Castleknock Footballers Edge Brigid’s In Closely Fought Dublin 15 Derby

(28 Sep 2019)

Castleknock Footballers Edge Brigid’s In Closely Fought Dublin 15 Derby

Castleknock 0-15 St. Brigid’s 1-11

It took a wonder Tommy McDaniel point five minutes into time-added-on to give Castleknock a hard-earned Senior 1 Football Championship victory over St. Brigid’s in this evenly contested Dublin 15 Derby on the Blakestown Road on Saturday evening (Sept.28).

The teams were level on seven occasions as both sides blew hot and cold seeming almost to take it in turns to dominate the scoreboard in what was a real see-saw battle.

First out of the blocks Castleknock opened with points from Kevin Stephenson and Rob Shaw before St. Brigid’s Paddy Andrews replied with two of his own, the second a superb strike off the outside of his right boot.

Ger McDermottroe put Castleknock back in front, the signal for a burst of Brigid’s points from Mal Tighe, Paddy Andrews again and two from Philly Ryan.

Castleknock went 18 minutes without scoring in the first-half but when they finally found the target it was to deadly effect. In the space of three minutes Darragh Warnock, Ben Galvin and Gerard McDermottroe (twice) pointed to give the table-toppers a 0-7 0-6 interval lead.

Seamus O’Carroll hit a great free from near the sideline to open the second-half but then St. Brigid’s took over. Philly Ryan hit a fine point on the turn and then three Paddy Andrews frees in as many minutes pushed his team into a 0-10 0-8 lead.

After that it was Castleknock’s turn to take over again. Five points in-a-row, two from Ger McDermottroe, two from Seamus O’Carroll and a soaring effort from sub Tommy McDaniel looked decisive until with six minutes to go Philly Ryan got on the end of a terrific Brigid’s move to knock the ball to the Castleknock net and tie the game up for the sixth time.

It was anyone’s game after that. A Lorcan McCarthy point seemed to have won it for the Russell Park side until Seamus O’Carroll split the Brigid’s posts with a huge 40 metre free followed by that breath-taking winner from Tommy McDaniel.

Two of the game’s longest serving players showed how it’s done throughout with John O’Loughlin’s high fielding for St. Brigid’s and James Sherry’s turnovers for Castleknock among the evening’s highlights.

The result means Castleknock top Group 4 with three wins from three and now meet Thomas Davis in the Senior 1 Quarter-Final.

Castleknock: Morven Connolly; Ciaran Murphy; Paul Bourke; Com Neville; Fintan Sweeney; Tom Shields; Rob Shaw (0-1); Sean Gibbons; Mattie Walsh; Kevin Stephenson (0-1); Ben Galvin (0-1); Darragh Warnock (0-1); Gerard McDermottroe (0-5); James Sherry; Seamus O’Carroll (0-4). Subs: Graham Hannigan; Tommy McDaniel (0-2); Tom Quinn; Niall Millmore; John Kindlon; James Tolan.

Manager: Lar Norton.
Report: Kevin Mallon



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