It was a weekend of what could have been for Castleknock GAA as their minor sides suffered heartache in both league and championship finals on Sunday.
Looking first at the league action, the Dublin 15 club faced off against St Maur’s in the Minor Football League Division 2A final in Rush. The opening exchanges were dominated by the home side as Castleknock struggled to retain possession. Before long, Maurs had tallied 1-3 without reply. Points from Ben Galvin, John Kindlon and Ali Hannigan gave ‘Knock some hope although another score from Maurs meant a four-point deficit at the break.
Despite some goalkeeping heroics from Alex Bradean, his side were unable to register a score after the break and Maur’s ran out winners by 1-9 to 0-3.
The club’s other minor final on Sunday was a much tighter affair, as ’Knock met Kilmacud Crokes in O’Toole Park in the minor D championship decider. The bitter cold on a bright morning in Crumlin did nothing to stop the game kicking off at a fast pace, with Richie McInerney breaking the deadlock after just two minutes from a free.
It took Crokes 14 minutes to get off the mark but they then scored two in quick succession giving them a one point lead.
Jamie Bradshaw soon put his side back in front when he took advantage of a mix-up in the Kilmacud defence and stroked the ball into the net to score the game’s first goal.
McInerney grabbed another point before long as did Jamie Holland, and with Cathal Sheering doing a fine job of marshalling Knock’s defence, optimism was high among the support.
Going into the second half with a 1-4 to 0-4 lead, Castleknock began brightly, soaking up pressure from the Dundrum based side, with Mark Owens one of many particularly impressing.
As the sides traded points as the half wore on, ‘Knock still led by two points in the closing stages. However, Crokes were awarded a free in the final few seconds which dramatically resulted in a goal, giving the Southsiders a 1-7 to 1-6 victory.