High-Scoring Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Win

(15 May 2019)

Castleknock 1-28 Naomh Olaf 1-22

You’ll go a long way to see a better goal than the Castleknock goal which effectively won this Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Round 3 match against Naomh Olaf in Somerton (May 15th).

Seven minutes from time a Naomh Olaf clearance was pulled on one-handed in mid-air by Niall O’Callaghan. The Castleknock full-forward’s audacious strike landed in the Naomh Olaf ‘square’ where Richie McInerney was on hand to lash the breaking ball to the visitor’s net.

It was a glorious end to what had been a hugely entertaining match producing a mammoth 52 scores in total, many of them right out of the top drawer.

Fast and furious from the throw-in, it was Olaf’s who made most of the running in the first 20 minutes after which they enjoyed an 0-11 0-9 lead.

Niall O’Callaghan who ended the evening with a superb 12-point haul had scored 6 of Castleknock’s early points, the others being picked off by Cian Ó’Dúlaing, Richie McInerney and Kieran Duggan. It was only in the last 10 minutes of the first half that Castleknock really got to grips with the opposition outscoring them by 0-5 0-1 on the run-in to the break.

Five different players, Kieran Duggan, Liam Quinn, Niall O’Callaghan, Colm Breslin and Cian Ó’Dúlaing, shared those scores to give Castleknock a 0-14 0-12 interval lead.

Within 2 minutes of the restart 1-1 from Olaf’s undid most of that good work and it was another 12 minutes before Castleknock got back in front again.

Niall O’Callaghan led the way with 2 pointed frees. Substitute Luke Whelan added 2 more from play. Kieran Duggan fired one over off the upright and it was another Cian Ó’Dúlaing pointed free from distance which put Castleknock ahead by 0-22 1-18.

Then came that piece of Niall O’Callaghan wizardry leading to Richie McInerney’s decisive goal. Still Olaf’s never gave up and it took more terrific points from Tadhg Kelleher, Liam Quinn and appropriately enough Niall O;Callaghan to see off the Naomh Olaf challenge.

Even though there were 6 points in it at the end it felt much closer and Jack Banks had to pull off a fine late save to maintain Castleknock’s winning margin.

A marvellous evening for hurling produced a marvellous evening’s hurling and more importantly two wins out of three keeps Castleknock in the Championship hunt.

Castleknock: Jack Banks; Jack King; Ed Forrest; Max Byrne; Conor Prunty; Cian Ó’Dúlaing (0-3); Eoghan Lyons; Colm Breslin (0-1); Ciaran Murphy; Kieran Duggan (0-4); Tadhg Kelleher (0-1); Liam Quinn (0-2); Ciaran Carey; Niall O’Callaghan (0-12); Richie McInerney (1-2). Subs: Luke Whelan (0-3); Sean Ryan; Ronan Conway.

Next Round – June 12th v Kilmacud Crokes.

Report: Kevin Mallon





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