Junior A Football vs St. Vincents

Junior A Football vs St. Vincents
Thu, 17th April 2003

Result: 0-14 to 1-11

Adult A Team Remain unbeaten in the Parson Cup after an enthralling game with St. Vincents

Parson Cup: Castleknock ‘A’ 0-14 -v- St Vincents 1-11

Castleknock played Vincents for the second time this season last Thursday in Porterstown. The previous encounter in the league had resulted in the Marino side running out winners by eight points which wasn’t a fair reflection on the game as Castleknock conceded two late goals. This time around Castleknock vowed to get revenge despite Vincents bringing about 30 players with them. Still, with Gerry Kelly, Tony Nulty, Dominic Smith and Brian Kelly on the Castleknock side the body weights of both squads was about equal. Imagine if Darach Mac was back!! We would have steamrolled them, literally.

The game began at a furious pace with Castleknock bombarding the Vincents goal with shots but most unfortunately going wide. Guilty parties included Gerry Kelly who missed an opener that Cool Hand would have been proud of. Still the Dublin 15 boys managed to hit two points from Gerry Kelly and the Legend before Vincents got on the scoresheet. The match was to and fro with the Vinnys forwards moving well but being snuffed out by Lally & Co. with Davy Leydon to the fore with the sound of Fionán ringing in his ears “DON’T TOUCH HIM!!!! HANDS OUT!!!!! STAND UP!!!!” Down the far end Conal McBrearty tapped over two points in quick succession following good work from Peter McKillen. Dominic Smith rounded off the half with a nice point which was a taster of things to come.

Half time score: Castleknock ‘A’ 0-5 St. Vincents 0-4

Two words for the second half: Dominic Smith. This may seem unfair to the other players on the team but the guy was class. With Dec Reilly and Eoin O’Callaghan doing their usual trojan amount of work in midfield, Big Bad Dom was getting a great supply of ball and scoring points off either foot and from all angles and distances. Vincents brought on a lot of fresh legs and one or two classy forwards managed to knock over some nice points. Castleknock started to pull away mainly through Smith but then a Vincents goal 5 minutes from time left the scores level. Castleknock went down the pitch and Cool Hand, who had come sprinting on, won a free, and Dominic Smith blasted it over. Castleknock tried to hold the advantage but a quick move by Vincents resulted in them scoring an equalising point. Castleknock possibly should have won the match but it was great display by all members on the team.

Scorers: Dominic Smith (0-7), Conal McBrearty (0-2), Barry Farrelly (0-2), Gerry Kelly (0-2), Patsy McGinnell (0-1)

Team: Tony Nulty; Eoin Moloney, Shane Reilly, Denis Lally; Davy Leydon, Mick Geaney,Dave Dempsey; Declan Reilly, Eoin O’Callaghan; Gerry Kelly, Barry Farrelly, Conal McBrearty; Patsy McGinnell, Dominic Smith, Peter McKillen.

Subs used: Willie Fogarty (for Mick Geaney inj.), Brian Kelly, Tony Dalton.