Knock’s perfect season

by Gazette Reporter

We Are Dublin Junior 3 championship final
Castleknock 3-11
St Brigid’s 0-7

CASTLEKNOCK ensured a 2019 to remember, as they delivered a treble of league, cup and championship successes, culminating in a Division 3 Championship win, thanks to a 14-point win over neighbours St Brigid’s at Sports Campus Ireland in Abbotstown.

The victory completed an incredible 19-game unbeaten run, with the key to this championship win coming in the opening 20 minutes, after which they led by 1-7 to 0-1.

Eimear Stynes opened the scoring after three minutes and, from then until the finish, Castleknock weren’t to trail in this contest, with Stephen Rafferty and Fergal Quinn’s charges impressive.

A fourth minute goal from Aisling O’Neill was the only time Castleknock found the net in the opening half.

Following a trio of O’Neill points and scores from Sophie Browne, Kerrie Redmond – along with a further point each from Stynes and O’Neill – Castleknock moved 1-9 to 0-3 ahead at the break.

Brigid’s kept in touch with points from Mia Murray, Carla Galvin and Sarah Nyhan; and the Russell Park outfit dug in further on the restart.

A somewhat sluggish Knock start to the second-half saw Ebha Mooney bring off two great saves before the score that effectively decided the game when a Mollie Turner free was whipped to the Brigid’s net by Eimear Stynes.

Sophie Browne who was majestic in defence then tagged on two fine long-distance points from frees before Mollie Turner’s dropping shot went all the way to the Brigid’s net.

An improved second-half performance from the Russell Park side produced four Murray points, but it was never likely to be enough against a tenacious and well-organised Castleknock defence.

What made this win all the more notable is the fact that this team has now gone from January to November unbeaten – a remarkable achievement at any level.

Knock captain Dearbhla Lennon received the Division 3 Championship Cup from Brendan Cooper of the Dublin Camogie County Board after the game.

Despite the loss, St Brigid’s midfielder Amy Quinn picked up the Player of the Match award after the game.

This final was the first of three camogie finals in the past week for Brigid’s.

On Saturday, the Under-16 team claimed Division 2 Shield honours with a 4-3 to 2-6 win over Fingallians.

There was disappointment for the Under-13s who lost the Division 3 decider by 4-5 to 1-3 to St Anne’s on Sunday in Bohernabreena, while the Minor B side lost their Division 4 Group 2 game by 2-10 to 1-2 against Lucan Sarsfields ‘B’

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