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CASTLEKNOCK continued their rampage through the Leinster JFC with a resounding 3-17 to 0-5 victory over Wicklow side Kilmacanogue in Blakestown on Sunday.

Playing into a strong breeze in the first half, a goal from Cathal Daly set the Dublin 15 men on their way and they upped the ante after half-time, again showing their forward prowess.

It means that including the Dublin final, Castleknock have averaged a hugely impressive scoring tally of 4-18 in their last three outings.

With talent such as Australia-bound Ciarán Kilkenny and the Corcoran brothers, Rory and Tommy, it's not surprising.

Kilkenny again played in midfield on Sunday, and he and Shane Boland are forming a formidable partnership, the latter continuing his impressive form with another dynamic performance.


Team mentor Tom McCormack was pleased with the showing, pointing out that the heavy pitch made it tough to get their flowing attacking game up an running.

"It was sticky enough for the first 20 minutes and conditions were very difficult," McCormack said. "We were playing into a big strong wind in the first half and it was typical winter football.

"But I think our fitness dug us out in the second half and we were able to pick off our scores from distance when we had the wind."

Despite their exploits in front of goal, McCormack is refusing to get carried away with Meath champions Ratoath lying in wait in the semi-final on Sunday week.

"You'd like to get tougher tests but you can only beat what's put in front of you," he says.

"We have Ratoath next and that will be a typical Dublin-Meath battle.

"We'll try and find out a bit about what they're about and go from there."