Mighty Quinn's hat-trick's the key to title win
BEECHFIELD Park was the place to be last Tuesday evening as Knockmitten were singing in the rain, when they finally ended Castle Celtic's season long challenge and picked up the SDFL Under 12 Division 3 title on a 5-0 scoreline.
All season these two have battled it out at the summit of the division with only a point separating them at any given time, and, at the final whistle, the visitors finally put the title beyond doubt when they overtook their hosts by a two point margin.
With one game left to play, win or lose, Knockmitten are confirmed as champions after a commanding performance at the Walkinstown venue in Castle's last game..
No one could deny that these two were streets ahead of the rest in this division, even though Castle had suffered three defeats and a draw during the campaign, and Knockmitten three draws, as both finished a distance ahead of the chasing pack, and it was fitting that last Tuesdays game would decide the destination of the title.
A man of the match performance by Mikey Quinn, when he set up the opener, and then went on to score a superb hat-trick, was only one of the highlights in a cracking game despite the scoreline, where Castle keeper Lee Kinsella also caught the eye.
The visitors settled quickly, so quick in fact they took the lead in the tenth minute when Quinn sent in a cross for Cian Carroll to slot home.
The score remained that way until five minutes before half time when Carroll returned the compliment to Quinn, who connected perfectly with his cross to make 2-0.
Castle had not even settled into the second half when they found themselves 3-0 behind, and facing an uphill task, as Quinn found the net again and, before they got that out of their system, he completed his hat-trick when he showed quick reactions inside the area to make 4-0.
The support were celebrating on the line and waiting for the final whistle to invade the pitch, but there were still time to add another and Aaron Kennedy dually obliged, when presented with the opportunity to get on the score sheet.
The home side did get a chance to register on the scoreline when they were awarded a penalty with minutes remaining, but, such was their luck on the night, Luke Kelly blasted his spot kick against the crossbar.
CASTLE CELTIC Lee Kinsella, Sean Doran, Scott Cluna, Jordan Murray, Shane English, Sean Williams, Dylan Robinson, Alex Murphy, Chris McCann,Leon Murphy, Lee Dillon, Luke Kelly, Aaron Donnegan, Lee Fox,
KNOCKMITTEN Aaron Merriman, Jason Cooper, Stephen Connolly. Aaron O'Connor, Donatus Vikaraus, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Ryan O'Leary, Conor Fitzpatrick, Cian Carroll, Mikey Quinn, Andy Blair, Aaron Kennedy, Jack Byrne, Coyle McMahon, Darragh Duffy, Calvin Connolly,