Crokes finish strongly to secure Dublin SFC quarter-final place

August 28, 2023

Kerins O' Rahillys' Darragh McElligott and Hugh Kenny of Kilmacud Crokes ©INPHO/James Crombie

All-Ireland club football champions Kilmacud Crokes are through to the Dublin SFC quarter-finals after finishing strongly to beat Castleknock yesterday.

With Ciaran Kilkenny in fine scoring form, the sides were tied on 1-13 to 3-7 at the end of the third quarter, but a 49th minute goal from Hugh Kenny propelled Crokes to a 4-11 to 1-14 victory, with the returning Paul Mannion, Callum Pearson and Dan O’Brien adding late points. The Southsiders' other goals were scored by Shane Horan, Shane Cunningham and Galway star Shane Walsh after Conor Chawke had raised an early green flag for Castleknock.

The result leaves Crokes - who have added Meath legend Bernard Flynn to their backroom team - top of Group 2 on four points with Castleknock and Skerries Harps on two each and St Sylvester's bottom. Skerries kept their quarter-final hopes alive with a 1-13 to 1-12 win over Sylvester's.

In Group 4, St Jude's continued their strong start with a 4-11 to 0-11 defeat of St Vincent's, who had Sean Lambe sent off. In Group 3, Cuala trumped Lucan Sarsfields 0-17 to 0-12 for their first win.

Elsewhere, Brian Ashton’s goal handed Ballymun Kickhams a 1-9 to 0-7 victory over Templeogue Synge Street, Na Fianna defeated Whitehall Colmcille 3-13 to 0-15, Thomas Davis pipped Raheny 1-10 to 1-9, while Ballyboden St Enda's overcame local rivals Ballinteer St John's by 1-17 to 1-13.

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