Junior Club Championship Final

Junior A Championship Final


Castleknock 2-22 Raheny 1-7


History was made in Parnell Park on Sunday when Castleknock won the Junior A football crown for the first time in the clubs short history and thus guaranteed themselves intermediate championship football next season. It was a dream performance from the Dublin 15 boys as they beat a game Raheny comprehensively by 18 points.


From the start Castleknock TORE into Raheny and it was one-way traffic for the first 20 minutes. Rory and Tommy operated in a two man full forward line and made hay with great deliveries in from Shane Boland, Cathal, Ciaran and Mattie. Rory went to town and had five points in the first ten minutes in what was a torrid first half for his marker. Jamie Tunney was working like a dog on his wing and winning everything in the air and chipped in with some lovely scores himself. At the back Hannigan and Tom Quinn marshalled the full back line effectively with minor Eoin O Brien belying his young years by having a solid game at wing back.


The opening goal for Castleknock came when some well worked passing on the right wing between Jamie and Boland opened up a mountain of space down the middle. Onto the ball came Shiels like a train and not happy to take the handy point he burst into the 21 and unleashed a shot that cannoned off the crossbar. There was no way he was heading back empty handed so he battled his way for the rebound, got his hands on it and stuck it in the back of the net.


Ciaran found his range then and slotted some lovely scores making use of the short free effectively. Another move initiated by Boland again down the left wing found Rory on the edge of the square and he unselfishly laid off to the brother Tommy who finished to the net from close range.


Raheny shell-shocked, eventually shook themselves and got two points through their tricky corner forward. In fairness to Raheny they made use of whatever limited possession they had. However Castleknock kicked on again and scores from Boland and Kilkenny kept Castleknock in the ascendancy


Half time

Castleknock 2-11 Raheny 0-5


Ross Mullins replaced Colm Neville at half time who had been having a solid game marking Rahenys playmaker Mick O Keeffe. Boland again started well in the middle feeding Rory for the opening score. Raheny went down the other end and got a point and then an excellent cross field from O Keeffe eventually ended up in the Raheny corner forwards hand and he slotted it in the corner. That should have been Rahenys signal to push on but they never scored again and it was all Castleknock.


Kilkenny really got motoring now and time and again he sprinted by players to set up attacks or finish off scores himself. On the other wing Jamie Tunney was getting through a mountain of work with Vinny, Mattie and Tom Quinn maintaining a defensive shield across the Castleknock 45.


Shane Boland slotted a nice point after ghosting by 3 or 4 challenges where Raheny tried to put him into row Z. Ciaran off the left and right kept the scoreboard ticking over and then Castleknock emptied the bench with the subs getting valuable playing time. Eventually the referee put Raheny out of their misery and Castleknock ended the game 18 point winners. There was only one thing left to do and that was for Cathal Daly and the Bull to lift trophy and send the Castleknock masses off singing into the night,


So with McCormack, Shiels, Corcoran, Quinn and Griffin all involved Tommy is indeed winning matches.


Well done to the Castleknock management and players for a tremendous year but its not over yet. Bring on the Carlow boys!!!!


Team: Alex Griffith, Jack King, Graham Hannigan, Tom Quinn, Vinny Turner, Tom Shiels (1-0), Eoin O Brien, Shane Boland (0-2), Ciaran Kilkenny (0-7), Jamie Tunney (0-2), Cathal Daly, Matty Griffin, Tom Corcoran (1-3), Rory Corcoran (0-8), Colm Neville


Subs used: Ross Mullins, Dessie Carlos, Conor Prunty, Kev Kindlon, Dave Sweeney

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