(08 Mar 2020)


Castleknock 2-7 Lucan Sarsfields 0-12

A long range Oisin Murphy O’Kane shot, six minutes into Time Added On, which somehow ended up in the Lucan net gave Castleknock a somewhat fortunate opening day win in the AHL5 against Lucan in Somerton this afternoon (March 8).

This was however no fluke because it was Castleknock’s second-half persistence when playing into the wind and sleet that created the opportunity for that late winner.

Strangely enough while Castleknock scored 2-4 into the elements, the home team could only manage 0-3 when having the wind at their backs. In a low key first-half it was 18 minutes before Castleknock’s first score, a point from Luke Gubbins and it was the same player who five minutes later added point number two.

Meanwhile Lucan looked a capable side and it was no surprise to see them go 0-6 0-2 in front in spite of playing into the gale. A Ronan Conway point just before the break proved crucial as it left Castleknock within a score of the visitors going in at the break, 0-3 0-6.

The third-quarter produced a much better Castleknock performance and with points from wing-back Brian Carter from play and centre-forward Andy Lonergan from a free Castleknock entered the final quarter still only four points adrift.

The first big breakthrough came 18 minutes into the half when Eoin Sawyer outpaced the Lucan defence before drilling the ball to the net to give Castleknock a huge lift and leave only a point between them (1-5 0-9).

In the rapidly deteriorating conditions, driving wind and sleet, Castleknock battled on. Another Andy Lonergan pointed free and a great Aaron O’Gara point from play in the 29th minute kept Castleknock hopes alive until that long-range effort from Oisin Murphy O’Kane found its way to the Lucan net off the goalkeeper’s hurl.

A winning start then to life in the AHL5 and while there was a touch of good fortune about it, it provided a perfect lesson as to why players should always persevere right to the very end.

Castleknock: Brian Lawlor; Max Byrne; Ed Forrest; Paul Prunty; Brian Carter (0-1); Ronan Conway (0-1); Cian Kelly; Aaron O’Gara (0-1); Jack Purcell; Sean Moran; Andy Lonergan (0-2); Darragh Browne; Joe Murray; Shane Coffey; Luke Gubbins (0-2). Subs: Oisin Murphy O’Kane (1-0); Eoin Sawyer (1-0): Sean Andrews; Ben O’Neill; Peter Balfe.

Manager: Kevin McCambridge.  

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