’Knock close in on treble

by Stephen Findlater
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CASTLEKNOCK’S adult footballers moved a big step closer to their third successive promotion courtesy of a thumping 7-21 to 1-7 win over Clann Mhuire in the Naul last Sunday.

The win all but guarantees them a play-off place in AFL3, having raced their way up through AFL4 and AFL5 in the past two seasons.

Having gone all the way to the junior All-Ireland club championship final last term, it means another extended season for the Somerton side.

But the team’s David Sweeney is relishing the prospect of pushing on for more glory, and says that their elevation is showing little sign of abating.

“We set a target to win promotion and the championship and both those things are still alive,” he told GazetteSport.

“If we do get promoted to Division Two, we are good enough to be in there, and our team is only young. We’re on the up and don’t fear anything, and it will be the same next year regardless of what division we are in.”

It was their second big win in succession having had 18 points to spare over Clan na Gael Fontenoy in mid-September.

Combined with the Clann Mhuire result, it has significantly boosted their points difference, a key factor in putting the side virtually out of reach of St Brigid’s in the play-off race.

It puts the side in great shape for a date with St Patrick’s Donabate in the intermediate championship second round on Saturday afternoon in Parnell Park (4pm), a big ask against one of the competition’s favourites following their AFL2 victory.

Reflecting on his side’s current form, though, Sweeney says they are in the right frame of mind to progress.

“A couple of league games didn’t go our way, ones we didn’t close out so we put a big push on in the last three games to make the playoffs which we did. From there, it sets us up nicely now for the intermediate championship on Saturday.

“We will be focusing on our own game and performing the way we know we can. If we do that, there are very few teams we won’t put it up to. We’ve every confidence we will get over the line

“Everybody has come back at the right time. Graham Hannigan, who was involved with the Dublin minors and the Under-21s last year, has had awful trouble with his groin and that was a major concern but that has cleared up. He played 20 minutes on Saturday and so if he’s fully fit, we’re nearly at a full complement now.”

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