Castleknock 0-10 Clanna Gael Fontenoy 0-04
By Shane Dawson @SLawrenceDawson
A rampant second half performance from Castleknock ensured victory against Clanna Gael Fontenoy in a wet and windy Parnell Park on Friday night. Stormy conditions howled around the Donnycarney venue making playing conditions extremely difficult for both teams from the outset.
In a low scoring first half which yielded just five scores, the ball spent more time spinning across a slippery surface than it did in the hands of players from either team. Castleknock were favourites going into this fiercely anticipated semi-final. However, it was Clanna Gael who had a much brighter opening to the game.
Matches played in torrid conditions rely on accurate kicking from set pieces. It is no wonder that just five scores in total came from open play in an uninspiring semi-final match. Clanna Gael’s talisman Ricky Joyce dictated the opening quarter of the match for his team. The first three points of the match came from his set piece attempts.
Joyce hit three unanswered scores; an early point got Clanna Gael off to the perfect start before a sideline point and a well taken ’45 ensured they were firmly in the driving seat. Joyce could have added a goal to his tally when he was put through one on one with the ‘keeper after a neat pass from half forward Matt Griffin. However, Joyce’s close rang effort was thwarted by a strong save from Castleknock ‘keeper Cian O’Hara who dived bravely to his right. Read more http://www.grassrootsgaa.ie/adult-football-championship/castleknock-progress-to-final-after-second-half-comeback-against-clanna-gael-fontenoy