Castleknock defeated but Colmcille’s remain in hunt
DESPITE producing a gallant effort in St Loman’s, Mullingar, Castleknock CC suffered a seven-point defeat to Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore in Tuesday’s Leinster Senior ‘B’ Football Championship semi-final.
‘Knock had progressed to the provincial series as a result of their county final success against Malahide CS on February 25.
They lined out in the Westmeath venue without the services of Luke Swan, who played a starring role for the Dublin U20s in their Leinster final triumph over Laois last Friday night.
In his absence, Castleknock developed an encouraging 2-4 to 2-3 interval cushion. The Dublin champions remained in the ascendancy with 10 minutes remaining, but it was their Offaly counterparts who discovered an extra gear during the closing stages.
Courtesy of three-pointers from Luke Egan and Jack Bryant, Choilm ultimately advanced on a 4-9 to 3-5 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Knocklyon school St Colmcille’s CS and Dunshaughlin CC will be forced to do battle again after they played out a 2-9 to 3-6 draw in a Leinster Schools Junior ‘B’ football semi-final at Russell Park on Monday.