Castleknock claim the Leinster crown

by Stephen Findlater

THE GOOD times continue to roll at Castleknock after they claimed the club’s second Leinster title in two seasons when second-half goals from Dermot Curran and Brian Hughes steered them to victory at Somerton Park last Sunday.

Having won the Leinster junior football crown in 2013 and obtained senior league status in recent times, the hurlers are quickly following suit as they finished their time as a junior hurling outfit in the best possible manner.

The special junior hurling championship does not have an All-Ireland phase to it and so, having won the Dublin junior with victory over Lucan Sarsfields last month, they finish the year with the two championship trophies available to them.

They got off to a great start against Mountmellick with points from Ronan Lynch, Shane Boland, Jamie Tunney and Cian O’Dulaing helping them build a 0-5 to 0-1 by the 17th minute.

Ray O’Connor’s goal, however, brought the Laois side back into the mix and levelled the game at 0-5 to 1-2 but O’Dulaing and Boland – who ended the day with 0-3 – ensured that they still had the ascendancy going in at 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.

Mountmellick got the first score of the second half but it was Castleknock who were to push on during the third quarter of the tie.

Curran’s goal was pivotal, netting a sharp chance in the 33rd minute, getting a touch to O’Dulaing’s long ball in. Curran also added a couple of points to push his side clear.

The introduction of Brian Hughes and Niall O’Callaghan early in the second half also helped Castleknock to assert their dominance on the game, and they, along with Curran, put the game almost out of reach of the Laois men.

The full back line for Castleknock also started to come out on top of their individual battles, with Ed Forrest and Declan Tobin mopping up lot of ball throughout the second half.

It put six points in it with 10 minutes to go and Mountmellick were unable to score again.

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