As the curtain comes down on the 2014 season there was still plenty for Castleknock GAA supporters to cheer about last weekend.
A match up with St Vincent’s in the Minor D Football Championship semi-final was the most thrilling fixture of the weekend. In a tense encounter Castleknock opened the scoring with a Jamie Bradshaw point but the Dublin 15 side didn’t lead again until the 79th minute. Unbeaten in championship football this year St Vincent’s mounted plenty of attacks in the first half and Castleknock goalkeeper, James Igoe was forced to pull off two dramatic saves to keep Castleknock in the game.
Going into the second half with five points apiece both sides traded scores. ’Knock free taker Cillian Padden was on form and the full back line of Adam Coffey, Matthew Gallagher and Cathal Sheerin were kept busy dealing with the threat from the Vincent’s forwards.
At the end of the second half the teams were on equal terms at 0-10 apiece and the game was forced into extra time. In the final minutes the west Dublin team looked more determined and Richie McInerney, Cian Kelly and Mark Owen won plenty of possession to keep the Marino opposition at bay. A busy Seamus McCartney covered a huge amount of ground but in the end it was an Oran O’Brien free in the last minute which was the difference between the sides. The final Score at Pairc Naomh Uinsion: St Vincent’s 0-11 Castleknock 0-12 (after extra time)
Back at Castleknock headquarters in Somerton recent good form in hurling continued with the Division 9 team overcoming Commercials in convincing fashion to gain promotion to Division 8 next year. Manager Patsy Hough witnessed an excellent performance from his side with corner forward Luke Whelan in fine form with a tally of 1-10 to his name. Final score at Somerton, Castleknock 1-19, Commercials 1-6.
Castleknock camogie experienced significant success at adult and juvenile level this year. The past weekend rounded the year off on a high with two Castleknock players honoured at the Annual Dublin Camogie Presentations. Ciara Murray (Under-14) and Eimear Griffin (Under-13) both received Juvenile Player of the Year awards.