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Castleknock are lifted by promotion

Castleknock ended their league campaign on a high after they accounted for Commercials by 1-19 to 1-6 in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 9 promotion play-off final in Somerton last Sunday lunchtime.

The hosts only confirmed their spot in the decider after overcoming Kilmacud Crokes earlier in the week and they built on that display to beat a Commercials team that had defeated Ballinteer St John's in their semi-final clash last Thursday night.

"We are delighted with the year," said Castleknock player-manager Patsy Hough.

"We were very disappointed to get beaten in the semi-final of the championship but to gain promotion was very good for the club and it should bring on the team next year, playing at a higher level."

Supremacy

There was little doubting the host's supremacy after the first-half in which Castleknock enjoyed a 0-12 to 0-4 interval advantage.

Central to their control on affairs was the dominance and energy provided at midfield by Aaron O'Callaghan and Rónán Sweeney while Luke Whelan's prowess from placed balls kept their scoreboard ticking over with the latter also scoring the insurance goal late in the game.

Liam Mulroney was another player to feature prominently for the winners, who received valuable contributions in attack from Shane Coffey and Paul Mulvihill.

"We played well and, to be fair, that was probably the best that we played all year.

"Our backs were excellent and having three minors coming in certainly gave us an edge on the day," said Hough.

Disheartened

For Commercials, there was obvious disappointment at the final whistle but player-manager Fionn Mac Aodhagáin was not too disheartened after an encouraging year for the Rathcoole club.

"Of course, it was disappointing to lose but we have had a good year and I feel that we have helped people get interested in their hurling again.

"We were in contention for the first 10 minutes maybe but they were definitely stronger than us and they deserved their win. In total, it has been a promising year and we need to build on this as the lads are hungry to get going again next year."

There were some crumbs of consolation for Commercials in the displays of Patrick Scanlan, Seán Power and Patrick Cullinane with Mac Aodhagáin scoring their goal late on.


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