Saturday 10 December 2016

No fairytale ending for Castleknock as Vincent's claim Dublin title

St Vincent’s 0-15 Castleknock 0-10

Published 05/11/2016 | 17:13

St Vincent's captain Diarmuid Connolly lifts the Clery Cup follwing his team's victory during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Final between Castleknock and St Vincent's at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
St Vincent's captain Diarmuid Connolly lifts the Clery Cup follwing his team's victory during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Final between Castleknock and St Vincent's at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

There was to be no fairytale ending to Castleknock’s season as St Vincent’s showed all their experience to survive the final quarter with just 14 men and collect their 27th Dublin SFC title.

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The game was played in near perfect conditions and looked set for a grandstand finish when Ger Brennan was dismissed on a second yellow card on 45 minutes and from the resultant free, Castleknock cut the gap to just two points.

However, Vincent’s quickly composed themselves and drove for the finish line to emerge as deserving winners.

They far from had it all their own way however and it was only in the final quarter that the physical exchanges looked like they were taking their toll on a young Castleknock side, despite strong showings from Ciaran Kilkenny and former Fermanagh footballer James Sherry.

The first time finalists didn’t fall outside of three point range until the death and can take heart from a gutsy display.

St Vincent’s settled quicker with former Mayo player Enda Varley and Mossy Quinn finding their range.

Diarmuid Connolly of St Vincent’s celebrates following his team's victory during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Final between Castleknock and St Vincent's at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly of St Vincent’s celebrates following his team's victory during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Final between Castleknock and St Vincent's at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Gradually, Castleknock grew into the game and inspired by two great scores off either foot from Ciaran Kilkenny, they felt their way back into contention.

Quinn landed the game’s first free on 28 minutes and that looked set to put them in clear at the break but Castleknock hit back at the interval to send the sides in tied 0-7 each at the interval.

However, Vincent’s would improve as the game wore on and with Quinn operating at maximum efficiency up front, they emerged deserving winners.

Vincent’s face Carlow champions Palatine in Netwatch Cullen Park in the Leinster club SFC quarter-final next Sunday.

SCORERS - St Vincent’s: T Quinn 0-5 (2f), E Varley 0-4 (1f), G Burke 0-2, Cormac Diamond, S Carthy, R Trainor, J Feeney 0-1 each.

Castleknock: D Carlos 0-5 (5f), C Kilkenny, K Kindlon 0-2 each, E O’Brien 0-1. 

St Vincent’s: M Savage; M Concarr, J Curley, C Wilson; B Egan, G Brennan, Cameron Diamond; D Murphy, S Carthy; G Burke, D Connolly, Cormac Diamond; R Trainor, E Varley, T Quinn SUBS: A Martin for Murphy (33), J Feeney for Cormac Diamond (42), A Baxter for Varley (60).

Castleknock: M Connolly; P Bourke, P Sherry, E O’Brien; G Hannigan, T Shiels, T Quinn; C Kilkenny, S Boland; D Carlos, B Galvin, K Kindlon; M Galvin, J Sherry, C Lynch SUBS: M Griffin for M Galvin (42), J Kindlon for Lynch (53), M Brady for B Galvin (56).

Ref: D Sheppard (Round Towers, Lusk).

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