Division 3 swept aside by Somerton stars

by Gazette Reporter

CASTLEKNOCK’S ladies footballers celebrated another milestone with the capture of the Division 3 league title and the prize of intermediate football next year.
Following on from a league and cup double last year, the Somerton club were in their maiden year at this level but still managed to come through the league unbeaten.
Guided by Philip Burke and Graham Curtin they soon got to grips with life in the third tier with a dominant performance against Croi Ro Naofa on a score line of 4-15 to 1-4.
Significantly, the ’Knock ladies notched up a total of 20 goals in the league campaign with the majority coming from the boot of Aishling O’Donnell. Castleknock’s next league game saw a feast of goals as the Somerton-based club ran out clear winners against neighbours St Peregrine’s on a scoreline of 6-13 to 1-9.
Further decisive wins against Ballyboden and St Margaret’s set up a tantalising encounter with league rivals Garda. Castleknock made the short journey to Westmanstown for what was the most significant game of the season. Good team play and ruthless finishing combined to give the visitors a 1-11 to 1-3 win and a chance for league glory.
With an average winning margin of 12 points, Castleknock then accounted for Lucan by that gap in their last fixture to ensure a top of the table finish.
Among those who impressed throughout the league were the defensive trio of Grainne O’Brien, Sinead Comerford and Nicola Fagan with net minder Amy Mahony standing out for a number of dramatic penalty saves. The midfield partnership of captain Denise Convery and Lisa Quinn gave good account of themselves with Laura Carolan also in good form.
Speaking to GazetteSport, banisteoir Philip Burke was full of praise for his charges.
“The level of commitment from the entire panel both on and off the pitch was great,” he said.
He went on to stress how much of a team effort it was to produce yet another league title.

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