St. Vincents Still On For Three In A Row After Win Over Castleknock

St Vincent’s 1-21
Castleknock 1-9

Parnell Park

While the biggest cheer from the Parnell Park crowd came on 49 minutes when Diarmuid Connolly finally made his return to his beloved club, the story was the same as Vincent’s comfortably beat Castleknock to set up a repeat of last year’s Senior Football Semi Final against St. Judes on October 14th.

By the time Conolly entered the action, there was really little for him to do as the game was well out of Castleknock’s reach. But the opening exchanges gave an impression this would be a titanic battle.

At the throw in Castleknock immediately pounced with Tommy McDaniel finding net within seconds. And they quickly followed up with a Ben Galvin point. Not to be outdone however Lorcan Smyth got Vincents account open after Gavin Burke’s first attempt drifted wide of the posts. and a minute later Tomas Quinn had the ball in the back of the net to settle the score. There wasn’t even 4 minutes on the scoreboard clock.

No seperating the sides

Kevin Kindlon, McDaniel and Ciaran Kilkenny’s score were all answered by Nathan Mullins, Cormac Diamond and Adam Baxter before Quinn eventually stuck Vincents noses out in front. The game remained evenly matched for most of the first half, but Quinn (2), Shane Carthy and Eamonn Fennell outscored McDaniel and Seamus O’Carroll to finish the half three scores clear.

Castleknock faced the wind after the break and suffered greatly with Vincent’s stealing their kick outs, scoring 0-06 unanswered over 16 minutes before Connolly replaced Lorcan Smyth to a rousing welcome at Donnycarney HQ.  Defensively Vincent’s were far too dominant for Castleknock to break down and the introduction of substitute Enda Varley only made things worse for the 2016 finalists.

Varley chalked 0-03 onto Vincents scorecard, with Mossy adding two more of his own. Kindlon scored two for Castleknock, but the gap was far too wide, and with over 4 extra minuted played Vincents had done the hard work and secured yet another Semi Final slot.

Scorers for Vincent’s:

Tomás Quinn 1-06 (4f)
Cormac Diamond 0-03
Enda Varley 0-03
Shane Carthy 0-02
Eamonn Fennell 0-02
Lorcan Smyth 0-01
Nathan Mullins 0-01
Adam Baxter 0-01
Lorcan Galvin 0-01
Gavin Burke 0-01

Scorers for Castleknock:

Tommy McDaniel 1-03 (1f)
Kevin Kindlon 0-03
Ciarán Kilkenny 0-01
Ben Galvin 0-01
Séamus O’Carroll 0-01

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