Unbeaten run sees Crokes up to third

by Gazette Reporter
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Kilmacud Crokes kept pace with the leaders of the AFL Division 1 by securing a narrow 1-12 to 1-11 win over Castleknock at Somerton Park last weekend.
The win is the latest result in a four-game unbeaten run for Crokes after a draw with Skerries Harps three days prior, backing up wins over Na Fianna and St Vincent’s.
Mark Vaughan was one of the stars of the show as he finished the game with a personal tally of 0-6. Nathan Nolan, Ross McGowan, Cian O’Connor and Conor Casey also put in impressive displays against last year’s championship finalists.
The visitors had to deal with intense pressure from Castleknock during the opening period but they managed to keep in touch with their opponents thanks to a Pat Burke goal created by Shane Horan.
Crokes started the second half strongly and points from Callum Pearson, O’Connor and Vaughan saw them take the lead. Castleknock scored a stoppage-time goal to leave Crokes nervy and when Dessie Carlos was presented with a last gasp free to level the scores, it looked like the sides would have to settle for a point each. However, his free was wayward and Crokes could breathe a collective sigh of relief.
The win sees them sit joint third with three other teams, a point off second and a further point off leaders Thomas Davis after their loss to Na Fianna.
It was also a good weekend for the stars of the future at Crokes after their Under-14 hurlers won the regional feile after beating Limerick’s Bruff in the final.
“We are delighted,” manager Brian Harrison told GazetteSport. “The team played very well and did great to beat teams from Cork, Tipperary and Limerick in the finals.”
“It was a competitive game. We managed to get ahead and they came back a little bit but I think we were good value for the win. The boys were delighted to win in what was a very warm day.”

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