2 from Darragh O’Boyle gave Killala the 3 points in this league clash at Courthouse St. on Monday evening as they defeated a lively Urlaur Utd side 5-2.


Aileens Goal shoots Irish girls to World Cup Quarter Finals

The Republic of Ireland women’s U17 side continued their historic World Cup journey with a 3-0 victory over Ghana in their final FIFA World Cup, Group D match. That result, coupled with Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Canada in the same group, means that the young ‘Girls in Green’ advance to the quarter-finals of the competition as group winners and will now meet Japan in the quarter-final on Friday (September 17) at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Trinidad.

gilroy In what was a bruising encounter, goals from Megan Campbell, Stacie Donnelly and Aileen Gilroy secured the three precious points they required to secure their progression to the next round.

Photo: Aileen Gilroy scores Ireland’s third

With just five minutes played, Ireland were ahead courtesy of a sublime free-kick from dead-ball specialist, Megan Campbell. The lively Denise O’Sullivan was hauled down on the left-wing and Campbell was on-hand to send her left-footed free-kick over the stranded keeper, Otoo and into the top corner of the net.
The front pairing of Stacie Donnelly and Denise O’Sullivan were causing the Ghanaian defence all sorts of problems early on. After 19 minutes, Reading striker, Donnelly won possession on the edge of Ghana’s box and she laid the ball off for Wilton’s Denise O’Sullivan whose shot from 15 yards out went just over the bar.
Ghana’s first attempt on goal came in the 23rd minute when Yiadom let-fly from 30 yards but her shot was comfortably saved by the ever-reliable Grace Moloney in goal.
Mid-way through the first half, Ireland were enjoying large periods of possession in key areas of the field in a patient approach to their opponents. Siobhán Killeen, who had scored in the two previous games was dangerous once again and she came close in the 28th minute when she skipped past her defender with ease on the left and from 15 yards powered her effort across goal, only to see the ball go agonisingly over the bar.
Ireland doubled their advantage in the 36th minute through Stacie Donnelly when Denise O’Sullivan caused mayhem in the Ghanaian box after she chased down her defender, Antwi in the right corner. Ghana defender, Antwi played it to her keeper, Otoo who returned to the ball to Antwi and under pressure from Denise O’Sullivan, the Ghana defender, helped it on to Stacie Donnelly who stroked the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
In the closing stages of the first half, Ireland were in complete control but they almost allowed Ghana back into the game in the 42nd minute when Aileen Gilroy brought down Ghana’s captain, Sesu in the box and the referee made no hesitation with awarding a penalty. Ghana midfielder, Mary Essiful put the resulting spot-kick to the left of Grace Moloney’s post, much to the relief of the Irish, who went in at the break with a two goal lead.
Ireland started the second-half strongly and came close early on through Denise O’Sullivan who was once again chasing down loose back-passes from the defence to the goalkeeper while Megan Campbell forced Otoo into a finger-tip save from a corner in the 58th minute.
In a frantic period to the game, with both sides playing free-flowing attacking football, Irish defender, Jennifer Byrne came close from a Megan Campbell throw in the 63rd minute while seconds later, Ghana’s Sumala’s effort was comfortably saved at the other end by Moloney.
Two minutes later, a wicked shot from Okyere from outside the Irish box was tipped around the post by the influential Moloney and from the resulting corner, Stacie Donnelly was on hand to clear a goal-bound effort off the line. Okyere thought she had pulled one back in the 75th minute when she challenged Moloney in the Irish box but the referee made no hesitation and ruled the goal out for fouling the Reading keeper.
Ireland wrapped up the win in the 77th minute with a wonder strike from Aileen Gilroy from nearly 30 yards out on the right wing. A pin-point ball from Jennifer Byrne found Gilroy in space and her first-time shot gave Otoo no chance as the ball nestled in the back of the net. The Killala midfielder was left shaken following her strike after a late tackle from a Ghanaian defender as she left the field to be replaced by Emma Hansberry minutes later.
Ireland finished the game strongly and held on for a historic victory which sees them top Group D ahead of Brazil, Canada and Ghana and now face the highly rated Japan at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Trinidad on Friday, September 17. Kick-off is 12.00am (Irish time)
Republic of Ireland:
Grace Moloney, Ciara O’Brien, Megan Campbell, Jessica Gleeson, Jennifer Byrne, Ciara Grant, Aileen Gilroy, Dora Gorman (C), Denise O’Sullivan, Siobhán Killeen, Stacie Donnelly.

Zoe Boyd, Rianna Jarrett (on for Donnelly, 69 mins), Tanya Kennedy, Kerry Glynn, Amanda Budden, Claire Shine, Harriet Scott (on for Killeen, 75 mins), Rebecca Kearney, Jillian Maloney, Emma Hansberry (on for Gilroy 86 mins).

Ghana: Otoo, Yiadom, Addai, Coleman, Sumaila, Okyere, Sesu (C)Danso, Essiful, Antwi, Abdul-Rahman.

Substitutes: Simpson, Adams, Djabaah, Okyere, Cudjoe, Antwi, Mailk-Jebdon, Asante, Kolli, Issah.

Referee: Estela A