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Kelly seals deal for Mac Dara's in fierce Castleknock clash

ST MAC DARA'S CC 2-11, CASTLEKNOCK CC 1-8

A 52nd-MINUTE goal from Mac Dara's sub Adam Kelly proved crucial in Wellington Lane on Monday.

A goal on the stroke of half-time from county minor Paul Winters meant that Castleknock only trailed by three points (0-7 to 1-1) at the midway stage.

This proved to be a major confidence booster for Castleknock, who moved into the lead seven minutes after the restart following scores from Winters (2), Mikey McDonald, Graham Hannigan and Luke Whelan.

However, Mac Dara's -- who have Ryan O'Dwyer as part of their management team -- soon regained the lead when a long-range free from centre-back Tom Devlin found the net. Kelly's goal eight minutes from the end helped seal the deal.

SCORERS - St Mac Dara's CC: M Woods 0-7 (0-3 '65', 0-1f), T Devlin (1-0f), A Kelly 1-0 each, D McLoughlin 0-3, C McLoughlin 0-1. Castleknock CC: P Winters 1-4 (0-2f), M McDonald, G Hannigan, L Whelan, B O'Malley 0-1 each.

ST MAC DARA'S CC: M Brennan; D Kiernan, E McLoughlin, D O'Beirne; M Cronin, T Devlin, K Treacy; P Dunne, P Ward; M Woods, D Murphy, L Kelly; D McLoughlin, C Fallon, C McLoughlin. Subs: A Kelly for C McLoughlin (42), E Curtin for O'Beirne (61).

CASTLEKNOCK CC: A Hannigan; K Hartnett, J Murray, P Bourke; D McKiernan, P Prunty, M McDonald; G Hannigan, M Prunty; E Kelly, T Quinn, L Whelan; J O'Reilly, P Winters, B O'Malley. Sub: T Moran for Kelly (54).

REFEREE: Eddie Walker (O'Toole's).