Youth Champions 2018

U18 Championship Result 26.04.2018

Kinvara United 3 (Travis, Own Goal, Mulligan) Corrib Rangers 0

The situation was clear to the Kinvara players and supporters who gathered at Killina on Thursday evening: a win would make us Champions, a draw would lead to a play-off match with Ramblers, and a defeat would mean second place behind Ramblers. There was an air of nervousness in the changing room, but once the lads began their warm up routine confidence began to grow, so that by kick off everyone knew it would have to be a very good team to stop the Championship coming to Kinvara.

The first 15 minutes was played mostly around the Rangers penalty box, but they had a good goalkeeper, and from their commitment in the tackle it was clear that Kinvara would have to play well if we were to prevail. The pace of Luke Connors, Oisin Casasin, and Carraigh Murphy was troubling the physically imposing Rangers defence, but the breakthrough would not come, and the tension rose on the touchline.

On 16 minutes, Danny Travis broke from midfield, played a 1-2 with Rory Moran and smashed a shot from outside of the box into the corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. Now Kinvara began to relax, and carve out a number of chances for strikers Connors and Casasin, resulting in good saves, goal-line clearances and near misses. Rory Moran went close from the edge of the box, Tom Brennan tried his luck from long range, and Travis went close with a header from one of Eoghan Hanley’s brilliant set pieces.

However, the vital second goal would not come, and gradually Rangers weathered the storm, and began to threaten the Kinvara goal. The defence of Daire Murphy, Colm Moran, and Eoghan Hanley, superbly led by team captain Darren Kilkelly was totally committed. In goal, Donal Keely was his usual confident self, determined to maintain his long run of clean-sheets.

The half time discussion was of relaxing, keep passing the ball, and not to get drawn into a physical battle. Rangers came out determined to spoil the party, and the tackles in midfield from both teams were very hard but fair. Substitutes Dean Ivers and Donal Mulligan came on to add fresh impetus to the attack, and both went close to scoring the precious second goal. Eventually on 62 minutes, Hanley sent over another dangerous cross, and the strength of Ivers was enough to force the keeper to punch the ball into his own net. 2-0 with less than 30 minutes remaining!

Then, one of the many crucial moments in this pulsating contest. A clever Rangers passing move released their striker in front of goal. Keely raced bravely off his line to make a fantastic point blank save. Kinvara, roared on by the massive crowd, realised that the game was not yet won. Rory Moran played a through ball for Ivers who rounded the keeper but the angle was too tight for him to score, so he unselfishly crossed for Donal Mulligan to tap in from close range.

Kinvara could now relax, and further chances came and went. Casasin had one shot blocked on the line, Connors, Ivers, Travis, Carraigh Murphy and Brennan all went close. To their great credit, Rangers kept going until the final whistle, and were a credit to themselves, their coaches, and their club.

At the final whistle, the Kinvara players were totally exhausted from the physical effort and the excitement of the occasion. The Championship trophy was presented to Darren Kilkelly by Mr. Pat Minogue of Galway FA, who congratulated both teams on such an exciting match. Darren then thanked his teammates, coaches, and especially parents for their support over several seasons. Dave Travis (Manager) thanked the team and parents for their commitment over the last 10 years. Dave also thanked those ex players who had come along to support their friends tonight, including Mikey McArdle, Patrick Byrne, Joseph Madison, and Conail Larrissey, and particularly Ronnie Graham who originally brought this group together. He also thanked Corrib Rangers, the superb referee Tommy Murphy, and Jamie Warrick and Ger Ryan of KUFC, and the many members of KUFC present tonight, including a large number from the adult team.

The party then resumed in Keogh’s for the presentation of medals, and food and drink (Miwadi for the lads, and definitely not Miwadi for the parents!)

More photos to follow in the coming days.

Good luck to the Junior team in their Cup Final at Eamonn Deacy Park on Thursday 3 May 7 pm, including Danny Travis. All support would, I am certain, be welcome.

Kinvara United:

1. Donal Keely
2. Daire Murphy
3. Eoghan Hanley
4. Darren Kilkelly (Captain)
5. Colm Moran
6. Tom Brennan
7. Carraigh Murphy
8. Rory Moran
9. Oisin Casasin
10. Danny Travis
11. Luke Connors
12. Donal Mulligan
13. Dean Ivers


Danny Travis, Youth Champion 2018 with his father and manager Dave Travis.

Youth Champions 2018

Darren Kilkelly Captain Youth Champions 2018


U18s vs Corrib Celtic 22.04.2018

U18 Championship Result 22.04.2018

Kinvara United 3 Corrib Celtic 0

Another windy day at Killina, and Kinvara captain Darren Kilkelly opted to play with the wind advantage in the first half. However, the wind proved to be so strong that it was difficult for the Kinvara lads to control the pace of their passes.

The midfield of Carraigh Murphy, Tom Brennan, Barry Britton, Rory Moran, and Danny Travis were controlling the game, but were finding it difficult to create chances for striker Oisin Casasin.

Britton tested the Corrib keeper from long range, but Celtic were content to clear the ball anywhere in the knowledge that they would be playing with the wind behind them in the second half. However, five minutes before half time, Eoghan Hanley provided a dangerous corner that Colm Moran turned into the net at the near post.

The half time team discussion was about how to cope with the expected long balls from a physically imposing Celtic team. From the kick off the back four of Daire Murphy, Darren Kilkelly, Colm Moran, and Eoghan Hanley stood up bravely to the barrage of long balls. Behind them, goalkeeper Donal Keely was as cool as a cucumber, and once again his kicking was first class.

Within a few minutes the Kinvara players began to realise that playing into the wind actually made it easier to control their passes, which gave a natural advantage to a passing team. Rory Moran’s close control began to create chances. One such run allowed Moran to play in Casasin who out-sprinted his marker, and smashed the ball against the bar. Then Moran again crossed, and Carraigh Murphy beat the goalkeeper and defender to the ball to calmly score.

On 66 minutes the game was effectively over, when Danny Travis picked up the ball to the right of midfield, before hitting it with his left foot into the corner of the net to make it 3-0.

Ciaran Mellick came on to add his strength and skill to the right of midfield, and Kinvara comfortably saw out the rest of the game.

In the changing room afterwards, news came through that Ramblers had been held to a draw by Corrib Rangers, meaning that if Kinvara beat Rangers on Thursday, we will be Champions! Rangers will be a difficult game, but the incentive is huge for these fine young men.

Kinvara United team sponsored by GBS&Co Accountants: Keely, Murphy D, Kilkelly, Moran C, Hanley, Murphy C, Brennan, Britton, Moran, Travis, Casasin, Mellick.


Cup Final 2018

Joe Ryan Cup Semi-Final, Sunday 15 April 2018

Kinvara United 2 (Kent, Travis) Knocknacarra FC 1

The Joe Ryan Cup presented Kinvara with an opportunity to salvage something from a disappointing season. Victory today would mean a final against MacDara in Eamonn Deacy Park, 10 years after Kinvara’s last appearance at the home of Galway United.

The match kicked off in wet and very windy conditions. The weather made it difficult to play good football, the wind in particular causing problems for both teams. As a result the first half ended in stalemate and produced few chances. Louis Fossati and Johny O’Dea worked hard up front but found it difficult to hold the ball up against an uncompromising Knocknacarra defence.  Kinvara also struggled to get enough ball out to wide men Ricky Kent and Peter Mulleady. The midfield was hampered by a knee injury to Dualta Griffin which reduced his mobility. Danny O’Connor was everywhere, but space and time in midfield was at a premium. However, the Kinvara defence of Paul O’Sullivan, Nigel Conneely, Gerard O’Dea, and Graham Martin were coping well with the Knocknacarra attack, and keeper Gary Kavanagh dealt competently with anything that got past the back four.

Half time saw the introduction of 16 year old Danny Travis for the injured Griffin, resulting in a re-shuffle that saw Johny O’Dea dropping back into midfield, Kent playing more centrally, and Travis playing wide left. Kinvara began to dominate the game, creating chances, but sometimes missing out by not releasing the ball as quickly as they could have. Fossati forced the keeper into a good save, Kent went close, and a Travis free kick was just wide.  Knocknacarra remained dangerous on the break, and a misunderstanding from a Kinvara free kick on the edge of the Knocknacarra box led to the ball being cleared high into the swirling wind. As the ball dropped it was hit on the volley with the outside of the boot from over 30 yards by the Knocknacarra substitute. The ball swerved wickedly from left to right, giving the keeper no chance. A great goal!

Fifteen minutes remained for Kinvara to rescue the game. Jonny O’Dea was replaced by Mark Kavanagh, and Conneely was injured and replaced by Jeff Stephens, prompting another reshuffle that pushed O’Sullivan into midfield. Within four minutes Kinvara were level, when a miscued clearance gave Kent the opportunity to score from 10 yards. Game on, but with the prospect of extra time and (God help us!) penalties.

Kinvara continued to pour forward with Martin overlapping at every opportunity, giving Travis the opportunity to send in a series of dangerous crosses. Eventually with one minute left, Travis picked up the ball on the left, evaded a couple of tackles, and bent the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. A goal worthy of winning any game!

Pandemonium ensued, but the match was not yet won. Knocknacarra threw everyone forward and in the last seconds of injury time Kinvara defenders threw their bodies in front of Knocknacarra shots and boots to protect the slender lead and to guarantee a place in the final at Eamonn Deacy Park on Thursday 3 May at 7 pm.

Congratulations to the full panel and management on a stirring win, and best of luck for the cup final and the remaining league games. Special mention to Nigel Conneely who played in Kinvara’s last final appearance 10 years ago, when a very young boy. Nigel was also on the Kinvara  panel on their  only previous final appearance 20 years ago, when practically a baby!

Kinvara United: Gary Kavanagh, Paul O’Sullivan, Gerard O’Dea, Nigel Conneely, Graham Martin, Peter Mulleady, Danny O’Connor, Dualta Griffin, Ricky Kent, Johny O’Dea, Louis Fossati, Danny Travis, Mark Kavanagh, Jeff Stephens, Conor McGourty, Ger Ryan, David Bermingham, Cormac Killilea.

Match report by Dave Travis.


U15s vs Colga 18-02-2017

Kinvara U15 was managed by Liam Carroll today, who also provides this match report.

Good performance today. Ended 4-1. The half-time score was 1-0 with Harry Mulleady scoring a penalty. Sean Pearl, Harry Mulleady, Michael Corless and Daniel Connolly all going close. Ryan Waterhouse and Hugo Fossatti played good football on the wings. With both fullbacks Conor McGrath and Oran Frawley supporting the play really well.

We pressed them well with wind first half. After the restart Josh Medina did a Gareth bale run from inside his own half beat two defenders and slot the ball home. The colga team were resolute in defence and when the kinvara midfield players spread the ball wide into the channels kinvara stretched their defence. Josh after some very good interplay scored his second to put the tie to bed. The goal of the game came 15 minutes from the end. A colga attack broke down through great defending by a strong kufc defence, passing out to Michael Corless who spread the ball wide to Conor O’Dwyer who’s first time through ball set Josh through who calmly passed the ball into the net, to complete his hat-trick. Colga scored a good goal in the last ten minutes, but it was too late to affect the match. A strong display from everyone 1 to 15 in a kufc shirt.

The final result was: Kinvara 4-1 Colga.

Kinvara Team: Hugh Gately, Oran Frawley, Conor McGrath, Dylan Marchant (Captain), Jack O’Connor, Hugo Fossati, Ryan Waterhouse, Harry Mulleady (1), Michael Corless, Daniel Connolly, Sean Pearl.

All subs used: Kevin McHugh, Conor O’Dwyer, Michael Costello, Josh Medina (3)

The Kinvara U15 team is sponsored by AIP Thermoform Packaging, based in Ennis, who specialize in the design and manufacture of “Technical Packaging Solutions” for the Medical, Electronic and Retail sectors. For more info go to

U15s Division 1 Cup Quarter Final

Match Report

The Kinvara Boys U15’s agreed to a fixture change request from Kiltullagh so this league cup game was played on a Sunday. The conditions were very tough for both teams as it was bitterly cold and the high wind that blew across the pitch required special attention. The referee Mike Walsh reminded both teams that since it was a cup game that it would go into two 10 minutes of extra-time in the event of sides being level after 70 minutes, and then to penalties if required.

The first half of normal time had both teams playing reasonable football and making a few chances each, however none were converted. The half-time jaffa cakes went down well and instructions went to every player to fight for every ball against a physical Kiltullagh side who had beaten us by a score line of 3-1 in the league back in November. Back in November it seemed that Kiltullagh dominated every 50:50 challenge in every position on the pitch. This wasn’t happening today though, with Kinvara lads starting to match their physical strength.

The second half of normal time was an entirely different game, with Kinvara dominating the chances at a ratio of 6 chances to Kinvara and 1 chance to Kiltullagh, none of which were converted for either side. Best chances for Kinvara were from Conor Burke and Cian Morgan. Almost all of Kinvara good play went through one player, Ryan Waterhouse, who put in a man-of-the-match performance, and simply everything Ryan tried worked well, using his great touch of a ball to ghost past people on the outside channel, and mixed up play really well by retaining possession when required and linking up with other players. Daniel Connolly was now dominating in the air in midfield and all kick outs from their keeper was being attacked leading to goal scoring opportunities. We still couldn’t put the ball in the net but remained patient and hard working. Late in the game one big chance came to Kiltullagh when they broke our central defence, but amazing alertness and pace by Jack O’Connor resulted in the attacker being pushed out wide and the ball was safely diverted to touch.

With the game looking like it was going into extra time, the manager dispatched one of the subs to bring out the emergency supplies of fruit pastilles for the boys, and they were duly devoured.

Extra-time though was when everything changed for Kinvara who dominated the entire period, winning almost every 50:50 challenge and creating endless chances. The option most tried by Kiltullagh was the long ball, which simply did not work against the strong wind, with almost every long ball ending up safely in touch. Kinvara on the other hand, played attractive football on the ground, mainly through Ryan Waterhouse, and good passing and interchanging. Finally our dominance paid off, with Conor Burke scoring what ended up being the only game of the contest. A very tense 6 minutes remained where Kinvara held possession high up the pitch and excellent discipline and composure from every Kinvara player. It would only take one mistake by one player for Kiltullagh to get back into the game, but Kinvara did not make a mistake and Kiltullagh did not get a scoring opportunity in extra time.

The final result was: Kiltullagh 0-1 Kinvara United AET.

Kinvara Team: Hugh Gately, Oran Frawley, Conor McGrath, Dylan Marchant (Captain), Kevin McHugh, Ryan Waterhouse (Man of the Match), Conor Burke (1), Harry Mulleady, Michael Corless, Daniel Connolly, Cian Morgan.

Subs: Jack O’Connor replacing Kevin McHugh early in second half of normal time. Sean Pearl, Hugo Fossati, Conor O’Dwyer, Michael Costello.

The Kinvara U15 team is sponsored by AIP Thermoform Packaging, based in Ennis, who specialize in the design and manufacture of “Technical Packaging Solutions” for the Medical, Electronic and Retail sectors. For more info go to


Gaza v’s Kinvara 4-Aug-2016

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY TO BE PLAYED IN Kinvara at the Kinvara United FC pitch, Killina – click for directions here


  1. 4:30pm Gaza players arrive at pitch. Greeted by John Griffin
  2. 4:40pm – 6:15pm Galway Community Circus Feel free to bring a picnic and something to share. No ham/pork
  3. 7pm – 8:10pm TWO 7-a-side games to be played at the same time, 30 minutes a-side (FAI guidelines)
    1. Kinvara Under 12’s will play against Gaza age 10/11/12 (some u12s) – referee: Tommy Murphy
    2. Kinvara Under 14’s will play against Gaza age 12/13/14 – referee: Howard McCarthy
  4. 8:15pm  Penalty shootout


  1. We need traffic marshals, please report to Ger Ryan 087-9823033 at 4:15pm, and let Ger know in advance if assisting.
  2. We need people to car-pool, park in the village and drive down together.


A group of 14 children from Gaza aged between 10 and 14, will play two Kinvara United teams on Thursday 4th August in Killina.

Both matches will kick off at 7pm, so that all the Gaza players are playing football, and not standing around watching games.

Since the Gaza kids are very small and some very young, they will be playing in two 7-a-side games, with the youngest players playing Kinvara under-12s and the older players playing Kinvara under-14s.

A single 11-a-side match is simply not appropriate for mixing 10 year old boys with 14 year old boys.

Afterwards, there will be a penalty shootout competition.


Gaza team play Kinvara United     #BeFunky

Age Profile of Gaza Players

  1. age 10 x 1
  2. age 11 x 5
  3. age 12 x 4
  4. age 13 x 2
  5. age 14 x2