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There Was 'Slagging' In The Dublin Dressing Room After A Shock Result In The Dublin SFC

By PJ Browne
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Three weeks ago, Castleknock pulled off a massive shock in the first round of the Dublin Senior Football Championship.

At Parnell Park, they beat a star-studded Oliver Plunketts side by three points.

What makes the result so remarkable is Castleknock still being in its adolescence as a club. Formed in 1998, this only their second year in senior football. Two years ago they won the Dublin Intermediate Championship. Two years prior to that, they claimed the Dublin Junior title.

Their opponents in the first round of the Dublin SFC have a far more extensive history in the top tier. Though they're never been crowned Dublin champions, over the last eight years, Plunketts reached three finals.



Castleknock's star player is also one of Dublin's best - Ciaran Kilkenny. Yesterday, he was named Opel Player of the Month for April.

Kilkenny's enthusiasm for his club is abundant. He speaks with a vigour and an ownership of a team established just five years after his birth.


It was brilliant.

They're local rivals and obviously I know a few of the lads from playing with Dublin. So there's a bit of craic floating about.

To win it with the lads I grew up with and would have played all the way up with was brilliant and great for the club.

It was great for the young lads who were at the game who went the pitch at half-time in Parnell Park kicking and pucking the ball. They went on in the next few days to win Feile. It was a great few weeks for the club.

After returning to duty with Dublin following three weeks with his club, Kilkenny admits there was a little bit of slagging between him and some of the Oliver Plunketts players.

There's a bit of banter going around between all the auld lads in the pub. It was great, there was a bit of slagging going on a week or two before the game in the dressing room because we had played them in the league previously and we beat them by two points.

There was a small bit of slagging, I suppose.

The Castleknock journey is not going to be a J1 trip. Kilkenny believes the players coming through can help the club take up permanent residency at the top of Dublin football.

It's savage, it was brilliant.

The team I was on we were lucky we won hurling Feile, we lost in the football final and then we went on to win the minor championship.

It's great to see that younger teams are doing well and there's another crop coming through. They lost in the hurling final and then went on and won in the football final. They beat Balinteer, they're a very good side, they're a very good side. So the future's bright for our club. Hopefully we just keep going now.

Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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