Crokes hurlers mixed championship finals

by Gazette Reporter

KILMACUD Crokes’ junior hurlers ran the gamut of highs and lows as their C outfit claimed their championship crown at O’Toole Park while the A side fell to Clontarf in Parnell Park in their final.
For the C side, they landed the title with a 0-19 to 1-10 victory over Skerries Harps, overcoming an early goal from Cian Coleman for the seasiders to sweep to victory.
They owed much to the excellence and dead-eye accuracy from frees of Michael Roche who ran up an incredible 14 points on the day.
Captain Colm Garvey provided a tour de force, too, while Declan Browne was a constant menace in the full-forward line. Andy Smith landed four points for Skerries to keep them in touch for much of the tie but Kilmacud’s heavy scoring as time went on saw them run up the six-point win.
In Parnell Park, meanwhile, Clontarf were 1-16 to 0-9 winners in the junior A final against Kilmacud despite goalkeeper Sean Garvey’s heroics.
Ger Devine and Richie Dennehy were in particularly fine form as Clontarf built a 0-9 to 0-5 half-time lead that slightly understated their dominance, with Crokes almost hitting back late in the half through Johnny Maher. Maher’s late penalty looked a soft decision but was to be Crokes major chance; he hit it inches over the bar.
Clontarf’s second half was, if anything, stronger. Not content with their four-point lead, they set about putting their opponents away, pulling out a six-point lead in a low scoring game that took them out of sight, Neil Enright looking particularly potent.
By the time a late penalty was lashed past the again impressive Garvey – who somehow got a hurley on the low shot, but couldn’t keep it out – the game was up. Clontarf finally won out by a score of 1-16 to 0-9.
Elsewhere at Silverpark, Kilmacud’s minor A footballers got their 2016 championship off to a winning start with 1-12 to 1-7 victory over St Brigid’s.

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