(08 Mar 2020)


Castleknock 2-14 Naomh Olaf 2-12

Five points in-a-row during a powerful 10 minute second-half spell into the wind was enough to give Castleknock’s Senior Hurlers the edge over Naomh Olaf in this morning’s AHL3 game in Somerton (March 8).

Assisted by the wind Castleknock opened up an early seven point lead, 2-2 0-1, after just nine minutes. Midfielder Conal Purcell struck two huge points added to by superbly taken goals from Luke Whelan and Cian Boyle to give the home team a commanding lead.

Naomh Olaf responded well however and within another five minutes, after four successive Olafs scores, the margin was down to a mere three points. The game had just entered the second-quarter when Cian Boyle fired over the first of his four first-half frees but much of Castleknock’s good work was undone in the 19th minute when a defensive mistake led to the goal which appeared to put the visitors in the driving seat.

Brian Hughes and Niall O’Callaghan ended the half with well-taken points from play but Castleknock suffered another body-blow when a pitch length move resulted in a second Olaf’s goal to leave Castleknock ahead by only two points, 2-8 2-6, at the break. Indeed matters could have been worse but for a fine Brian Lawlor save at the expense of a ‘65’ in the dying seconds of the half.

The second-half opened in ominous fashion for Castleknock as Olaf’s pulled level within three minutes of the restart. It was then however that Castleknock played some great hurling. Into the teeth of the wind the defence held Olaf’s scoreless for the next nineteen minutes while the forwards scored five points of their own.

Brian Hughes, Luke Whelan and Ronan McCann took some excellent scores and when Cian Boyle following up with two more, one from play and one from a free, Castleknock had moved into a healthy five-point lead, 2-13 2-8.

Refusing to lie down Olaf’s took control again after that landing four points in six minutes to leave just one point in it as the clock ticked over into ‘time added on’ and it took a Luke Whelan point from play in the 34th minute to ease Castleknock concerns.

All in all, it was a great win, born out of sheer determination and team spirit and one which ensures that Castleknock’s 100% winning start to this season’s AHL3 campaign continues in style.

Castleknock: Brian Lawlor; Jack King; Darragh McCormack; Eoghan Dalton; David Bohan; Cian O’Dulaing; Eoin Lyons; James Tolan; Conal Purcell (0-2); Colm Breslin; Niall O’Callaghan (0-1); Luke Whelan (1-2); Cian Boyle (1-6); Ciarán Carey; Brian Hughes (0-2). Subs: Ronan McCann (0-1); Sean Ryan; Ronan Conway.

Manager: Damian Whelan.

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