It was full steam ahead for hot favourites Blackrock on their way to the Leinster Junior Cup final at Energia Park yesterday.
The winners owned the ball in the early going in the face of disciplined defence from Castleknock, taking the opening points from Oliver Coffey in the ninth minute. The dam had to give way and flanker Sean McKechnie filleted the cover for Coffey to convert in the 22nd minute.
Castleknock hit back, though, and carries from captain Conor Boyle and Patrick McNally forced a penalty for Emmet Brady to go close, No 8 Daniel Ruane following up to make the line, the latter converting.
Blackrock wasted no time in striking back, Tom Brigg pirouetting out of a tackle for the second to make it 17-7 at the break.
Blackrock settled into the same pattern after that, Brigg powering home in the 34th minute. Eoghan Walsh tucked the ball and took off for the fourth in the 44th minute. Full-back James O'Sullivan would not be denied in the 55th minute, Walsh matching Brigg's brace late on.
BLACKROCK - J O'Sullivan; D Doyle, E Walsh, L Kritzinger (F Mei 52), D Bennett (A Quinn 44); H Whelan (L Dignam 55), O Coffey (J Larkin 55); A Mullan, M Yarr, G Barron (capt), Thomas Byrnes (T O'Riordan 36), M Colreavy (D Crowley 55), Theo Byrnes (J Angulo 42), S McKechnie (C Hodges 51), T Brigg.
CASTLEKNOCK - E Wallace (J O'Neill 51); J Fewer (B Dunne 51), E Brady (B Elliott 51), S Wisniewski, D Enright; R O'Connor, L Donohoe; P McNally (B Dowling 54), S Mahon, J Cadogan (D Smith 34), C Lennon (D O'Callaghan 40), W Khwaja (C O'Brien 54), I Scallon (O Malone 53), C Boyle (capt), D Ruane.
REF - B White (Leinster Branch)