CCC reach first ever All-Ireland final tie

by Karl Graham
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CASTLEKNOCK Community College reached an All-Ireland senior camogie final for the first time after beaten Wexford’s Presentation College by 2-8 to 1-8 in the O’Neill’s post primary Senior C championship in Gorey.
Caitlin Coffey, Sophie Brown, Molly O’Neill, Ciara Golden and Aisling Andrews all impressed for Castleknock with the latter kicking five points.
The Wexford outfit scored the first point of a game that was to and fro right until the end, and taking place in awful weather conditions. Indeed, Castleknock did well to go into the break only trailing by 1-2 to 0-7 considering they were playing against a strong wind.
The second half saw Pres again score the first point to stretch their lead to three but the sides were brought level with 12 minutes remaining through a Castleknock goal.
Presentation had the ball in the net themselves soon after but Castleknock had all the momentum, out-scoring their opponents down the final stretch. Andrews capped the victory with two good frees to book Castleknock’s place in the final.
And coach and teacher Margaret Shortall spoke to GazetteSport about her delight at a great achievement for the school.
“It is the first time we have made it to the All-Ireland stage.
“It has only been over the last two years or so that the team has come together. We won at minor level last year but we have never gotten this far at senior so it means an awful lot to the school.”
The team is predominantly made up of players from the Castleknock and St Brigid’s clubs which undoubtedly provides great experience to the school side.
“The support we have from the clubs is great. They have nearly all played county at some stage which is a great help as they were well able to get stuck in,” said Shortall.
Castleknock will now take on St Patrick’s of Armagh in the final on March 4 as they seek to bring the title to Dublin 15 but Shortall knows it they have another tough game in store.

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