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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Kickhams sink Crokes to take famous treble

Ballymun Kickhams delivered a dominant opening-half performance when completing a relatively routine 2-16 to 0-11 win over Kilmacud Crokes in the U16 league final at Páirc Ciceam on Saturday afternoon, writes RóNáN Mac LOCHLAINN.

The win secured an impressive treble for Paddy Christie's charges after earlier cup and championship successes, with the former Dublin full-back delighted with the progress of his side over the campaign.

"It is great to complete the treble. That's what we aimed for at the start of the year and to finish our competitive season on a high is very positive for the lads.

"It has been a great year and they are showing good progress. The danger at this age is that they could possibly stagnate, but they have great hunger to improve and I'm delighted with the attitude they have shown this year," said Christie.

DAMAGE

Much of the damage was done in the first half, with Kickhams assuming control from the opening whistle and Paddy Small's goal in addition to another major from Dillon Keating's penalty helped ensure a healthy 2-8 to 0-2 interval lead.

Despite Kilmacud enjoying a greater degree of possession after the break, the hosts always looked in control, with Dublin minor Conor Kavanagh and Dean O'Brien excelling defensively, while Carl Keeley looked very comfortable in a sweeping role.

Elliott Craig and, in particular, Aaron Elliott showed very well at midfield throughout, allowing Small, full-forward Glen Doyle and Keating to put sufficient breathing space between the teams by the final whistle.

For Crokes, the poor start hampered their chances from the outset, but they can take great heart from their second-half showing, with Eoin Sheedy, Stephen McEntee, Ben Shovlin, Tom Fox and Callum Pearson displaying their talents.

CASTLEKNOCK OUTPLAY HARPS

Castleknock produced an exceptional team performance when comfortably overcoming a battling Skerries Harps by 0-24 to 0-7 in their Division 2 final at Somerton Park on Saturday, with John Kindlon kicking eight points from play.

The hosts never looked back from a promising opening in which they seized control of affairs with Robert Shaw and Seán Gibbons providing a solid platform with a dominant showing at centrefield.

Castleknock built a sizeable 0-8 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter with Kindlon and David Conroy taking their chances when they presented themselves.

With Niall Millmore, Kevin Stephenson and Conroy all in fine form, the hosts claimed a deserved win with Seán Linnane and Aaron O'Gara to the fore defensively.

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