Senior Footballers Secure Promotion With Deceptively Easy Win

(31 Aug 2019)

Senior Footballers Secure Promotion With Deceptively Easy Win

Castleknock 1-16 Ballyboughal 0-6

Celebration time in Castleknock as the Senior Footballers made a quick-fire return to Div.1 of the
League, securing Promotion from AFL2 with this comprehensive 13-point victory away to
Ballyboughal on Saturday evening (August 31).  

A disruptive cross-field breeze made scoring difficult so it was no surprise that at the end of a low
scoring first quarter the margin was only one point, Castleknock leading by 0-3 0-2, with Seamus
O’Carroll involved in all three points, scoring two himself and setting up Mattie Walsh for the third.

While Ballyboughal failed to improve on their total in the second quarter, Castleknock scored four
more points. A Sean Gibbons lay-off helped Mattie Walsh grab the first of those before Seamus
O’Carroll closed the half with another three points, two from play. to bring his first-half total to five,
leaving Castleknock 0-7 0-2 ahead at the break.

Within seven minutes of the restart Ballyboughal had reduced the margin to three points, just one
score, and it seemed as if Castleknock were facing into a huge battle to secure those all-important
league points. 

Between then and the full-time whistle however Castleknock outscored the home team by 1-9 0-2
with Mattie Walsh’s goal 22 minutes into the half, created by a terrific James Sherry turnover,
proving to be the game’s decisive score. 

Indeed, time and again in the second-half the Castleknock defenders turned over possession and as a result acted as the launch pad for a series of great scores. 

Kevin Stephenson fired over two points within a minute of each other. Seamus O’Carroll brought his total to six before he went off injured and not to be outdone the backs also surged forward with
Tommy Corcoran and Ciaran Murphy recording fine scores ahead of that Mattie Walsh goal.

Before the end John Kindlon and Gerard McDermottroe helped themselves to two points each to
give the scoreboard a surprisingly one-sided appearance with Castleknock winning by a clear 13-
point margin.

In truth this was a real 18-man performance with every single player contributing enormously to the
victory but of course there were many others who also contributed to this Promotion having played
at various stages of the league.

Congratulations to everyone, the players and the Backroom team especially, who played their part in what was a wonderful League campaign. 

Now that the League target, Promotion, has been achieved, it’s back to the Senior Football
Championship which resumes on September 14 th with a Third Round game against St. Brigid’s.

Castleknock: Morven Connolly; Colm Neville; Paul Bourke; Ciaran Murphy (0-1); Fintan Sweeney;
Tom Quinn; Tommy Corcoran (0-1); Sean Gibbons; James Sherry; Kevin Stephenson (0-2); Shane
Boland; Ben Galvin; Gerard McDermottroe (0-2); Seamus O’Carroll (0-6); Mattie Walsh (1-2). Subs: John Kindlon (0-2); James Toland; Peter Mulchrone.

Manager: Lar Norton.
Report: Kevin Mallon

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