Tommy’s Knock-Out blow

by Gazette Reporter

Castleknock 0-15
St Brigid’s 1-11
By Kevin Mallon

It took a wonder Tommy McDaniel point five minutes into time-added-on to give Castleknock a hard-earned SFC victory over Dublin 15 rivals St Brigid’s in this evenly contested derby on the Blakestown Road on Saturday.

The teams were level on seven occasions as both sides blew hot and cold seeming almost to take it in turns to dominate the scoreboard in what was a real see-saw battle.

First out of the blocks, Knock opened with points from Kevin Stephenson and Rob Shaw before Brigid’s Paddy Andrews replied with two of his own, the second a superb strike off the outside of his right boot.

Ger McDermottroe put Castleknock back in front, the signal for a burst of Brigid’s points from Mal Tighe, Paddy Andrews again and two from Philly Ryan. Knock went 18 minutes without scoring in the first-half but, when they finally found the target, it was to deadly effect.

In the space of three minutes, Darragh Warnock, Ben Galvin and Gerard McDermottroe (twice) pointed to give the table-toppers a 0-7 0-6 interval lead.

Seamus O’Carroll hit a great free from near the sideline to open the second-half but then St Brigid’s took over. Ryan hit a fine point on the turn and three Paddy Andrews frees in as many minutes pushed his team into a 0-10 to 0-8 lead.

After that, it was Castleknock’s turn to take over again. Five points in-a-row, two from McDermottroe, two from Seamus O’Carroll and a soaring effort from sub McDaniel looked decisive.

That was until, with six minutes to go, Ryan got on the end of a terrific Brigid’s move to knock the ball to the Castleknock net and tie the game up for a sixth time.

It was anyone’s game after that. A Lorcan McCarthy point seemed to have won it for the Russell Park side until Seamus O’Carroll split the Brigid’s posts with a huge 40 metre free followed by that breath-taking winner from Tommy McDaniel.

John O’Loughlin’s high fielding for the Russell Park men and James Sherry’s turnovers for Castleknock were among the evening’s highlights.

The result means Castleknock top Group 4 with three wins from three and now meet Thomas Davis in the Senior 1 quarter-final.

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