Ciaran Kilkenny leads Castleknock to first Dublin SFC final

Castleknock 0-11
St Jude’s 1-4

Paul Keane reports from Parnell Park

CIARAN KILKENNY IS on the verge of making another piece of history after guiding Castleknock to a shock Dublin SFC final place.

Dublin’s back-to-back All-Ireland medal winning half-forward pulled the strings from midfield on a famous night at Parnell Park that saw the west Dubliners book a maiden final spot.

Kilkenny won three crucial frees that were converted by Des Carlos during a second-half that Castleknock dominated.

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Carlos finished with nine points in total and kicked two great points from play late in the game that copper fastened an impressive win.

Their reward for the breakthrough victory is a final date with powerhouse outfit St Vincent’s on Saturday week back at the Donneycarney venue.

Castleknock’s Kevin Kindlon with Seamus Ryan of St Jude’s.

Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Jude’s were big favourites to win here and Castleknock will fancy their chances of another upset against four-in-a-row finalists Vincent’s.


They ground Jude’s into submission with a possession based game that frustrated the Kevin McManamon led outfit.

McManamon finished with 1-1 and put Jude’s 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes with a great point but they couldn’t kick on.

The teams were tied at 0-3 apiece after a forgettable first-half notable for the amount of possession Castleknock enjoyed as they passed across the pitch, back and forth.

They lacked a vital cutting edge up front for spells and it looked as if Judes might make them pay when McManamon scored a trademark solo goal after 46 minutes to put the south Dublin outfit 1-4 to 0-6 ahead.

Remarkably, Jude’s didn’t score again and Castleknock finished with five points in a row, four of those from Carlos to progress in some style and keep their eye on the big prize.

Scorers for Castleknock: Des Carlos 0-9 (0-7f), Mikey Galvin, Ben Galvin 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Judes: Kevin McManamon 1-1, Kieran Doherty, Declan Donnelly, Niall Coakley (0-1f) 0-1 each.


1. Morven Connolly

2. Tom Quinn
3. Eoin O’Brien
4. Paul Bourke

5. Graham Hannigan
6. Tom Shiels
7. Peter Sherry


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8. Ciaran Kilkenny
9. James Sherry

10. Des Carlos
11. Shane Boland
12. Ben Galvin

13. Colin Lynch
14. Kevin Kindlon
15. Mikey Galvin


John Kindlon for M Galvin 48
Matthew Griffin for B Galvin 58
Tom Corcoran for Lynch 58

St Jude’s

1. Paul Copeland

2. Rob Martina
3. Paul Cunningham
4. Robert Finnegan

5. Mark Sweeney
6. Conor McBride
7. Billy Sheehan

8. Colm Murphy
9. Seamus Ryan

10. Kieran Doherty
11. Ronan Joyce
12. Thomas Lahiff

13. Niall Coakley
14. Declan Donnelly
15. Kevin McManamon


Enda Dalton for Joyce h/t
Diarmuid McLoughlin for Lahiff 40
Paul Courtney for Murphy 42
Brendan McManamon for Coakley 52
Joey Donnelly for Doherty 52
Oisin Manning for Courtney 62 BC

Referee: James King.

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