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(18 Jul 2020)

Castleknock 2-22 Crumlin 3-13
Cian Boyle, shrugged off some Teflon-style marking to score a memorable 1-12, as Castleknock,
overcoming a sluggish first-half, eventually pulled away to victory in this Senior ‘B’ Hurling
Championship First Round match against Crumlin in front of a capacity, all-ticket crowd in sun-
splashed Pearse Park.

Crumlin certainly hit the ground running in this game, racing into an early three-point lead but
Castleknock gradually worked their way into the game with points from Cian Boyle either side of a
mammoth score from full-back Darragh McCormack. After 11 mins however Crumlin still held a
three-point advantage.

Another two Cian Boyle pointed frees separated by one from Brian ‘Twinner’ Hughes after some
really hard work in front of goal meant the sides were level when the referee called for the historic
first ‘water-break’.

On the resumption Jack King made the first of his many fine clearances from defence and Luke
Whelan pointed to put Castleknock ahead for the first time. From then until half-time it was puck for
puck. Ronan Conway and Conal Purcell hit huge points from distance and while Cian Boyle tagged on another two points Crumlin produced a well-worked goal to leave Castleknock trailing by two points as the break approached. 

Fortunately right on the call of half-time Ronan Conway combined superbly with Cian Boyle and the No.13 drove the sliotar low to the Crumlin net to give Castleknock a much needed boost and a one point interval lead 1-11 1-10. 

Thankfully, in the second-half, the entire Castleknock team upped their performance, outscoring
their admittedly never-say-die opponents by 1-11 2-3, 12 scores to 5 and while there were a few
nervous moments in the 8 minutes of time-added-on, anything other than a Castleknock win would
have been a travesty of justice. 

In addition to Cian Boyle with 6 more points, Ciarán Carey, Ronan Conway (2), Liam Quinn and Conal Purcell all conjured up vital second-half points. 

Perhaps the most pivotal phase of play came between the 12 th and 15 th minutes of the second-half when first Brian Hughes drove the ball all the way to the Crumlin net from far out on the left and then 3 minutes later goalkeeper Jack Banks dived superbly to his left to save a Crumlin penalty. 

After that, in spite of a few late scares Castleknock, were well on the way to securing the
Championship points. On a good evening for youth Davy Bohan in the half-back line and James Tolan in midfield also showed up well as Castleknock maintained their 100% competitive record in 2020. 

One very obvious absentee was Niall O’Callaghan who picked up an injury in a recent challenge
match. Niall had his damaged achilles operated on during the week and sadly will now miss the rest of the season. Niall everyone in the Club wishes you a speedy recovery.

Castleknock: Jack Banks; Jack King; Darragh McCormack (0-1); Ciaran Murphy; Liam Quinn (0-1); Cian O’Dulaing; Davy Bohan; Ronan Conway (0-3); James Tolan; Colm Breslin; Luke Whelan (0-1); Conal Purcell (0-2); Cian Boyle (1-12); Ciarán Carey (0-1); Brian ‘Twinner Hughes (1-1). Subs used: Max Byrne; Eoin Sawyer; Tadhg Kelleher; Eoghan Lyons; Conor Chawke.
Manager: Damian Whelan.

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