Sunday 20 January 2019

Quinn strikes late winner as Castleknock Kil' off Crokes

dublin jhc 'c' quarter-finals

A last-gasp goal by Liam Quinn helped Castleknock to edge out Kilmacud Crokes by 3-19 to 4-13 in their enthralling Dublin Junior 'C' Hurling Championship quarter-final at Somerton Park last Sunday morning.

With the game destined for extra-time, Quinn availed of a defensive error to clinch a last four berth for the hosts after 60 minutes of wonderful action.

It was fitting that Quinn should have the last word as he produced a superb display in Castleknock's midfield, and the free-taking of Paul Hamill kept the home scoreboard ticking over.

Andy Lonergan was another to feature prominently with the corner-forward chipping in with 2-3, while there were other notable contributions from centre-forward Matthew Griffin, Barry Brennan and the returning Daragh McCormack.

In Islandbridge, it was similarly tight as St Brendan's emerged from a titanic tussle with Civil Service, prevailing 3-9 to 2-9 by the final whistle.

The visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Richie Barry, who produced a string of fantastic saves to keep his side in contention.

St Brendan's led by 3-2 to 1-6 at the interval with Will Harrington, Eddie Hearne and Shane Muldoon all producing accomplished attacking performances.

The hosts continued to battle gamely as the contest evolved but Barry's excellence and the defensive efforts of centre-back John Walshe and wing-back Trevor Purtill ensured Brendan's would prevail in a physical battle in which midfielder Shane Foley landed key scores for the winners.

The tightness of the quarter-finals was also in evidence at St Anne's Park as Raheny did just enough to eke out a 0-19 to 3-7 success over St Sylvester's.

The springboard for Raheny's win lay in the influence of their half-back line with Jack Hanley epitomising their efforts over the hour.

Feargal Smyth was another to feature heavily in the midfield exchanges while Cian Daly proved Raheny's scorer-in-chief from both frees and open play, with Donal Ryan and John Coughlan also landing crucial scores in response to a trio of goals by the visitors.

"It's great to have a semi-final to look forward to," said Raheny manager Shane Walsh.

The remaining quarter-final saw Liffey Gaels spring a mild surprise as they registered a noteworthy 1-13 to 1-11 success over Ballyboden St Enda's in Ballycullen.

JHC 'C': Ballyboden St Enda's 1-11 Liffey Gaels 1-13; Civil Service 2-9 St Brendan's 3-9; Castleknock 3-19 Kilmacud Crokes 4-13; Raheny 0-19 St Sylvester's 3-7.

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