Junior A Football vs St. Vincents

Junior A Football vs St. Vincents
Sun, 16th March 2003
Result: 0-11 to 3-10

Adult Football League -Defeat for Castleknock ‘A’ v St. Vincents.


Castleknock continued their league campaign in Porterstown on Sunday morning against the highly rated St. Vincents team. After an opening loss against St. Marks in the league, the Castleknock team was anxious to register a first victory in Division 7.

The game began with glorious sunshine engulfing the whole “Arena”, a perfect day for football. But due to the St Patrick’s festivities and other commitments, the squad was stretched to the bare bones.

Castleknock started poorly, with Vincents enjoying the lion’s share of the early possession. The away side not surprisingly then opening the scoring with a good point. A second and then a third point were tagged on before Castleknock began to ease into the game. Gerry Kelly knocked over a couple of frees to settle the home side (and his stomach by all accounts!), But just as Castleknock began to get into the game, they conceded a penalty, which was coolly converted.

The home side stumbled to half time, relying on Gerry “white boots” Kelly to keep the score ticking along. Half time, Castleknock trailed 1-7 to 0-4. All was not lost though, as with the wind, the Castleknock men began the second half with plenty of optimism. Quick points were tagged on by Barry Farrelly, Gerry Kelly, and David Leydon in a blitz, George W. would have been proud of. Trailing by just 2, Castleknock looked set to record a huge victory, as their bombardment of the Vincents goal seemed to unnerve their young opponents.

But just when it seemed possible, Vincents broke away to score a killer second goal, with Tony Nulty rooted. Our illustrious opponents rubbed salt in the wounds when a third goal arrived as the Castleknock heads dropped late on. An eighth point defeat was very harsh on the home side, but the opportunities were there for a victory.

Team lined out as follows: Tony Nulty; Colin McGuckin, Dennis Lally, Michael Geaney; Eoin Maloney, David Dempsey, Willie Fogarty; Declan Reilly, Eoghan O’Callaghan; Peter McKillan(0-1), Barry Farrelly(0-3), Gerry Kelly(0-3), Tony Corcoran, David Leydon(0-3), Niall Tutty. Sub used: Sean Kiernan(0-1).

“Springer’s final thought”
“And so another harsh lesson was dished out to the Castleknock men on Sunday. A victory isn’t far away though if similar efforts are afforded to up and coming matches, starting at Mobhi Road on Sunday”.