Junior Hurlers Pull Away To Impressive 18-Point Victory

(28 Jul 2020)

Castleknock 5-19 St. Finian’s, Swords 3-7

Castleknock Junior Hurlers took some time to impose themselves on St. Finian’s in this Round 2 Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship match in Somerton this evening (July 28) before eventually taking complete control in the second-half during which time they outscored the visitors by an impressive 3-9 0-3 to maintain their 100% record in this year’s competition.

In spite of playing into a stiff first-half breeze Castleknock always looked the better side but the concession of three ‘softish’ goals meant that St. Finian’s were still well in the game at the break when Castleknock led by just three points 2-10 3-4.

Ronan McCann scored 2-4 overall and Andy Lonergan who scored 10 frees in total, contributed 7 points during the first period as he punished some St. Finian’s indiscipline.

An early goal from a penalty gave the visitors a great start but Castleknock responded well. Mick McCloskey struck a great point followed by two superbly struck scores from Ronan McCann to compliment Andy Lonergan’s flawless free-taking.

The two first-half goals were born out of quick, direct, long ball play. The first on 15 minutes came from Aaron O’Gara’s long ball which Tomás O’Ceallaigh collected and lashed to the Finian’s net.

The second, a minute later, resulted from a long ball in from Mick McCloskey which Ronan McCann gathered and drove past the visitor’s goalkeeper to give Castleknock that 3 point interval lead.

Castleknock played much better in the second-half when the backs in particular gave little or nothing away in conceding a mere 3 points.

Within 30 seconds of the restart centre-back Aaron O’Gara hit a huge point, added  to by another from Mick McCloskey after being set-up by Ben O’Neill and then 3 minutes into the half Ronan McCann who was a constant danger to the St. Finian’s defence,  scored his second goal of the evening to put Castleknock 8 points clear and well on the way to victory at 3-12 3-4.

After that Castleknock took complete control. In addition to a long-range David McInerney guided-missile and three further points from Andy Lonergan substitute Luke McCann brilliantly dispossessed the St. Finian’s full-back before drilling in goal number four.

In the end Castleknock piled on the scores to win by 18 in total and on a satisfying evening greatly enhanced their all-important scoring difference.

Castleknock: Jack Lynch; Ed Forrest; Cian Kelly; Ben O’Neill; Brian Carter; David McInerney (0-1);  Jack Purcell;  Aaron O’Gara (0-1); Oisin Murphy O’Kane; Mick McCloskey (0-2); Andy Lonergan (0-10);  Ronan McCann (2-4); Joe Murray; Shane Coffey; Tomás O’Ceallaigh (1-0). Subs: Luke McCann (1-1); James Hogan (1-0); Sean Andrews; Ciarán Fay; Paul Prunty.

Manager: Kevin McCambridge
Report: Kevin Mallon

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