Junior Footballers Agonising JFC1 Semi-Final Defeat

(27 Oct 2019)

Junior Footballers Agonising JFC1 Semi-Final Defeat

Castleknock 0-9 Kilmacud Crokes 2-6

A Kilmacud Crokes goal in the third minute of time added on decided this Junior Football 1 Championship Semi-Final in one cruel final twist in Glenalbyn this morning (Oct.27).

Castleknock led by a point 0-8 1-4 with just three minutes of normal time left but after the sides had been level five times, Crokes outscored Castleknock 1-2 0-1 in those final decisive minutes.

Castleknock suffered significant early blows losing two of their most experienced players, full-back Peter Mulchrone and midfielder Alan Rushe to injury in the first quarter alone (Ciaran Millmore also went off injured in the second-half).

Jack King who put in a terrific performance throughout then slotted in to full-back as Castleknock helped by the wind led by 0-6 0-4 at half time.

Lennon Bracken who received some good possession, kicked five of those points, three from play, one from a free and one from a 45’, the result of a great save by the Crokes goalkeeper from another Lennon bracken shot.

Eoghan Dalton scored Castleknock’s other first-half point and while a two-point lead was a comfortable position to be in at the interval, given the amount of possession Castleknock had enjoyed that lead could have been significantly more.

However, within 20 seconds of the restart Crokes hit back with a long ball into the Castleknock defence leading to a goal to put the home team in front at 1-4 0-6.

Amazingly Crokes were then held scoreless for the next 28 minutes by which time Castleknock through points from substitutes Eoin Devlin and Ronan McCann led again by 0-8 1-4. Robbie McCormack came close to goaling 18 minutes into the half when hitting the side-netting from a difficult angle.

Castleknock had opportunities to increase that lead further but it was Crokes who finished the stronger with 1-2 between the 28th and 33rd minutes of the second-half although Castleknock did have the final say with another Eoin Devlin point.

What made the defeat all the more difficult to take was that so many Castleknock players played so well and yet ended up on the beaten team. Unfortunately, the old cliché ‘goals win games’ was proven correct once again.

The players and management team put in a huge effort throughout the year and the Club extends its sincere thanks to all those involved.

Castleknock: James Igoe; Gary O’Hara; Peter Mulchrone; Jack King; Sean Moran; Brendan Kearney; Aidan Kearney; Alan Rushe; Sean Ryan; Eoghan Dalton (0-1); Ciaran Millmore; Liam Quinn; Daniel O’Hara; Ronan Conway; Lennon Bracken (0-5). Subs: Mick McCloskey; Robbie McCormack; Eoin Devlin (0-2); Ronan McCann (0-1). Panel: Conor Kelly; Luke Kearney; Sean Keenan; Luke McCann; Cian Spillane.

Management Team: Stephen Byrne (Manager); Emmet McGarvey; Johnny Murphy; Mick Byrne.
Report: Kevin Mallon

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