Castleknock Junior Hurlers Denied By Disallowed Goal(s)?

(19 Oct 2019)

Castleknock Junior Hurlers Denied By Disallowed Goal(s)?

Castleknock 0-18 St. Judes 1-18

A highly contentious disallowed penalty goal ten minutes from full-time ensured Castleknock fell just short in a hugely competitive Junior Hurling ‘C’ Championship Final in showery O’Toole Park this afternoon (Oct.19).

That disallowed goal(s) came in the 20th minute of the second-half with Castleknock chasing down the Judes lead. Substitute Tommy Lee lobbed a 65’ into the Judes goalmouth and the ball ended up in the Judes net. However, the referee cancelled out the score awarding Castleknock a penalty instead. Mark Linehan stepped up and drilled the ball to the net only for the referee to disallow the score believing the No.6 had crossed the 20 metre line in taking his shot?

It was a harsh decision to say the least and while Castleknock put in an heroic last 10 minutes (typified by Declan Tobin at corner-back) in an effort to bridge the gap thanks to a superb late save by the St. Judes goalkeeper it wasn’t to be.

After five minutes the sides were level at two points each, Andy Lonergan and Aaron Cunningham, the Castleknock scorers. Judes centre-forward Kieran Quigley then went on to bring his first-half total from frees to eight while Castleknock found frees somewhat harder to come by.

Andy Lonergan did score four Castleknock points added to by two excellent Mick McCloskey scores and an equally good one from Joe Murray to leave Castleknock trailing 0-8 0-12 at the interval.

The second-half began with another Andy Lonergan point but after the Judes goalkeeper luckily scrambled the sliotar out for a 65’ Judes went back up the field to grab an all-important goal. That score left Castleknock chasing the game.

Aaron O’Gara landed a fine point before substitute Tommy Lee hit three frees on the trot. Then came that contentious disallowed goal. Even after that in the last 10 minutes Castleknock outscored Judes by 0-5 0-2, another four Tommy Lee frees and a fine point from play from Luke Gubbins but the goal that would have saved the game simply wouldn’t come.

Given the circumstances it was a hugely frustrating defeat to stomach but the players and mentors to a man deserve great credit for the enormous effort they put in, in both League (Champions) and Championship this year.

Castleknock: Brian Lawlor; Declan Tobin; Cian Kelly; Paul Prunty; Ciarán Fay; Mark Linehan; Brian Carter; Aaron Cunningham (0-1); Aaron O’Gara (0-1); Luke McCann; Andy Lonergan (0-5); Mick McCloskey (0-2); Joe Murray (0-1); Darragh McCormack; Paul Hughes. Subs: Tommy Lee (0-7); Luke Gubbins (0-1); Oisin Murphy-O’Kene; Rob Wylie; Hugh Hogan. Panel: Eoin Conway; Jack Purcell; Cian Spillane; Darragh Browne; Ben O’Neill; Paddy Lacey.

Manager: Kevin McCambridge
Report: Kevin Mallon

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