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Cool Castle' tower over 'Branna in facile win

CASTLEKNOCK eased their way through to the Leinster Club JFC quarter-final following an impressive 5-14 to 0-8 victory over Carlow side Ballinabranna on Sunday.

Coming after their historic Dublin triumph the previous weekend, the big fear for the Dublin 15 men would have been whether or not they could refocus their minds on an assault on the provincial title.

But there was no sign of any hangover as they blitzed the Carlow men, who, to compound their misery, were reduced to 13 players.

Like in the county final, Rory Corcoran and Shane Boland (pictured above) were outstanding while Ciarán Kilkenny also chipped in with some fine scores as he counts down the days before embarking on a career in Aussie Rules.

Paul Mulvihill was also in excellent form in the full-back line.


Team mentor Tom McCormack was quietly satisfied with the showing but is well aware that they won't have it as easy going forward.

"Them (Ballinabranna) going down to 13 men didn't help but we performed well enough and we did what we have to.

"The next round, we will have to tune in a bit more. Things are only going to get harder.

"We have a league match on Saturday and then back into Leinster on Sunday week. We'll have to do a bit of work on the Wicklow champions before that."

McCormack was happy with the spread of scores in his team. "To get eight different scorers is very good," he said.

"We were missing some players as well but the ones that were there performed well so that's all we can ask for."