O'Carroll leads revival as Kevin's rock 'Knock
All four quarter-finals were up for decision in the Dublin U21 'C' Hurling Championship on Saturday.
In what was the tie of the round, Kevin's defeated Castleknock by 2-5 to 0-9, in a game described by Kevin's manager Donal Tutty as a "tough slog".
Conditions made life very difficult for both sets of players, but it was Castleknock who seemed to adapt the better in the opening half as they held a narrow 0-4 to 0-3 lead at the turnaround.
That lead was extended to four points with 10 minutes remaining as the visitors appeared to be set for a semi-final berth.
But Kevin's had other ideas and a late rally snatched an unlikely win. Cian O'Carroll got the comeback under way with a well-taken goal 10 minutes from the end.
Five minutes later and another green flag was put flying as Graham Harrington finished off a lovely move to get what was to prove the deciding score.
Castleknock threw everything at the winners but thanks to some superb defending their efforts proved futile.
In another close encounter, Naomh Mearnóg held off a late rally from a gallant Commercials team to secure a 1-14 to 1-12 victory.
Staying in north county Dublin, a strong defensive display saw St Sylvester's overcome a plucky Setanta side 1-9 to 0-6 in Broomfield. Meanwhile, Good Counsel were eliminated by Clontarf in a low-scoring affair, 1-6 to 1-2, at Galtymore Road.