Wednesday 23 January 2019

Castleknock still standing strong in IFC

dublin ifc quarter-finals

Castleknock, Ballyboden St Enda's and Clan na Gael Fontenoy all advanced to the semi-finals at the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, Castleknock largely dominated as they registered a deserved 1-15 to 0-10 victory over St Sylvester's in Balgriffin.

Des Carlos proved a thorn in Sylvester's side from the opening whistle, especially in the first half and the talented attacked ended the match with seven points, including four pivotal scores from open play.

The Dublin 15 outfit enjoyed a three point interval lead but Syls responded admirably to draw level within eight minutes of the restart.

However, Castleknock regained control of affairs through points Colum Byrne, Kevin Kindlon, Tom Quinn, Carlos, Matthew Griffin and Jamie Tunney.

The failure to conevrt a 59th minute penalty was the final nail in the Malahide outfit's coffin and the icing on the Castleknock cake arrived in injury time when Colin Lynch netted to confirm an impressive eight point win.


Castleknock's reward is a last-four clash against Clan na Gael after the Ringsend club controlled affairs when defeating St Brigid's by 1-15 to 0-11.

Barry Noonan's goal approaching the break proved the game's decisive score as Clanns benefited from the stranglehold exerted at centrefield by their competent pairing of David Lyons and Tommy Canavan.

The latter also chipped in with three points as St Brigid's struggled to gain a consistent foothold despite the best efforts of Seamus Bonner, Colm Galvin, Craig Kilmurray and Colin Murphy.

Tom O'Brien was another player to feature heavily for the winners, excelling from centre-back while Ricky Joyce and Stephen Caulfield shared eight points over the hour.

On Sunday morning, Ballyboden St Enda's put their disappointing league form behind them as they got the better of near neighbours St Jude's by 2-9 to 0-10 in O'Toole Park. Two goals from Carl Molony proved the difference in an initially tight affair that saw Boden up with early scores by Collie O'Neill, Dara Kilduff and James O'Hara.

Molony's first goal in the 18th minute inched St Enda's to a 1-6 to 0-8 interval lead and his second strike in the 44th minute helped settle the issue.

IFC: Clan na Gael Fontenoy 1-15 St Brigid's 0-11; St Sylvester's 0-10 Castleknock 1-15; Ballyboden St Enda's 2-9 St Jude's 0-10.

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