DSFC – Castleknock 1-18 v Ballinteer St. John’s 1-11

(11 Apr 2019)

Dublin Senior Football Championship – Castleknock 1-18 Ballinteer St. John’s 1-11 (10/04/19)

A stylish second-half performance saw Castleknock pull powerfully away from Ballinteer in this 2019 Senior Football Championship (April 10th) opening round match at bitterly cold Monastery Road in Clondalkin. 

A goal from a Seamus O’Carroll penalty four minutes after the break set Castleknock on the road to victory sealed by a real purple patch between the 16th and 24th minutes of the second-half during which time Castleknock scored six sweetly struck points in-a-row.
Ballinteer St. John’s, unbeaten in Div.1 of the league, opened impressively. A third minute Aaron Bradshaw goal got them off to the perfect start. Undaunted Castleknock hit back to lead by a point at the end of the first quarter.

Ben Galvin ended a sweeping Castleknock move with an early point followed by two more from play from Ciarán Kilkenny and Shane Boland. Gerard McDermott-Roe’s pointed free put Castleknock ahead by one before Morven Connolly came to the rescue yet again with a terrific 13th minute save. Tommy McDaniel, fresh from his NFL success with Westmeath, used his pace and accuracy to shoot two points inside 90 seconds and while Kevin Kindlon fisted a score and Gerard McDermott-Roe produced another fine point, it was Ballinteer who finished the half stronger to go in at the break leading by 1-6 0-8.

It was Gerard McDermott-Roe who won the penalty shortly after the restart, expertly converted by Seamus O’Carroll. Further points from Tommy McDaniel and Gerard McDermott-Roe then pushed Castleknock into a four-point lead for the first time.

Fired-up by a disputed side-line ball Ballinteer then surged back into contention with three quick points to leave just one between them before a superb eight-minute spell won the game for Castleknock.

During that time Tommy McDaniel scored four times to bring his night’s total to a magnificent seven. Seamus O’Carroll pointed after a brilliant James Tolan run and Darragh Warnock completed the scoring blitz to give Castleknock a commanding 1-16 1-9 lead.

Helped by the controlling influence of Ciarán Kilkenny, Castleknock saw out the final minutes with relative ease, the team finishing on a high as Darragh Warnock ran some 70 metres before firing over a point and Seamus O’Carroll ended a successful evening with a high and mighty free to give Castleknock an encouraging seven-point victory.

Castleknock: Morven Connolly; Tommy Corcoran; Ciarán Murphy; Graham Hannigan; Tom Quinn; Niall Millmore; Rob Shaw; James Sherry; Shane Boland (0-1); Seamus O’Carroll (1-2); Kevin Kindlon (0-1); Ben Galvin (0-1); Gerard McDermott-Roe (0-3); Ciarán Kilkenny (0-1); Tommy McDaniel (0-7).  Subs: Darragh Warnock (0-2); James Tolan; Kevin Stephenson: Colm Neville and Rory Corcoran.

Match report: Kevin Mallon

Pictured below Seamus O'Carroll who slotted home the penalty:




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