CASTLEKNOCK were crowned AIG Division 2 football Feile champions last weekend following an exciting match up with north Dublin rivals, Fingallians.
The evenly matched teams served up a thrilling encounter at Hartstown last Sunday with Castleknock running out winners by two points.
Sunny conditions greeted the teams for their second meeting in the Feile competition with the west Dublin club already coming out on top in the group stage.
Castleknock started smartly with a point in the opening minute from midfielder and Dublin vice-captain Eimear Griffin.
However, Castleknock soon came under pressure from a mobile and tenacious Fingallians attack and five minutes in to the match the opposition took advantage of a rare defensive lapse in an otherwise solid performance to notch up a goal.
The Castleknock back line of Hannah Janahi, Molly Hong Minh and Aoife Lally then dealt with sustained attacks from the north Dublin outfit.
With the Dublin 15 club chasing the game Castleknock’s Aisling Kenny set up full forward Sophia Ostapia for a well taken goal to give Castleknock the lead.
A point from Siobhan Roche rounded off the half for Castleknock to give them a two point margin at the break.
Eimear Griffin opened the second half with a number of her trademark raids on the Fingallians defence but it was Caitlin Coffey who recorded the next score with a long range point.
Castleknock piled on the pressure with Ciara Golden and Sinead Waters amongst those who impressed during this period.
Fins fought back to score a point but the game was to finish in dramatic circumstances.
In the final minutes Castleknock held a narrow two point lead and Fingallians were awarded a penalty.
Knock net minder Sophie Brown kept her cool to save the penalty and keep Castleknock ahead at the final whistle and secure the title.