Castleknock make latest bit of history

by Gazette Reporter

CASTLEKNOCK celebrated their first ever Senior 4 championship title last Sunday, sparking jubilant scenes at Abbottstown as they saw off Cuala.
It marks another milestone in the fortunes of the Somerton club which was founded barely a year before most of the current crop of players were born. With an average age of just 17, they produced a display of maturity beyond their years.
The opening minutes, played in good conditions, saw an even exchange of chances but it was dead ball specialist Brónagh Quinn who opened the scoring for Castleknock with a free.
University of Limerick student Caoimhe Hughes followed up with a point and Quinn rounded off the first trio Knock of scores within 10 minutes. As weather conditions worsened,
Cuala’s Hannah O’Dea replied for the southsiders but Castleknock’s Ashling Andrews and Quinn combined for the latter to score the game’s first goal.
Cuala, though, quickly brewed up their own storm as Sinead Wylde scored a great goal and cut Knock’s lead to two by the break.
Although the Somerton side opened the second half, a second goal for Wylde threw the fixture wide open and triggered a tit for tat exchange of goals. Castleknock’s Quinn and Cuala’s Juliette O’Flynn were both on target to up the ante.
Cuala, who have returned to adult camogie only in recent years, were in resilient form and did the lion’s share of the attacking in the second half.
It fully tested the Knock defence with a confident Molly O’Neill amongst those who caught the eye.
In the end, it was the influential Karla Whelan who separated the sides.
A breathtaking point from distance in the final minute gave Castleknock the winning score and secured the silverware.

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