Castleknock savour Special success
CASTLEKNOCK'S love affair with provincial championships was maintained on Sunday afternoon as they claimed the Leinster Special Junior Hurling Championship title after their 2-15 to 1-7 victory over Mountmellick at Somerton Park.
After the footballers secured the county and provincial junior crowns in 2012, the club's hurlers repeated the trick with a win over the hard-working but limited Laois side.
Second-half goals by Dermot Curran and influential substitute Brian Hughes laid the foundation for the hosts' success, much to the delight of manager Antoin Ó Cléirigh.
"It was great to finish the season on a high like that," said Ó Cléirigh.
"The lads are extremely committed and talented hurlers and they deserve both the Dublin and Leinster titles.
"There has been a lot of work done in the club in promoting the hurling teams and you couldn't fault the efforts of all the panel in what they have achieved," he said.
There was an excellent atmosphere throughout the landmark day in Dublin 15, with Conor Corcoran delivering an inspirational performance for the hosts from centre-back.
Behind him, Declan Tobin and Conor Prunty maintained their excellent form, and the result was never really in doubt after those aforementioned goals by Curran and Hughes.
Castleknock will now look to build on these successes in 2014 as they prepare for the Intermediate grade and Ó Cléirigh, who leaves as manager to be involved as selector with the Dublin minors, is optimistic his charges possess sufficient talent.
"I think the club definitely have the hurlers for Intermediate standard," he said.
"There is good depth to the panel and, if they stay fit and focussed, there is no reason why they can't enjoy another successful year.
"There is enough talent there and a new manager could well offer further momentum to the team.
"Certainly, they have nothing to be afraid of next year," he added.