Castleknock Junior 5 Footballers Deprived At The Death

(26 Jul 2020)

Castleknock 0-9 Geraldine P. Moran 1-7

Denied what looked a cast-iron close-in free dead straight in front of the goals in the final minute Castleknock can count themselves extremely unlucky to lose this Junior 5 All-County Championship match by a point, 0-9 1-7 to Geraldine P. Moran in Somerton this Sunday afternoon (July 26).

In truth though, if should never have come down to that one call as Castleknock had enough opportunities, in the second-half in particular, to win not one but two games at any level.

The Geraldines started with the advantage of a stiff breeze but even so Castleknock defended well, the imperious Ger O’Brien at full-back and the younger players around him, keeping them at bay by breaking up numerous attacks.

A Castleknock run of points in a 6 minute spell produced good scores from Luke Nulty, Ben O’Neill, Paul Hughes and David Geraghty and David Geraghty also came close to claiming a goal when he shot just wide on 14 minutes.

Another good run of Geraldines scores saw the visitors go back in front at 0-5 0-4 but Eoin McKiernan then found David Geraghty with a fine pass and the corner-forward tied it up at five points apiece at the break.

In the third quarter Geraldines played their best football scoring 1-1 and bringing a fine diving save from Eoghan O’Callaghan as well. However in the final 15 minutes Castleknock took control getting everything but the goal that would have won the game.

Sean Fitzsimons scored a great point from distance and David Geraghty pointed when a goal looked likely. On 23 minutes Gerry Kelly won a great turnover and after a quick passing movement substitute Eoin McCambridge found himself free in front of the Geraldines goal.

He drilled the ball low and somewhat a Geraldines defender got back to save right on the goal-line. It was that sort of day for Castleknock. Still the players never gave up and after the lively Ronan McCann and half-back Ben O’Neill had reduced the margin to one point there came that controversial late decision which denied Castleknock what would have been a merited draw.

Strangely even in defeat there was much to be positive about as there were many excellent individual displays throughout the Castleknock team and when they click as a team success will come.

Castleknock: Eoghan O’Callaghan; Gavin O’Connor; Ger O’Brien; Eoin McKiernan; Sean Kennedy; Dave McGinty; Ben O’Neill (0-2); Joe Murray; Sean Fitzsimons (0-1); Mick O’Hara; Paul Henry; Luke Nulty (0-1); David Geraghty (0-3); Paul Hughes (0-1); Matthew Byrne. Subs: Ronan McCann (0-1); Alan Kelly; Eoin McCambridge; Gerry Kelly.

Manager: Gerry Kelly   

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