Castleknock’s Under-14 boys celebrate their Division 3 Feile success in Parnell Park. Picture: Shay Hogan

FEILE success visited Dublin 15 for a second time in as many weeks as Castleknock’s boys clinched the Division 3 football title in Parnell Park with a decisive win over Naomh Mearnog, writes Paddy Hewson.
Following the Castleknock girls recent Feile win, the Somerton club again showcased their young footballing talent and reaffirmed themselves as a club in the ascendancy.
In Saturday’s unforgiving temperatures, Castleknock mentors Dan Canny and Tommy Monaghan witnessed consistent performances from their charges in the preliminary stages.
They saw their side beat St Brigid’s and take a one point win against St Pats, Donabate before completing their group stage with a one score win against St Maurs in highly competitive encounters.
Meeting Olaf’s in the semi-final, they continued their unbeaten run to claim a final place.
There were stellar performances up and down the pitch with Knock’s Eoin Monaghan and Femi Oyeleye showing their worth and Rohan Tyrrell and Gavin Murphy O’Kane also making an impact.
The final match up on Sunday with Naomh Mearnog started in spectacular fashion with a quartet of scores from Castleknock’s Fergal Seery including a 23 metre free and a nice single handed effort, all in the opening five minutes.
Mearnog unleased a number of good attacks with two of them bearing fruit early on through scores from Josh Boylan and Charlie McCarthy.
Knock goalkeeper Alex Conroy was equal to the rest of Mearnogs’ efforts and with the Castleknock making the best of their first half chances they lead by five points to three at half time.
The second half opened with a Ronan Lakhams partial blockdown of the Naomh Mearnog goalkeeper’s clearance which fell to Reuben Cahill for Knocks first score of the half and a hint of things to come.
From there on in Castleknock were in control and a flurry of goals and points ensured a healthy lead which included a Max Corcoran penalty, his third of the tournament, to help steer the blue and yellow towards victory.

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