Division 3 Team in Parnell Park
Report from Football Feile Weekend 8th and 9th April 2017
By Paddy Hewson
Feile success visited Dublin 15 for a second time in as many weeks as Castleknock’s boys clinched the Division 3 football title in Parnell Park last weekend with a decisive win over north county rivals Naomh Mearnog. Following on from the Castleknock girls recent feile title the local club again showcased their young footballing talent and reaffirmed themselves as a club in the ascendancy.
In Saturday’s unforgiving temperatures Castleknock mentors Dan Canny and Tommy Monaghan witnessed consistent performances from their charges in the preliminary stages and saw their side Beat St Brigids and take a one point win against St Pats, Donabate and a one score win against St Maurs in highly competitive encounters. Meeting Olafs in the semi-final they continued their unbeaten run to claim a final place. There were stellar performances up and down the pitch with ‘Knocks Eoin Monaghan and Femi Oyeleye showed their worth over the weekend and Rohan Tyrrell and Gavin Murphy O’Kane also making an impact.
The final match up on Sunday with Naomh Mearnog started in spectacular fashion with a quartet of scores from Castleknock’s Fergal Seery including a 23 metre free and a nice single handed effort, all in the opening five minutes. Mearnog unleased a number of good attacks with two of them bearing fruit early on through scores from Josh Boylan and Charlie McCarthy. Knock goalkeeper Alex Conroy was equal to the rest of Mearnogs efforts and with the Castleknock making the best of their first half chances they lead by 5 points to 3 at half time.
The second half opened with a Ronan Lakhams partial block down of the Blackwood Lane goalkeepers clearance which fell to Reuben Cahill for Knocks first score of the half and a hint of things to come . From there on in Castleknock were in control and a flurry of goals and points ensured a healthy lead which included a Max Corcoran penalty, his third of the tournament, to help steer the blue and yellow towards victory. A courageous Naomh Mearnog side battled to the end but the west Dublin boys were simply too strong on the day and ran our deserving winners.
Division 8 Team in Balheary