Castleknock take flight

by Gazette Reporter
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CASTLEKNOCK seized the minor C hurling championship title with a 0-18 to 0-13 win over north Dublin rivals Na Fianna last Sunday.
Played out only yards from the Dublin airport runway at Collinstown, Castleknock’s flight plan brought them to their destination of a championship title in some style.
With the odour of jet fuel hanging heavy in the air, the match got underway for what was a high octane first half. The Somerton club’s title hopes soon ran into some turbulence as Na Fianna marksman Eamonn Potter scored the first of his 10 scores after five minutes to set the Mobhi Road side on their way.
Potter’s first few points from frees went without reply and it fell to Cian Corcoran to set up Robert McCormack for Castleknock’s first score.
McCormack in turn set up Sam Ryan for Knock’s second point. With Na Fianna finding scores from play hard to come by, Potter continued to punish Castleknock with accurate free taking.
Castleknock’s Conor Magee’s first score, though, brought the sides level at three apiece and both sides saw out the half with a further three each including one from Knock’s Ciaran Murphy, who was surely man of the match, to leave the sides at 0-6 each at the break.
The second half saw the blue and yellow championship title project take off as they reversed a wide count concern from the first half and scored three points from frees before Na Fianna got up to match tempo.
Brian O’Leary scored first for Na Fianna and Potter soon added to his tally but a string of Castleknock frees from Conor McGee put the Somerton side in the driving seat.
Now cruising, the Dublin 15 outfit pulled away with two points from Cian Corcoran and a nice point from distance for Darragh Warnock. A tenacious Na Fianna side stuck to their task until the end but Knock were able to navigate their way to a win and another championship title.

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